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5 things to consider when building your resume

 

 

Resume writing can be overwhelming. A couple of our expert recruiters pulled together and came up with 5 top considerations to make when building your resume.

Write your own resume

Your spouse, friends, or coworkers are not going to know how to compile your qualifications and list your unique identifiers in the same way that you would. Sure, they can help - but you need to own the details. Your personality doesn't have a chance to shine through in your resume if you're not behind the driver's seat. Plus, what if you're asked a question in an interview and your response doesn't quite line up with what's in your resume? Talk about embarrassing. On top of that, now your credibility could be blown!

Expand on your position responsibilities

We know it can be tough to talk about what you do each day, but employers want to know.

    • What does your day look like?
      • consider specific tasks
    • What skills do you utilize for tasks throughout your day?
      • leadership skills during meetings
      • delegation skills with team mates
      • troubleshooting skills (employee conflict or software/hardware related)

Describing these things in bullet points helps hiring managers easily digest your top skills. Remember to include education information. High school diplomas, GED’s, degrees, and certificates – all of these are important. And most employers will require some level of education or training.

Also, don’t be afraid to include accomplishments. What have you done to benefit the company? Has the company given you specific training? 

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Grammar and spelling

No matter how qualified you may be, if your resume consists of spelling and grammar errors, it can immediately diminish your credibility. Don't let simple errors cloud a hiring manager's perception of you as a qualified candidate. Dedicate a little extra time to proof reading by plugging it into a free tool like Grammarly to check behind you. 

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Accuracy

Including skills or information on your resume that you don't have or haven't accomplished is deceiving. Put your best foot forward, but be genuine. Accuracy matters not only in your work history and skills but also in the contact information you provide. Make sure information like phone number and email is correct and in working order so you don’t miss any communication. Not being able to be contacted could result in a hiring manager moving on to another candidate, even if you are the most qualified.

Cover letter is not necessary

Employers don’t read these, and neither do we. We know you want the job; we just want to see your work history and experience. Spend your time on perfecting your resume, making sure it speaks to your qualifications catered towards the position and is well written, so you stand out from the stack.

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5 Critical things resume-05-1Standing out among many other applicants with similar qualifications can be difficult. Our recruiters are here to help! 

 

 

 

Derek Ninneman

Derek is a Professional Recruiter at HTI. He is dedicated to helping job seekers along their career journey by matching them with top employers.

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