As a job seeker, you want to make a strong impression on the hiring manager. Standing out in a never-ending sea of resumes is quite a challenge. Resilience is the stuffing job seekers are made of–especially those birthed during a nightmare economy. Getting your resume to the top of the pile is possible, as long as you’re willing to fine-tune it until it becomes music to the hiring manager’s ears.

Does the perfect resume exist? Probably not, but in light of this information, you should still aim to create one that communicates everything you want to say. Go for the gold and set yourself up for success!

As you prepare your resume to wow hiring managers, imagine what you would look for in a candidate if you were hiring for the position. What qualifications would stand out to you? Would grammatical errors or fuzzy job descriptions negatively affect the candidate’s chances of scoring an interview? 

Hiring managers are human. Gasp. Shocking but true. They are looking for the best possible fit to fill the company’s vacant positions. Your role is to accentuate the qualities you possess that the hiring manager will find most suitable for the post. 

Once you have thoroughly read the job description, you should tweak your resume, as appropriate, to show exactly how your experience matches the qualifications listed.

When reviewing your resume, hiring managers should see:

1.   Areas of proficiency (strong skill set) – What you bring to the table

2.   Relevant background and experience – What industries you’ve worked in

3.   Top achievements in your current/previous positions – How you conquered specific goals and assignments

4.   Clear professional direction – Where you are going

5.   Compatibility – Types of roles you’ve held and whether you would be a good fit for the company

Allow your resume to speak in a voice that accurately reflects who you are and what you can do. The right company will value your experience. It’s just a matter of time before you hear those two magic words, “You’re hired!”