Build Your Personal Story: What Does Your Resume Say About You?

Your resume should tell your story. It’s more than just a list of your skills and accomplishments. Your resume needs to tell a compelling story that illustrates who you are, where you’re going and what you can contribute to the company that hires you.

You need to prove that you’re the most qualified and talented worker – and the right fit for the job. How can you craft your resume to position yourself as the best possible candidate?

Summarize Your Strong Points

It’s best to start with your experiences that most relevant to the job you’re applying for. But if they aren’t the most recent, then you can plug them into a summary section. The summary section, replacing the once popular resume “objective,” should start off the resume, and list a few really strong statements that make you stand out as a qualified professional. Give your potential employers a sense of the value you could bring to their company.

Summary statements are usually best for professionals with years of experience, but they can also work for younger professionals with less experience who want to communicate their goals. They give you the chance to unify the highlights of your resume and describe what a valuable candidate you are.

Make Your Sections Work for You

Sometimes your career doesn’t always make chronological sense – particularly if you have a diverse work history, possibly filling gaps with seemingly random jobs as you look to transition to a new focus. For example, if you’ve worked in several industries or departments, you could separate each of those into individual sections. Group all of your custom service experience under one heading, all of your accounting experience under one heading and so on. This strategy makes your work history look more organized and logical, instead of making it seem that you’ve darted around many different industries, or that your career lacks a focus.

Frame Your Experiences

You should always tailor your resume for each job you apply to. Most resume writing advice recommends that you don’t include jobs in your work history that aren’t related to the position you’re applying for. But if you’re new to the workforce or that particular industry, that might leave you with very little work experience to list. So, rethink what jobs are “irrelevant.” No matter what kinds of jobs you’ve had in the past, they’re surely packed with those transferable skills – think punctuality, organization, time management, customer service, teamwork and communication. Your transferable skills are those soft skills that make you seem really valuable to employers even though you might feel a little under-qualified when it comes to technical skills.

In other words, think about the most important skills you acquired from your prior jobs. Use the words from the job posting to help you identify which skills to target. Then list those skills in your work history, highlighting them in a way that demonstrates how those skills will benefit you in your next job.

Let Your Resume Showcase Your Story!

As your first impression to potential employers, it’s important that your resume showcases who you are as a professional and why you would be a good fit for an opening. Make sure your resume is tailored to a specific position and highlights your most relevant experiences and skills. For more resume tips and job search advice, contact ICR Staffing Services, a leading staffing company based in Victorville, CA.

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