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How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

Monday, September 7, 2020

In this time of upheaval, a lot of people have unfortunately been forced to dust off their resumes and look for new employment. There are several things you can do to help your resume make it to the top of the stack on a recruiter’s desk and just as many things that can make it end up in the wastebasket. First, make sure it's going to make it past automation. Recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly relying on automation to weed out unqualified candidates' resumes, so make sure you're including key words and phrases that are found in the job description. However, this doesn't mean your resume should be formulaic. A resume should tell a story about who you are as a professional—underneath your name and title include a summary of who you are and what you have to offer, focusing on important skills that highlight your strengths. Finally, focus on numbers. Numbers are concrete ways you can demonstrate your abilities. “They help us understand just how successful a candidate has been,” Lance Robbins, director of economic and workforce development at Distribute Consulting, explained. “Metrics are essential to telling the story of previous successes.”

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