What do you need to make your resume come to the top of the proverbial digital stack? Well of course it’s the secret sauce. What is this magic elixir?
Study the employer’s job description…. Write your resume so that you use the key phrases used in the job description. You must embed those key phrases multiple times in your resume. Caution: Make sure that those key phrasings are accurate to your experience. Don’t fabricate. The average Staffing individual at most companies gets 15-30 seconds to read your resume. You must capture the individual’s attention in those seconds. That’s imperative!
No-one is a resume writing expert, at least not the engineers that I’ve met. And there’s a good reason for that. They have been busy working away—buried in excellence. Heads down. So now as you look for the next great role, use your laser-like intellect to focus on those organizations seeking skill sets you already have. You’ll find the relevant skills mentioned in a company’s web-site, position descriptions or if you are really a strong sleuth find employees who work in those organizations, and see the skills represented (LinkedIn can help you there). In current career forays--your resume will go through the company’s ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems). These systems rank candidates to a given job. They do that using key skills or buzzwords. Want your resume to stand-out? Embed those skills in your cv. After your resume gets through the ATS and the Staffing Specialist gets it into the Hiring Manager’s inbox --guess what? He or she will quickly scan for the skills you have embedded. If you appear to be a strong fit you will get a phone call from Staffing.
So What Does This Doc Look Like?
In my humble opinion, the resume should be the essence of clarity. Clear and Concise are your watchwords. Create a Summary that describes your key strengths and highlights the relevant skills we have described above.
Next comes your Experience. This will describe the positions, companies, time periods and responsibilities for each company, in which you were employed. Again remember to embed those key skills. This will make you a digital shoe-in. Next include an Education and Certifications section. After that an Awards section or a section that details your Advanced Skills and critical proficiencies. Review your resume for clarity and reading ease. The font should be easy on the eyes and the format balanced and clear. It may suit your purpose to use bullet points to detail your key responsibilities and achievements.
Review and Review
Look at your stellar document in terms of grammar and spelling. Yes you have to have the “right stuff”. But you also have to demonstrate it clearly, concisely and without errors. My strong suggestion is that you have a friend (who is a bit picky) look it over for obvious mistakes.
You can be the world’s best software engineer, mobile developer….etc. but presentation counts. It tells a lot about you. Bring your talents to the fore by researching appropriately, embedding critical keywords strategically, and develop a “killer resume”. And you’ll be using the secret sauce to resume writing.