Do you find yourself feeling financially trapped?
You may be a college student or a recent college graduate, or maybe you haven’t been able to advance past that entry-level job you took because you needed it. You’re not alone in feeling trapped by debt or a low means of living.
But did you know that your resume may be what’s keeping you from acquiring your desired lifestyle?
If you’re using the same resume that you used in high school or the resume that the career services center at your college helped you write, your resume likely doesn’t have the information employers are going to be looking for. Sure, it has your work history and education listed but that’s not all that should be on a resume.
A results-oriented resume that speaks to the needs of the employer is what will set you apart from the other candidates that are applying for the same jobs. If you don’t know what should be on a results-oriented resume, these are the top six things your resume should say about you no matter what.
1 | I’m qualified.
The first thing your resume should say to the hiring manager or Human Resources staff reading it is that you’re qualified for the job he or she is looking to fill. The qualifications and requirements are listed on the job posting, so these should also be listed on your resume.
The most important qualifications to list are education requirements, such as a bachelor’s degree, and years of experience with specific skills, such as customer service or sales.
2 | I have related experience.
Your resume should also say that you have the experience necessary to perform the duties or responsibilities listed in the job posting. While most employers will provide on-the-job training for new employees, there are certain skills and experiences listed in the job posting that they will be looking for.
When you have related experience, you will need less on-the-job training or supervision which will be more enticing to the employer than hiring a candidate with no related experience at all.
3 | I generate results.
Each company has a goal (or many goals), and their employees are hired to help bring that goal or vision to being. Each role contributes to the overall goal or vision. For this reason, your resume should say that you generate results by showcasing the achievements you have accomplished in previous roles for other companies.
Results can be measurable achievements such as dollars saved or sales, contributions to projects, awards and recognition, or any task that required you to go above-and-beyond your typical responsibilities.
4 | I am the best fit for this job.
This is an important aspect that is often overlooked by job seekers. Since you’re competing for a job against 250+ other candidates, it’s important for your resume to say that you are the best fit for that job. To present yourself as the best fit for the job, your resume needs to show that you are the answer to that employer’s problem or can meet that employer’s need.
Developing a Branding Statement that introduces your qualifications, highlights your top job-related skills, and showcases the unique value you offer or the results you can produce for the employer is the best strategy. Your Branding Statement should indicate that you understand the organization’s mission as well.
Not sure how to get started? This Branding Statement Cheat Sheet should help!
5 | I have relevant transferable skills.
Transferable skills, or soft skills, are extremely important and, lucky for you, are learned through life experience. The most commonly sought after transferable skills are communication, organization, relationship building, time management, and teamwork. Your resume should say that you have relevant transferable skills to be a well-rounded candidate.
These transferable skills should be evident in how you describe your previous experience and the results you generated for previous employers. Depending on the job, some of these transferable skills may be directly related to the entry-level role you’re applying for and can be highlighted as key skills.
6 | I have a strong work ethic.
Your work ethic is reflected in your employment history. Do you have a consistent work history, or have you hopped from short-term role to short-term role? Your resume can also say that you have a strong work ethic in how you describe your typical tasks and achievements rather than listing them with minimal detail.
If you don’t have a solid work history because you’re a college student or recent graduate, your resume can say that you have strong work ethic by describing your contributions to projects that you worked on for your degree. You can also showcase your work ethic by describing any volunteer experience you have.
Update your resume to showcase your qualifications, experience, and skills and address the needs of the employer.