A resume is a universally recognized job-hunting tool. It’s the very first impression you give to potential employers and recruiters, and it’s the single most important element of the job application process. It’s where you’ll list all your relevant job experience and all your accomplishments, not to mention your best qualities as an employee. And it’s one of the only ways you can secure an interview.
You only have a few seconds to make a first impression.
Forbes reported that recruiters spend only 6.28 seconds when looking at resumes. And you have a lot to accomplish in that small window of time: You have to convince a hiring manager that you’re not only qualified for the job, but you’re the one and only person who can do it. To make them want to pick up the phone to learn more about you, keep your resume brief, exciting and engaging from the first line.
Here’s what your resume should do:
Highlight your relevant qualifications (i.e., strengths, skills, accomplishments and knowledge)
Summarizes your qualifications that your references and people in your network can use to speak effectively about you
Demonstrate your ability to present information in an organized, concise and professional manner
With a little strategy and knowledge, you’ll be able to give your resume a significant edge and professional appearance.
Skills and experience are what employers seek and job candidates have to offer. A skill is defined as the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance, a learned power of doing something competently, a developed aptitude or ability. Transferable skills are things you have learned to do well that can be used and taken with you from job to job, competencies that can be used in multiple situations. Transferable skills are especially important to college students and career changers.
Employers rate the skills/qualities they want in new college hires
Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
Ability to make decisions and solve problems
Ability to obtain and process information
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
Ability to analyze quantitative data
Technical knowledge related to the job
Proficiency with computer software programs
Ability to create and/or edit written reports
Ability to sell or influence others
Source: Job Outlook 2013 Spring Update, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Classroom Transferable Skills
Communication Transferable Skills
Day-to-day Transferable Skills
Interpersonal/Human Relations Transferable Skills
Intrinsic Military Transferable Skills - See Military Section
Leadership Transferable Skills
Management Transferable Skills
Research and Planning Transferable Skills
Special Transferable Skills
Here are some things to get you started.
Access Optimal Resume, (First-time users visit Online Career Tools to get login information.)
Career Services' Resume Writing Guide (PDF)
Optimal Resume's Builder Help (PDF)
Optimal Resume's Linkedin Guide (PDF)
When you are finished creating a resume, cvwordchecker.com provides a quick, free means of checking the quality of the words used and suggests which words could be better.