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5 ways to make your resumé stand out

Whether you’re applying for a job straight out of school, looking to change careers, or get back into the field after time off work, the importance of having an all-star resumé is key.

Your resumé is the first step to show off your experience and persuade potential employers that you are the right fit for a desired job. Hiring managers are often busy and will quickly glance at a resumé to determine if it goes in the “yes” or “no” pile. Set yourself up for success with these tips to make your resumé stand out:

1. Incorporate key words. Highlight words that show how you delivered results or what you accomplished: words like “achieved”, “improved”, “managed”, “created”, “increased”, and “resolved”. These are things that will jump out at a hiring manager and signify that you will contribute meaningful work and measurable results.

2. Tailor your resumé to the job. While having one resumé as a template is a good idea, it is not going to work for every job that you apply for. Different industries and companies will look for certain skills and traits, so tailoring your experience and accomplishments will make a big difference.

3. Quantify your accomplishments. It’s great to say that you increased sales, but it would be even better if you could give metrics on the improvement you made at a given company. This will show hiring managers not only that you are a dedicated employee, but also that you made a real difference for previous employers.

4. Showcase a range of experience. Employers want to find well-rounded individuals who bring skills and knowledge from a range of different fields. For example, jobs such as those of enumerator and crew leader for the 2016 Census can help build crucial skills like leadership, organization, time management and problem solving. Those living in northern regions across Canada can apply online at www.census.gc.ca/jobs.

5. Keep it simple and to-the-point. Choose a clean design and font that will let your experience speak for itself. Nothing is more off-putting than a resumé with long paragraphs where you have to dig to find the relevant experience. Make sure it’s easy to read and error-free, and triple check for spelling and grammar.

– News Canada

Posted: Mar 2, 2017

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