You are struggling to understand what employers want in a resume: What will make them take notice? In many ways, what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in.
Employers and recruiters welcome a resume that shows:
- You have the skills to handle the job.
- You will contribute something in addition to skills, as demonstrated by achievements at your current job (“chosen employee of the month,” “saved company $1,500 in recycle costs”), volunteer work and work-related courses.
- You take pride in your work, as shown in part by the care you take to create a presentable resume.
What employers and recruiters do not want in a resume is:
- Your life history. Focus your resume on the requirements of the job. Employers and recruiters want to know that you can handle the job you are applying for.
- Excuses. If you do not have job experience, stress education. If you lack one skill, stress another and your ability to learn.
- Inconsistencies. Always tell the truth on your resume. Also, if you use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other online site, make sure you appear in a professional light at all times and that the information on those sites matches the information on your resume.
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