Did you know that hiring managers look at resumes for an average of 6 to 7 seconds? This means you have less than 10 seconds to make a positive first impression and keep them reading! An error, typo, or failure to market yourself successfully could be the reason your resume ends up in the discard pile. Today, we want to discuss some ways you can help put your best resume forward and make a great first impression. 

Use quantifiable examples 

One of the biggest mistakes people can make on their resume is failing to list quantifiable achievements and successes.

It is imperative that you stand out by:  

  • Stating specifics, such as successful projects, revenue growth, or cost savings. You need to show the business or organization exactly what you have accomplished.   
  • Provide all necessary specifics so potential employers can imagine you doing the same when working in the position you are applying for. 

Hiring managers prefer specific data over vague recollections from previous roles. 

“Research has shown that including numbers on your resume can increase your chances of landing an interview by as much as 40%.”

Fast Company 

Tailor your resume 

Your resume should always be customized to the individual position. Cater your resume to your skills and accomplishments which fit the qualifications of the position. Carefully read the job posting and look for key points to highlight. Emphasize the expertise you have that fit the job position, and ensure you show the hiring manager how you will successfully fit in.  

Keywords are vital for both ATS and humans reading your resume! Some Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), have keywords easy to detect, others are less obvious. One of the many benefits of working with a professional resume writer such as Resumes with Results is experience in carefully weaving keywords strategically into your resume for both hiring managers and Applicant Tracking Systems. 

Always edit 

While this may seem obvious, you would be surprised at how often people fail to proofread their resume. Improper spelling or grammar mistakes will likely ensure that your resume will be tossed in the “no thank you” pile.

If a potential employer feels that you cannot take the time to edit your resume, how high are the chances they will feel confident in your attention to detail and care for your work? Always proofread your resume prior to it being submitted.

When possible, utilize a third party to review your documents, as you can often overlook errors in your own writing.  

Provide appropriate contact information 

This simple, yet vital, aspect on your resume is essential! Ensure your contact information is up to date and lists the best way for potential employers to contact you. Additionally, don’t use nicknames or unprofessional usernames in your contact information. You can easily create a professional email address using Gmail, for example. 

Resumes with Results has over 30 years of extensive expertise in crafting skills-based resumes, which are designed to showcase your value, talents, and experience. Each resume is carefully and uniquely crafted to the individual client. We will ensure that we understand what you have achieved and convey that on your resume, including your qualifications and quantifiable examples that will help set your apart from the competition. Contact our team of experienced writers today!