If you are going to be looking for a new career/job in 2020, now is the time to start getting your resume and cover letter together!

Take the time to edit your resume and include pertinent experience and keywords.   Your resume is a first impression to a company, HR/Recruiter or hiring manger, so be sure to make it attention worthy.

Here are five tips to make sure your resume stands out and gets to the top of the pile:

1 – Highlight Relevant Work Experience

Of course, this seems like common sense, and you don’t need to list every accomplishment or job you’ve had. Whatever position you’re applying for, highlight only your most relevant skills and experience and potentially create a few different versions of your resume, using appropriate keywords on each version.  You want to catch the attention of HR/Recruiter/Hiring manager.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Customize your resume to reflect the specific job you’re applying for
  • Outline skills you have that make you the perfect candidate
  • Talk about projects or successes you’ve had that are relatable; use Keywords

2 – Quantify Your Worth

Highlight specific accomplishments with percentages throughout your resume.  If there’s a particular story or relevant experience that you can expand upon, your cover letter is the ideal place to do it. Consider your resume a sneak preview into your cover letter details.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add numbers and percentages where appropriate (i.e. cost savings, improving accuracy, contributing to the bottom line, etc.)
  • Explain impressive results in a cover letter
  • Include volunteer work (i.e. hours and experience)

3 – Update Experience with Online Certifications

Certifications show hiring managers that you’re motivated to learn as much as you can about an industry.  Renewing and obtaining online certifications proves you’re willing to stay updated on industry trends.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Include details of any certifications you hold (i.e. IT, Health Care, Project Management, Business, etc.)
  • Be prepared to show proof, if necessary
  • Consider getting certified before or during your job hunt

4 – Format Correctly

Showcase your professionalism and organization by formatting it correctly. Make it easy to read with increased line spacing, proper grammar, and organized sections relevant to your work experience.   Less can be more!  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Use easy-to-read fonts
  • Make all hyperlinks live