Don’t Put THAT on Your Resume!
By Kathryn Doan, AgCareers.com
In today’s competitive job market, you need to ask yourself, why will the hiring manager put my resume on the top of their pile? Understanding that employers are looking to attract, retain and develop employees with certain skill sets is essential; as a result, make sure your resume matches the job characteristics. Every employer values a person that has attention to detail; so why not impress them with your customized resume for their role.
As a manager, I am continually surprised by the resumes that I receive that are full of errors, irrelevancy and I even ask the question if they know the role in which they just applied? The role of the resume is to accurately and efficiently convey your key skills, experience and educational criteria which would provide an invitation to the next step in the hiring process.
Every candidate brings unique skill sets to potential employers. When describing past roles and responsibilities, be clear, descriptive and take two or three points to explain the main strength in skill development. For example, saying experience in Customer Service means something very different to different people; be clear by expressing the benefits of problem solving or productivity efficiency in measurable terms such as sales or customer volume. It is vital to differentiate yourself from other candidates.
DON’T Include These Items on Your Resume:
DO Include These Items on Your Resume:
The resume is your one brief opportunity to elevate your skills and experience; make sure it is professional, accurate and relatable to the role.
This article was first published in the AgCareers.com Career Cultivation blog. Check out the blog for more employment advice for your career in agriculture!