Listing only information that is relevant to the targeted job on your resume allows the employer to quickly and easily see how your skills and experiences align with the position. It also helps to demonstrate that you are a strong fit for the role and have taken the time to tailor your application to the specific job. Additionally, including irrelevant information can clutter your resume and make it harder for the employer to find the information they are looking for.
It can also make it more focused and targeted to the specific position you are applying for. This can make it more likely that your resume will be read and considered by hiring managers and recruiters, as they will be able to quickly see that you have the qualifications and experience they are looking for. Remember, keep your resume concise and focused, which can make it more likely that it will be read in full by those reviewing it.
The nitty gritty:
The resume needs to be logical first and foremost. If the reader is wrinkling their forehead, you’ve lost the initial battle.
Use role/industry research as a way to spot relevant keywords (for the core competencies and summary sections), role responsibilities (for the experience section), and important transferable contributions (for the accomplishments section) for inclusion on your resume.
Next, make sure it has optimized keywords, a summary that preaches your USP and value, quantifiable content (even if there are no metrics, but metrics are preferred), and a format/layout that adheres to ATS mandates. Think experience content as 3 buckets: relatable/transferrable, data-driven KPIs and unique wins such as awards, speeches or media appearances.
The key to standing out among the competition is to ensure you set the tone in the first top half of the resume with what you offer, any key skills that speak to your abilities to transition into those new roles seamlessly, and any transferable skills and accomplishments that directly relate to this new role.
How can you be the Tylenol to the hiring team’s pains, and how can you make their lives easier? Convey this in as little verbiage as possible.
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