Though most job candidates would consider the interview as getting your foot through the door, the resume is just as significant, as it is what opens that proverbial door. As a result, job seekers must think like an employer when crafting their next resume.
It’s been said before: each resume must be tailored for each position. In reading the job description and requirements, you can align your relevant skills and accomplishments. This strategy will achieve addressing technical skills for a job, like content writing or programming.
But what about addressing the “soft skills” desired by employers?
In a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 244 employers took part in the Job Outlook Survey 2012, and the findings concluded that employers look for evidence of these five skills on a resume:
Working on a Team
Consider including relevant projects or contributions created by you and your fellow coworkers or classmates.
List a leadership position (maybe within a club or professional organization) and accomplishments made from the position’s responsibilities.
Incorporate relevant writing experience you have had in a position, whether writing blog entries or journalistic articles. If your experiences have not allowed for much writing, consider starting your own blog.
This is where you want to include quantitative data. Some examples to list include if you saved time or money by making a process more efficient, handling a crisis, or gaining more clients than last year.
Strong Work Ethic
This can exude from your resume if crafted to list accomplishments rather than responsibilities. It’s about the quality, not quantity, of work you have done.
Job seekers: does your resume include these five skills? What are some other ways to craft a promising resume for employers?
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About the Author: Katie Lewis is currently a senior at Florida State University and will graduate in May 2012 with a B.A. in Editing, Writing, and Media. Minoring in Communications and attending her first meeting of the Florida Public Relations Association Student Chapter inspired her to pursue a career in public relations.