When was the last time you did something to give your resume a boost? If the answer to that question is, “too long,” then maybe it’s time to blow the dust off of that document and get to work. Here are a few tips on how to build a resume that has job-landing potential:
A good way to get your resume supercharged is to look for volunteer opportunities in your area. Volunteering highlights your altruistic tendencies, and allows you to develop job-applicable skills in real world situations.
Even if you only have a few hours every month to donate to a cause, you can find volunteer opportunities that suit your skills and your interests. Do something that you feel passionate about, whether that’s coaching a basketball team or donating your web design skills to a nonprofit organization.
A great way to let potential employers know how much you are invested in the industry is by furthering your education. Consider taking a class at your local community college, attending some professional seminars, or getting certified in your area of specialty.
Not only will these tactics demonstrate a commitment to bettering your skills and increasing your knowledge, but they will also display a basic level of competency in your chosen field. If you don’t have a lot of time, online classes and certifications are usually regarded in the same way as their offline counterparts and will allow you to work around your schedule.
Use Social Media
Believe it or not, blogging and Twitter can make a big difference on your resume. Good social media skills will allow you to show off your industry knowledge by posting about relevant topics.
Look Your Best
Put your best foot forward before setting foot in the door by highlighting your most relevant experience in a way that will make your resume stand out. Put your best accomplishments near the top of your resume and use strong action verbs to demonstrate how you were an asset in your previous positions.
Before sending your resume out to any potential employers, have a career coach or resume writer give it a once-over to see if there is anything that you could improve, either visually or content-wise. Be prepared to make major changes.
What resume-boosting tactics do you use? What has worked for you in the past?
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