Crafting Your Winning Résumé: It’s Not as Easy as It Seems

When your résumé arrives at a company, it will more than likely get screened by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for about 10 seconds before it is passed over to a team of Human Resources associate(s) or administrative staff for further review.

Whereas there are various digital tools to aid job seekers with organizing a résumé: It is the job seeker’s responsibility to ensure that the correct and relevant information is given to employers.

Consider the following top 20 essential questions to ask as you develop content to highlight your career readiness competencies and increase your chances of passing the 10-second ATS scan, getting an interview and advancing your career:

  1. Is the kind of job you seek clear, and does it relate to the job that is posted?
  2. Is the content relevant and supports the needs of the position/employer?
  3. Did you focus your résumé on the intended target and not try to make it a one-size-fits-all document?
  4. Did your qualifications and achievements sections support the objective?
  5. Did you qualify/quantify your accomplishments?
  6. Are your achievements relevant and described with action words?
  7. Is the length and depth of your experience clear and relevant to your job target?
  8. Are the sections placed in the best order to promote your strongest skills that relate to the job target?
  9. Have you proven your “career readiness” competencies (critical thinking, communication,
    teamwork, leadership, digital, equity and inclusion)?
  10. Are the relevant industry specific acronyms and keywords demonstrated and validated in the
  11. Is it a true promotional tool, with your own personal brand and more than just a listing of your work
  12. Is your work history/experience listed in reverse chronological order (most recent job first)?
  13. Did you include links to your professional online profile/website or portfolio if relevant to your field?
  14. Is your résumé’s overall appearance neat and appealing to the eye (not too many white spaces,
    proper font size, right spacing)?
  15. If you were in the military, did you clearly communicate your military experience in civilian terms?
  16. Is your writing style clear, concise, and focused?
  17. Could you shorten your résumé without removing facts that are most relevant to the job target?
  18. Does your résumé focus on the results/outcomes of your past work?
  19. Are there any typos, spelling, grammatical errors, misspelled words, or abbreviations?
  20. What other steps should you take to improve your résumé and increase your chances of success in your job search?

Want to learn more? Schedule a free consultation to learn the ins and outs of crafting the winning résumé that will land you your next job! 

Veronica, Founder

Ensuring equity in the delivery of services is my core belief; I work to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. As a coach, it is my privilege to help clients identify their unique skills and competencies and apply them as they conduct their job search. 

In short: I believe in endless possibilities and that individuals have unique strengths and capabilities waiting to be realized. Learn more about Veronica

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