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How to grab a Recruiter’s attention by changing just 5 things in your resume

Posted on May 14th, 2019

Do you think skill session adds any value to your resume?

Why do we include skills at all? And if we are including, are we fulfilling the basic criteria why skills are mentioned in the resume?

I don’t know how you guys did till now but before reading the below information, I used to make a terrible mistake of just Bulletins all the things that I am good at. That’s it and nothing much. Do you follow the same? then I think we travel in the same boat and definitely in soup. This is going to change how we see skills session in our own resume all together and helps us get better attention from hiring managers and recruiters just like that.

Would you bear with me for a second if I tell you why Skills session is to be included in the resume?

Good! Here you go!!

While HR’s and recruiters are busy with hand full of resumes to find a perfect match for their current working job or position or requirement whatever name you call it with, If we present our resume with all the other stuff but not what they are looking for, does that even makes sense? I don’t Know.

After speaking to most of our client base and recruitment experts, I learnt how they look at our resume and skills is the first thing that we have to focus on as they try matching our resume to their current job on hand whole and solely through the skill match.

Any functional resume revolves all around skills. Instead of just billeting them, if we also mention in where all project we used that skill or software and how many years of practice we have on it, it would make a huge difference.

Even if you have a chronological resume, where you brag a little about all years the experience we have, while giving out our roles, if you “BOLD” our skills, it can easily shift your recruiter’s eyes to the skills that we excel at. (Wondering what is a chronological or functional resume? Stay tuned with us for our next article)

I know we are more excited in knowing how to well present our skills in our resume and you have been sticking to read this to help yourself. Let me take a moment to discuss what a skill is before going there?

Is “strong work ethic” a skill or a personality trait? Understanding the difference is crucial when you want your skills on a resume stand out.

Skill is the ability to do something that requires training, experience, or practice. Skills can be taught and they can be forgotten, such as: HTML, copy writing, contract negotiations, public speaking, etc.

Trait is something you were born with, a quality that makes you different from other people. For instance: hardworking, sociable, motivated, etc.

Now, remember. Only put your hard skills on your resume. Your personality traits (or transferable skills) can usually be obvious from the things you’ve accomplished.

Here without further ado, I am giving you my secret of success for my resume to get selected where ever I present it.

Listing your skills on a chronological resume is easy — simply list the relevant abilities that didn’t get into your employment history section. Always try to be specific.

When it comes to a functional resume, however, things can get a bit more complicated. Follow these steps to write a strong skills section on a resume.

  1. Stay relevant. Every part of your resume has to be custom-tailored to the specific needs of each job position. Carefully reread the job description and decide which skills are absolutely necessary for the job.
  2. Make a list of your strongest skills. Take a moment to think about the skills you have acquired over the years. Compare this list against the skills necessary for the job and see where they intersect.
  3. Divide your skills into subsections. To make your skills section more organized and eye catchy, pick 4-5 skills or skill categories to serve as subheadings.
  4. Show, don’t tell. If you claim to have a certain skill, support it with specific examples. For example, if you’ve negotiated several important business deals, don’t just write the word Provide specific examples.
  5. Organize your bullets. Arrange your bullets in a logical order if you think that the bullet points are If your skills section is longer than 2-3 bullet points, make sure they’re organized in a logical order.

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