Writing your resume
Tailor your keywords
"Many résumés today are screened first by an automated system and then by a recruiter before they ever make it to a hiring manager's desk," said Joyce Maroney, director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. "Therefore, it's even more important than ever to tailor your résumé to the position you're applying for. It's equally as important to make sure that keywords from the job description also appear in your résumé."
"A properly written and professional résumé will mirror the candidate described in the job posting by employing the right keywords, the right job functions and the right aesthetically pleasing format," added Wendi Weiner, a certified professional résumé writer and owner of The Writing Guru. "Results and accomplishments will accentuate the job functions, while core skills will enable the résumé to be keyword-rich in content and a structured format with the right headings will draw the reader's attention."
Keep it concise
"Less is more," said Cristin Sturchio, global head of talent at the business research firm Cognolink. "Why have two pages when you can have one? Why say it in 12 bullet points when you can say it in 10? Write clear, concise sentences that make your point and save the detail for the interview. If it takes a hiring manager too long to figure out what you did, he or she will likely move on."
"[Whether your résumé is] being reviewed by a recruiter, team lead, developer or CEO, they need to be able to skim it and get the gist," added Elizabeth Hall, vice president of people at project management solution Trello.
List your social media profiles
"If, and only if, your social media accounts are filled with professional posts pertaining to your industry, listing them on your résumé can be advantageous," said Richie Frieman, author of "Reply All [And Other Ways to Tank Your Career]" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2013). "They can show you have a strong network and are up to speed with modern-day marketing and communications practices. The hiring manager will see that you like to keep up with what's happening, and that you care about learning more."
Use quantifiable data
"Find a way to support what you did with numbers that demonstrate you are a results-oriented individual," Sturchio told Business News Daily. "'Made outbound calls to generate donations from alumni' tells what you did. 'Made 150 outbound calls to alumni that resulted in $12,500 in donations' tells what you achieved."
Charley Polachi, managing partner of Polachi Access Executive Search, recommended taking an "alpha and omega" approach when figuring out how to incorporate this information into your résumé. What was the state of the company when you joined and where is it today? For example, you can write, "Added 10 new clients in two months," or "Improved sales by 15 percent last quarter."
Discuss your side projects
"This is a great way to show employers that you're using your own time to acquire and grow skills outside of the job that will help you develop and contribute in the long run," Leavy-Detrick said. "It's also a great way for job seekers to engage in the type of work and learn the type of skills that really interest them."
Create a QR code
"Even if the QR code only contains a link to the person's LinkedIn profile or phone number, it shows a comfort level [with] and knowledge of technology," said Bruce Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing.
Leverage your failures
"One non-intuitive thing employers want to see on a résumé is failure," said Phil Rosenberg, president of reCareered.com. "Employers want to see that you've tried, failed and learned from your failure, all on a prior employer's dime. This demonstrates innovation, willingness to teach risks, [and] faster reaction and response time. It is also a learning experience, and failure teaches success."
List your low-level jobs
Teets, who is now vice president and general manager of McDonald's Rocky Mountain region, said employers value the things that workers learn at their early jobs. At McDonald's, for example, workers learn to operate as part of a team, to challenge themselves and to roll with the punches, all skills that will come in handy at any job.
Add in relevant awards or recognition
"One thing that top employers consistently seek out is proof that a given candidate is uncommonly talented or driven," said Mike Junge, a recruiting, staffing and career expert. "This is particularly true if the talent or drive is directly relevant to the job at hand, but it's also true for applicants who have competed at a high level in other areas. High-performing companies are always looking for an edge in the marketplace, and having a team of competitive and passionate employees on board can provide a significant advantage."
Say it in a video
"Including a link to a video résumé is a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd and impress hiring managers," said Josh Tolan, CEO of video interviewing solutions provider Spark Hire. "On video, job candidates can show off their personality, communication skills and ambition. It can help hiring managers get a better insight into the candidate and will allow them to envision how the candidate would fit into the company culture. Employers want to see job candidates who are confident and able to come up with creative solutions to common problems, and video résumés are a great way to demonstrate just those qualities."
Additional reporting by David Mielach, Business News Daily social media contributor.