by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
- Renew Often
One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
- Target Your Resume Title
The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It's
best to include the specific job title you're pursuing, along with
a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
- Network Administrator - CNA Specializing in NetWare - 5 Years'
- Technical Sales Representative - Maximizing Sales for the
- Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years'
- Maximize Your Keywords
One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
include keywords that don't appear elsewhere in the document.
- Show You Care About Employers' Needs
If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
- Before: A challenging position with a large
firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
- After: Customer service or front-desk position
providing world-class service to international guests.
Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
- Invest in Your Resume
Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry
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