Did you know that hiring managers spend an average of six seconds to make the initial “fit” or “no fit” hiring decision when looking at resumes? With this kind of competition, you need to ensure you pass the screening process and get into the interview room, right? Try building a killer business profile for your resume. A good profile is like putting an elevator in a ten-story building that helps the hiring manager to get to where they want to go quickly. A hard-hitting profile is packed with your most sought-after skills and expertise.
The following sections are essential for your business profile:
A career objective section should be focused on one central position. It should also be tailored depending on the industry or position, not just have a general objective about the job or career. Make sure this section is easy to read with short and precise statements.
Qualifications and Professional Experience
Emphasize your career achievements here and highlight your most impressive achievements or past work. Keep things organized and precise by offering short statements on work done in previous positions and use keywords that are used in the job description to stand out. This is one of the most important sections so be sure to make it is easy to see and digest with lists or bullet points. Organize by the importance or relevance to the new employers and what skills or past experience they might want to see.
Researching the Target Position
The more closely your profile targets the employer’s needs, the higher your chances are of securing that position. Research the employer’s company website and mold your information to what the employer is looking for from an ideal candidate. Your qualifications determine how you measure up to the ideal job. Start by mentioning your years of experience as they will attract the hiring manager’s attention and prove your suitability to undertake the duties of that post.
Use Your Value as Part of the Profile
Are you an expert in your field? Would you help solve your employer’s problems? Mention how the employer will benefit from hiring you. Quantify your expertise to add weight to your point and further attract the recruiter. Your business profile for your resume should target your career goal. Showcase the skills that apply only to the specific job you’re applying for and those that add more value to your industry. Also, add certifications and licenses that are related to your industry.
Stress your accomplishments as a final point to your resume. Ensure they are relevant and applicable to your job industry. For example, you might state that you received 1st place in a web design contest while working at a graphic design firm. This is relevant when applying for a web designing job or in an artistic capacity.
Remember first impressions are lasting impressions. Build business profiles that catch the eye of the hiring manager, are free from errors, and use the appropriate tone based on your career field. Refrain from generalized statements such as “creative innovator”. Be straightforward and make sure your profile is easy to read.
About the Author: Eileen O’Shanassy
Eileen is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.