What does your resume say about you? Does it speak about your drive and ambition? Does it showcase your areas of expertise? Or does it scream, "I work for food. Please hire me!"
Here are a few tips on what to mention in your resume that conveys the value you would bring to a position--and not just that you're looking for a job.
#1 Where You're Headed
Your objective statement (or summary paragraph) should include the type of position you're looking for, the number of years of experience in your areas of expertise, and the ideal environment in which you'd like to work.
#2 What You're Great At
Your "competencies" section should list what skills and areas of proficiency you can bring to your next role. List your professional skills that are in line with the position that you're applying for, and that are relevant to the experience you've listed in your resume.
#3 What You've Accomplished
Follow each position that you list with a bullet list of quantifiable ways you made the company successful, improved your work environment, and/or changed the way your team performs for the better.
#4 What You're Passionate About
The "additional experience" section should showcase the ways you prefer to make positive impacts in your community and/or your professional industry. Describe the volunteer roles and responsibilities that have sharpened your professional skills and led you to acquire new ones.
#5 What You're About
Your resume overall should thread together complementing roles, skills, and accomplishments that qualify you for your next step in your career path. Don't waste your (or the employer's) time reviewing duties and responsibilities that distract from or simply are not relevant to your professional goals and how they relate to the job you're applying for.
BONUS: You Know What’s Important
Now that your resume describes you at your best, ensure that it makes that great first impression you’re going for. Solicit constructive feedback from seasoned professionals. The Placement Exchange offers a Free Resume and Cover Letter Review Service to candidates who are registered for TPE Onsite 2015. You can submit your materials starting November 3, 2014. The last day to submit your information for review is March 6, 2015. Learn more.