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If you’re experienced in finding work in today’s job market, you know that it’s hard to get serious attention in a resume unless you have a hook, something that catches your reader’s attention from the first second they look at your credentials. That can be a number of different things, but here are several tips to make sure your resume is getting you the attention you deserve.

Customize your Resume

Having just one resume is not recommended. As a contractor especially, you want to make sure you take the time to fine tune your resume for the specific job you are applying to. Highlight key qualifications and skills that matter for the position in question. Make sure you are highly relevant to their search to make it to the next step in the hiring process.  Pull in key words from the job description to make sure your resume will make it through the search engine round of review, before a real person even has the chance to look at your experience and evaluate you for the role. While you will inevitably end up with several resumes if you apply to multiple positions, it’s well worth the extra effort.

Focus on Skills

You have likely already used a common reverse-chronological resume format that presents your skills and experience in terms of jobs held from most recent to least. But if you haven’t yet switched things up, consider that chronological resumes may bury your most relevant experience. Skills-based resumes do something different. With a skills-based format, the focus is on your specific skills and technical abilities as they relate to your work history. You can still provide an employment history, usually at the bottom of the page, but the main focus of the document is clearly the experiences and skills that you can bring to a new job.

While traditional resumes are perfectly acceptable, make sure you are highlighting the most relevant experience throughout your work history. Don’t let your resume get overly long, as recruiters are not keen to go digging through several pages to find what they need. Skills-based resumes are a great option for candidates who have either a limited or expansive work history. In order to keep a resume at just the right length, focus on relevant skills and the experience to back them up. This brings a reader’s attention to the most relevant skills for a particular job.

Be Thoughtful with your Objective Statement

The objective line in a resume has risen and faded in popularity over the years. Stating clearly what sort of role you are looking to earn by submitting your resume can be helpful in some cases, but in many cases where resumes are sent in response to a specific job opportunity, they can be a bit redundant. For those times when you are sending in your resume to a staffing agency or to a company in hopes that they have an opportunity that would be a good fit, that’s when an objective can be very helpful.

For more tips on how to write a contract-friendly resume, connect with the recruiting team at Williams Industrial today.

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