How to Highlight Your Skills on a Resume
Your resume is one of the most important things you will write in your career history. Why? Because your resume is a snapshot of who you are, your skills, and how you can benefit the company you are applying to.
Resumes are hard to create and you, like everyone else, will experience some anxiety as you create one. You will likely wonder if you are doing it correctly or if you have portrayed yourself as a professional with the skills needed to do the job.
A resume is an effective way for you to communicate with a potential employer and highlighting your skills can help you stand out above the rest. In this blog, we will provide you with some tips to make your skills stand out to help you with starting your career.
USE THE PROPER FORMAT
Half the battle in creating a good resume is choosing which format to use. There are many types of formats available and each one services a purpose. You will need to research each type and decide on which one is best for you and your experience.
Once you have selected the format, you then need to make sure you highlight all of your qualities. You want to keep the highlights short because employers are only going to spend seconds reading your resume. The lengthier the quality, the more likely it will be looked over.
Lastly, do use bullet points to break down your qualities to ensure they are easy to read. Bullet points can help draw the eye in and keep the eye there, so it is best to use them.
TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS
Now that you have listed your qualities, you want to highlight your qualifications for the job. Once you know what the qualifications are, make sure to pick out the ones you have that best match those for the job.
As you list your qualifications, do use a bullet point format and list the qualifications in order, starting with the most recent one.
In addition to listing your qualifications here, you can also list your core skills and competencies. This is a good time for you to put why you are the perfect fit for the job.
GET INTO YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE
Your qualifications and qualities have sold you to the employer if they have made it down to your work experience. Your work experience is your chance to seal the deal and show the employer that you truly have the qualification and qualities you say.
When listing your work experience, you want to start with the most recent. You have the opportunity to explain your work duties and what was expected of you in your role.
Since you need to seal the deal here, you want to list any achievements you received while in your role. For example, if you were sales manager, one achievement may be that you closed with the highest sales for 6 straight months.
UEI COLLEGE CAREER SERVICES CAN HELP YOU
UEI College is here to help you throughout your journey and into your career placement. Our team can assist you in making sure that your resume is drafted properly and includes all the components discussed above.
If this is your first time creating a resume, our UEI career services team is here to walk you through it. We know how hard it can be to put yourself on paper and attract the eyes of an employer.
UEI College is prepared to work closely with all of its students and alumni to help them achieve an excellent resume that assists them in making great strides in their career.
If you would like to talk to our career services team, contact us today!