How to Realistically Beef Up Your Resume


You know that moment when you’re browsing through a job board and then you see it – the perfect job that you know you’ll be amazing at. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted and more, and you have to have it. So you immediately begin thinking of how your resume will show the hiring manager what you’ve already figured out – that you are the perfect person for the role.

You could copy and paste the entire job description into your resume to show that you match up with everything they want – however that probably won’t be effective. Most hiring managers will see the copied wording and think that you are either lying or lazy, or both.

So if that won’t work, how can you beef up your resume to make sure you are the top candidate in mind? Let us help; we’ve narrowed down the five key pieces of information to keep in mind when targeting your resume for a “must-have” role.

1. Relevance

You need to get organized. Look at the job posting and pick out the skills and experience that the hiring manager is most interested in seeing. Review your resume and identify your most relevant experience and ensure it is at the forefront. Make mention to these skills in your value statement and again in your professional experience as one of the first points.

2. Keywords

You need to incorporate the right keywords. Many job seekers know that their resumes may be scanned through Applicant Tracking Systems and that these systems are looking for specific keywords. Therefore, you need to mimic the keywords used in the job posting. Apart from impressing the electronic system, you also need to highlight these keywords throughout your resume to catch the hiring manager’s attention.

3. Achievements

You need to show the hiring manager that you are the right candidate for the role. You can tell the hiring manager over and over again that you have all the skills they need, but nothing will be more effective than showing them through examples. Read through the job description, do you have examples from your past experience when you put these skills into action and achieved positive results? Outline those scenarios and talk about how you achieved your results in your resume.

4. Transferable Skills

Your “perfect job” is most likely not the job you have right now (otherwise why would you leave?). That means that the role you are applying for is not one you’ve held in the past. Therefore, you need to draw attention to all of your transferable skills that will allow you to make a smooth transition into the new role. Whether these skills are personally or professionally developed, you need to show the hiring manager that you are equipped with the skills and experience required to succeed.

5. Focus

It all comes down to focus. Many of us keep one resume that we target for various roles, and because of that, it is easy to lose focus of the document. When you’re done targeting your resume for the role, comb through each point and ensure everything is related to the job posting. If you have information on the resume that is not related to the experience required for the role, you run the risk of the hiring manager seeing the unrelated information rather than the related points.
Remember – to beef up your resume you cannot bend the truth or regurgitate the job posting. You have to put in the effort to make sure the hiring manager sees the most important and relevant information first, and you have to wow them with your achievements. If you can do that successfully, your dream job is just around the corner.

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