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1. Use Titles That Match The Position You Desire 

At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we receive many resumes every day. Therefore, your resume must grab the recruiter’s attention within a 5-second glance. The best way to do this is to use job titles and skill headings that relate to and match the position you applied.

2. Use Style That Captures Attention

When glancing at your resume, quick judgments can be made. If unrelated job titles or skills are prevalent, the chances are very high that an immediate impression is formed that you are not qualified for the job you applied. Additionally recruiters lack the time to review each of your job descriptions to decide if you have the skills required. You Must Do That For Them! The style of your resume must emphasize the most important information about your work experience, skills and education. At first glance this information forms the image that employers have of your skills and abilities.

3. Create Content That Sells

Resume style should grab attention but it’s really the content of your resume, the descriptions of your knowledge, skills and abilities, that determine how many interviews you generate – as well as the number of offers you receive.

4. Quantify and Use Power Words

Using numbers to illustrate your accomplishments and responsibilities can greatly enhance your image. They create striking images in an employer’s mind, whereas general statements are easy to overlook. Typically the more specific you can be in describing your duties the better. Another strategy that is extremely important in managing the impression that hiring managers develop about you – is to use Power Words or verbs that match the level of position you applied.

5. Study Job Descriptions to Identify Key Words

The ability to evaluate the key words that employers provide in job descriptions is a key component in creating commanding resumes.

6. Identify and Solve Hiring Manager’s Hidden Needs

In addition to the skills listed in the job requisition, the hiring manager will have many more needs that should be identified and addressed in your resume and cover letter. To beat the intense competition, it is important to identify and anticipate the full range of needs each manager faces and show how you can solve those needs.

7. Sell the Benefits of Your Skills

Most resumes provide a list of tasks that each candidate has been responsible for – without explaining the benefit of those skills to employers. For example, explain what you did to a process to make it more efficient.

8. Create An Image That Matches The Salary You Desire

When writing your resume, be mindful of the level of job and salary you are pursuing. Be sure to create an image that presents you at the appropriate level. For example, language used in a resume for an $8 an hour position is much different than the language used for a $20 an hour position.

9. Prioritize the Content of Your Resume

Avoid the big mistake that applicants make by listing very important data at the beginning of their job descriptions. As you create statements for your resume, prioritize them by importance, impressiveness and relevance to the job you are seeking. Remember that a strong statement which uses power words and quantifies will affect every statement under it.

10. Fine-Tune and Target Your Resumes and Cover Letters

Generally, you will create many more interviews by fine-tuning your resume and cover letter to address the specific skills each employer defines. This “relabeling” is entirely truthful and is extremely important in landing more interviews because it allows job seekers to apply for, and look qualified for, a wider range of jobs.