Top 6 Things You May Be Forgetting On Your Resume

by Rich DeMatteo on March 27, 2012 · 12 comments

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Mike Ryan is a Search Marketing Specialist at iProspect and a Managing Partner/Resume Consultant at the resume writing service, DreamResume.  Mike has a great depth of experience, starting as an hourly employee at a startup and aggressively working his way up in the ranks, where he now drives digital success for the world’s best brands.  Connect with him on Twitter at @mikeryan2

As a resume consultant, I see a lot of resumes.  It never ceases to amaze me what people don’t put on their resume.  It’s important to make your resume stand out, but it’s equally important to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Here are the top 6 things you might be forgetting to put on your resume:

Keywords Tailored to the Position and Industry

Most companies use applicant tracking software, which scans resumes for keywords relating to skills, experience, education, job-specific phrases and certifications. Make sure your resume gets through the electronic gatekeeper by using keywords and phrases that are related to the position’s desired qualifications.   Make sure to not only use keywords from the job description, but also look up keywords specific to your industry.

Contact Information

This may sound like a no-brainer, but I’m shocked at how many resumes I see with very little or no contact information.  Make sure to include your name, mailing address, cell phone number, and email address.  Forgetting these could cost you the job only because the recruiter can’t contact you.

Extra-Curricular Activities

This is a great opportunity to build your character on paper, especially if you lack industry experience.   Brainstorm activities that relate to the position or just reflect on your positive traits.  These activities could include sports, clubs, volunteering, community service etc…  Show the employer that you are proactive and motivated.  Additionally, you never know what might catch an employer’s eye.

Action Verbs

Action verbs should be used abundantly throughout your resume and cover letters to promote your achievements. They help make a strong impression and give your resume power and direction. Here’s a list of action verbs from DreamResume that you can use to make your resume more powerful.

For Marketing Industry: Social Media Profiles

Are you applying for a marketing position?  If so, you might consider adding your social media profiles to your resume.  Always check to make sure the content on your social media profiles is appropriate and consistent with your resume.

For Entry-Level Job Seekers: Relevant Coursework

Are you looking for an entry-level position and struggling to come up with things to put on your resume?  Add relevant courses that would be applicable to the position.  If this is a marketing position, add your most advanced marketing classes in a relevant coursework section.  This will increase your chances of landing the job, especially if have no other related experience.

These are the most common elements that I see missing in resumes.  Give your resume a close look to see if you have these items, it may be the difference in landing your dream job.

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