Your Resume is a Sales Document: Important Tips for Making yours Shine

Your resume is a sales document. Treat it as such.

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When it comes to finding a job, your resume can either make you or break you. Your resume is a sales document, and here are a few tips you can use to make yours stand out from among the hundreds of others security management recruiters and hiring authorities receive.

  • Make sure the layout of your resume is pleasing to a potential employer. There should be plenty of white space, and the print should be in an easy-to-read font. The various sections of your resume should be evenly spaced as well.
  • List as many contact methods as possible, to include home address, cell phone number and email address. Be certain your email address is professional. Consider creating one just for your career search.
  • Your resume should not contain any spelling, grammar or punctuation errors whatsoever. If possible, have another person read over your resume in order to catch mistakes you may have missed yourself. I cannot stress this enough!
  • Consider adding a section called “career highlights and qualifications” to your resume instead of a career objective. This section can include bullet points that emphasize the experience you have that is most relevant to the position you are applying for. The objective statement is generally self-serving and is not read by recruiters and hiring managers. Don’t let this valuable space go to waste…use this space to make an impact and get the readers attention.
  • Include measureable achievements for each employer rather than listing general job duties. By stating exactly how you improved security standards, production or efficiency for example, you will be giving potential employers a better idea as to your capabilities.
  • Include a section on awards and achievements if you have some that would be applicable to the position you are applying for.
  • Print your resume on good quality paper and mail in a matching envelope. Do not use business envelopes from your current employer, as this will cause a potential employer to question your integrity.
  • Bring copies of your resume printed on quality paper to all interviews. Offer to leave a copy at the end of the interview. This way the employer knows you came prepared but, is not reading the resume during the interview.

You will ideally have a unique resume for each position you apply for, as it should be tailored to a specific position each time. Spend some time developing your base resume, and all you will need to do is tweak it for each new application. In time, you will find that tailoring your resume for each job opening becomes second nature.

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