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December 26, 2014
Crafting a more effective resume
By: Accenture Recruitment

Accenture Resume Writer

At a glance, most resumes look the same. When you’re competing with hundreds of other applicants, you have to ensure that yours will stand out from the crowd. Below are some tips to help you do just that.

Open strong

Including an “Objective” statement that describes what you hope to accomplish in your next role (and possibly beyond) is a great way to help a recruiter quickly assess your suitability for a role.  Your career objective should be broad enough to show that you’re open to a variety of opportunities, but also specific enough to show that the position you’re applying for is one that fits within your long-term goals.

Another option is to start your resume with a positioning statement that clearly and concisely explains what you have to offer.  For example: “Experienced Software engineer with three years developing and managing mobile application projects.” Consider tailoring this statement for each position you apply for. 

Even if you’ve never worked professionally, you undoubtedly have some skills you can mention here. Think about what you learned in school, and reference the skills you’ve developed as well as any relevant projects you’ve completed.

Minimize resume length 

Stick to a one- or two-page resume even if you’ve been in the workforce for a long time and are applying for higher level positions. You can make a more extensive resume available upon request, just be sure to note be sure to note the availability of that resume.

Focus on your most recent roles or projects, and highlight your responsibilities and success stories. Don’t worry about providing in-depth explanations of past projects.

Use keywords

All recruiters use applicant tracking software to help sort resumes. At the first stage, your resume goes into the database. Then a recruiter either executes a search query or manually views it to look for key words or skills specific to the role. Make sure that your resume contains all the keywords that are commonly used in the industry you’re interested in, and are applicable to the work you’ve done.

Ensure your social profile aligns

It’s also important to ensure your resume syncs up with any online or social profiles you have. For example, your LinkedIn profile should be consistent with your resume.

We hope these tips help; if you’d like to submit your outstanding resume to Accenture, click here.

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