What Are Employers Looking For on a Resume?
"The average employer will initially spend about 15 seconds reviewing your resume." That statement has been repeated so often on career websites that it has become a cliché. However, it happens to be true in most circumstances, particularly when there are 200 other applicants competing for the same job. Therefore, if you want to create an outstanding resume, you should strive to make sure you capture the reader's attention as quickly as possible.
Developing a resume of high quality takes some time, effort, and a little know-how. This section contains the know-how -- general guidelines and basic information about resume writing -- to get you started. These tips include techniques that professional résumé writers use to write resumes for their clients.
Writing a good resume is important to the extent that it can give you confidence, bring more job interviews, and job offers your way, but on the other hand, people with horribly written resumes (and cover letters) are offered good jobs everyday. This is because some people have such a vast network of contacts, or have skills in such high demand, that they do not have to worry about the "15 second rule".
The purpose of a resume is to try and win a job interview, not the job itself. Therefore, make sure your resume includes the information employers are looking for in when searching for new employees:
Content skills are related to performing a job in a particular field, profession, or occupation and are acquired through reading, specialized training, internships, academic degrees, and on-the-job training. Examples include accounting, programming, typing, and instructing.
Functional skills are characteristic ways of working with people, information (data), or things. These skills are applicable to a wide variety of jobs or situations and may be acquired almost anywhere. Examples include managing, operating, informing, calculating, coordinating, building, and reading.
Self-management skills are those associated with personality and the way an individual's particular life experiences have shaped his ability to adapt to different situations. Examples include being honest and dependable, hard-working, considerate, a team-player, respectful and assertive.