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Building a great resume isn't difficult if you know exactly what to include. We've previously talked about many different aspects you should include in your resume. Here are a few more things you should consider adding to ensure your resume shows you in the best light.
One thing to consider first – your resume should at most be two pages long. Before you decide what to add or shine a light on, think about what the hiring manager is looking for. You can get this information directly from the job ad.
Some companies will have an intense focus on skills and predictors of success. Other companies place more weight in attitude and ability to fit into corporate culture. When you evaluate the language of the job ad and required qualifications, you should be able to decipher what areas of your resume will have greater importance. Then, you can tailor the resume you submit to closer align with the companies' desires and needs.
5 More Things You Should Put On Your Resume
Here are a few other areas you should think about adding to your resume, especially if you need to bulk it up a bit. Obviously, some of these items might not apply to every person.
Add in anything relevant to the companies' needs. Maybe your role will include travel to another country, or at least communicating with someone from outside the US. If you are multi-lingual, this could be the thing that sets you apart. If you are in sales, but you used to install or work hands-on with the products you sell, this would be a good thing to showcase. Basically, you want to add anything related to you being successful in the role.
Many companies specifically like to hire former military personnel. If you have served, include a brief description of your branch of service, rank, special training and anything else that would be relevant.
While this isn't super important in many areas of the building products industry, it may apply to some companies and channels or niches. If you do have a security clearance, you could benefit from giving your status and detailing if you've been vetted by any agency.
Citizenship Or Right To Work
Citizenship and right to work status really come into play for a few reasons: if you aren't a citizen of the country you are planning to work in or if the role requires international travel or relocation. If none of those items apply, you don't need to include this on your resume. However, if you hold dual citizenship or for any reason, your citizenship status might affect your eligibility, make sure it is on your resume.
Other Success Indicators/Relevant Traits
The job market can be extremely competitive and employers will be on the lookout for anything that gives one candidate an edge over the others. If you have a claim to fame or something that showcases your success, you should consider including it. I would spend time evaluating if the item merits real estate on your resume, however. Things to consider include anything that highlights your poise and abilities to succeed under pressure, social or civic responsibilities and charities you are active in.
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