With the national unemployment rate at 8.5 percent and climbing, the competition for jobs is fierce. Some 13.2 million Americans are looking for work, and hundreds -- and sometimes thousands -- of resumes flood employers for every job opening.
But there are still jobs to be had, and someone is going to get them.
"With a resume that leverages your talents and showcases your career achievements, you could have a uniquely competitive position in the marketplace," says resume expert Wendy Enelow, author of more than 25 books on resume writing. Try these tips to help recession-proof your resume:
Surveys find that the majority of resumes received by hiring managers do not match job openings. In one survey, 92 percent of recruiters said they're swamped with irrelevant resumes. Simply customizing your resume will put you miles ahead of the crowd.
Every resume you send out needs to be targeted to the job you want. Focus your resume on your qualifications, achievements, skills and experience that specifically match the job's requirements. And leave out unrelated work experience.
Some people restate the job's requirements in their summary of qualifications or objective. While it's good to nail all the essentials, vary the wording and add your own touch. Mirror the job description without just copying it.
Brand Yourself 树立你的个人品牌
What can you do to distinguish yourself from your competition? "The answer," says Enelow, "is a branding statement that highlights your unique value proposition; the one thing that you do better than anything else." If you were an IT manager, she says, your headline and branding statement might read something like this: