How To Personalize Your Resume By Jeremy Cyrus 07/17/2012
It's possible to mass produce resumes—they all follow the same basic formula which includes your contact information, your education, your work experience, and your special skills. That's why we're able to offer you a free resume tool to automatically generate a resume for you based on the information you input into our system. By doing so, you can save a lot of time. You may want to consider re-investing some of that time however into making your free resume even better.
How can you improve your free resume? The resume we provide for you is already formatted professionally and ready to go—and you could go ahead and send it out to employers as is if you desired. You can increase the effectiveness of your resume, however, by adding some extra information to the finished document—or providing that information to us when you fill in the fields on the free resume tool.
For example, many people who input their work experience list only their duties—not what they actually achieved on the job. When filling in the work experience field, don't just put in what your employers told you to do; also put in what you achieved through carrying out those duties. Say that your job was that of a hotel clerk. Instead of just writing, "Checked in guests," think about putting down, "Checked in X number of guests per day; achieved the record for the highest number of check-ins in one day." Of course, only put that down provided that it's true. Do you see how that provides a potential employer with more meaningful information about you? Instead of assuming all you can do is follow orders, the hiring manager will see that you're willing to go above and beyond for your job, and that you have substantially added to the profitability of past workplaces.
With your resume, you are trying to show potential employers why you are not interchangeable with the other candidates. It isn't enough to have great job experience—lots of candidates have great job experience. You need to prove that you are different and special and that no other candidate can offer what you can, which is your unique motivation and accomplishments.
One more way to improve your resume is to write an statement of your objectives.
You can add this to your finished resume. All you need to do is write one sentence which explains to employers what you're trying to do (get the job, presumably), and why (you'd be good at it and you can bring greater success to the workplace, etc.) you want it. Think of it as the thesis for your resume. It's one small way of tailoring your resume to a specific workplace, and it communicates your purpose. Believe it or not, employers don't actually assume you want a job if you don't ask for it. Why else would you submit a resume? Who knows—this is just the way hiring managers think. So take a little extra time before you send out your resume and it will be even more effective.