Greensboro, NC -- Words. You need to know how to use them to set yourself apart at work or on the job hunt.
Gale Murphy oversees The Community Resource Center at Goodwill Industries. She says every job has key words you need to know. Many businesses use a program that scans resumes for the key words used in the job description. Without those key words your resume is likely to be kicked out.
Gale says whatever is in the description, needs to be in your resume. Replace other words and get rid of the filler. Take a look at the video to see the two examples and which words Gale clued in on and why.
The resume of 10 years ago is no longer the standard. he second video goes through resumes from two job seekers who are allowing us to tell their story.
Gale quickly looked at them and picked out some usual issues. On one there was no email address. Another had specific work dates like June 4, 2003. Both had college graduation dates, which Gale says simply dates the worker.
Not only do you need to fix those issues, but Gale pointed something both resumes were missing and she says most resumes don't have. She says you need to qualify why the person should hire you.
This is key, because you can also use this in the workplace to let your boss know what you do for the company.
"Reviewed financial statements to measure productivity and goal achievements to determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement"
"Reviewed financial statements and reduced cost by **% or $$"
Gale says every worker needs to be able to describe how they save or make money for the company they work for in some way, shape or form. In some jobs, that may take creativity.
Goodwill Industries can help. They have free programs and resume help.