I was quoted on CNBC.com for resume tips to stand out in a competitive job market:
…the most important section of the resume is the summary on top, said career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine of Six Figure Start. Include your expertise, role or function, and key accomplishments in the industry. For older job seekers the summary should also “show a body of work with progression, tangible results,and unique expertise,” Ceniza-Levine said….
“Your most recent experience deserves the most attention. Jobs that are more than 10 years old should be included so there are no gaps, but you don’t need more than one or two bullets,” says Ceniza-Levine. If you’ve worked in an industry for over a decade, categorize your roles — financial, operations, sales — and group various positions accordingly….
Ceniza-Levine also recommends including anchored text or hyperlinks that point the reader to additional information.
Here are 3 more ways to ensure your resume stands out:
Quantifying your results and responsibilities (budget, team) is key.
Begin your descriptions with an ACTIVE word
Participated, assisted, or contributed are passive verbs. Specify how you participated, who did you assist (and for what), and how you contributed.
Spotlight a unique HOOK
It could be the diversity of your industry experience. It could be your extensive travel or cross-cultural work. It could be a hobby that demonstrates commitment and achievement (a lot of my early employers were drawn to my studies at Juilliard even though I wasn’t applying to be a pianist!)