By: Emily Adair
You’ve listed your job experience and you claim to be a leader, but do you get the feeling your talk is cheap? You may need to do less telling and more showing.
Rather than claiming to be a team-player or to have communication skills, show how you use those skills in action by including brief job descriptions.
Suppose you once held a job as a communications consultant. Include the title, company and time you worked, but also include one to two sentences about what you did at that job.
“Developed publishing and social media strategies, wrote and edited content, and assisted businesses with project management.”
Keep it brief and focus on keywords that back your claims. Try to work these terms into your job descriptions:
Leading, managing, instructing, directing, assisting, encouraging, delegating, guiding, fronting, heading, conducting
Organizing, forming, consolidating, ordering, arranging, coordinating, categorizing
Communicating, sharing information, writing, speaking, addressing, expressing, voicing, verbalizing, articulating
Thinking critically, problem solving, strategizing, planning, arranging, developing, formulating
Motivating, inspiring, encouraging, stimulating, instilling passion/determination
Working as part of a team, assisting, helping, supporting, encouraging
Demonstrating these abilities will help your resume get the attention it deserves.
You can also boost your chances for hire by showcasing skills that may not be strictly related to your desired position.
Knowing a second language, for instance, is a great communication asset. It’s not always easy to showcase this skill without it seeming forced or abrupt.
If you find out through small-talk that the person conducting the interview also knows the language or went on a trip to a country that speaks that language, you may bring it up and toss around some lines of dialogue.
If that opportunity doesn’t arise, however, it is still important to include skills such as this on your resume.
It is also crucial to demonstrate any tech skills you might take for granted. In a world so highly influenced by technology, it is rare to find a business not using the internet as a tool. Whether it’s to provide the service itself, or to advertise, there is a web presence.
If you know HTML or CSS, even just a little, you should consider starting your own website. You can use it as an online resume and a digital portfolio. An appealing and functioning site proves you have coding skills.
You could feature Photoshop and Illustrator creations on your site to add to the aesthetics, as well as showcase your Adobe skills.
Include a running Twitter log to show your recent tweets. Employers will notice your professional and effective use of social media.
Any skills you can demonstrate digitally, mention it on a resume and in an interview, but also do it on a website.
Convincing potential employees of your unique abilities can be done with little effort, so long as you show instead of tell.
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