Before applying for a job, it’s always best to review your resume against the requirements that a potential employer may have. You want to do this so that you stand out as being someone who has everything an employer is looking for in a candidate. If you can meet all of the requirement, then chances are that you will succeed in getting the job.
But believe it or not, there are some things that potential employers are looking for that they don’t even mention on the job description. These are things that you can only express via an interview or through actually being on the job. What I am talking about are things such as teamwork, communication skills, problem-solving skills, and etc. Even though you may mention these things on your resume, it doesn’t truly have weight until an employer has actually met you.
So is it good to list them on your resume? Of course it is, you should because you want to make a good impression on your employer. It’s primary to focus on your achievements and goals, but it’s good to list these qualifications also so that your employer knows that you are well-rounded person and a team player – attributes that can go a long way in your career.
The best way to show that you have these qualifications is by listing them under your job experience. You want to include them in your list of qualifications right after you have listed your primary job-related qualifications. One great way to inherently show your loyalty to a company is by listing how long you’ve been with a company. If you were with your previous employer for 10 years, it shows that you’re a loyal and reliable person, and that you really wanted to be there.
You can show and demonstrate how much you want the position via your cover letter. Here you can express enthusiasm about the position, and show your motivation to your employer. What you show here is just as important to what you show in your resume under your qualifications, so don’t skimp on this part.
You should already realize that along with your obvious qualifications that attributes such as loyalty, hard work, and dedication are things that your employer wants to see from you – so you have to do your best in showing them that you have these attributes. These are what I like to call “interpersonal skills”. When you look at your resume, does it show that you have an interpersonal personality? If not, then I highly advise that you revise your resume and find a place to include these traits.
You can ask for the help of a friend or family member. After you’ve created your resume, let someone review and ask for their opinion on it. If it lives up to the “interpersonal” test, then you’re good to go. If not, then you should revise and edit as needed. These kind of things are essential in your job hunt, so it’s important that you incorporate these ideas into both your resume and your cover letter, so you can have the greatest chance of success as possible. Good luck!