Top companies receive millions of resumes each year. This means recruiters spend less and less time on each resume. To catch their eye, you need to have headings that are relevant but unique. We’ve all heard about previous experience, passions, interests, and so on, but what have people who have gotten hired done differently on their resumes? How can you package your traits in the most appealing way?
Looking for a guide on the essential sections of your resume? Check out our guide!
1. Most Proud Of
A Most Proud Of heading allows you to bridge your achievements and personal interests in one place. The most effective way of doing this is describing a milestone in your career that took skill and meant a lot to you.
When getting hired as a marketing executive, Eric mentions launching StartupCincy as one of his Most Proud Of moments and his journey to working at Disney.
Not only do these highlight his personal attributes of being driven and his experience with business development, but they also give an insight into his personality. With culture fit becoming extremely important (especially for tech companies) checking off three things at once is a great way to reduce down on text on your resume while still having an impact.
You can benefit from a Most Proud Of section by tailoring it to your position too. For example, if you’re applying for a sustainable energy firm as a data analyst, you could mention sustainable initiatives you started at a previous job and so on. Merge your passions at every opportunity.
Tip: You can rename your Most Proud Of section as a Career Highlights section if you’re applying to a company that places less emphasis on culture fit.
More than 80% of recruiters look on volunteering as a positive. Recruiters tend to look at those who volunteer as more likely to progress through leadership roles and as people who are willing to take the initiative. Even with these known benefits, job applicants often leave volunteer work off their resume thinking it isn’t relevant. Trust me, volunteer experience is relevant to just about any position you could apply for. The act of volunteering is not what brings value – it’s the connection between volunteering and your line of work that brings value.
As an account manager, Maximilian used his volunteer experience with AIESEC when applying for his job with Amazon. His experience exhibited a clear commitment to innovative business and a knack for creative solutions.
Volunteering experience can be disclosed in other ways, too. Steffany was transitioning from medicine to business and packaged her volunteer work as “Global Impact”. This quickly catches your attention as it’s unique and gives you an idea of the breadth of her impact.
3. Life Philosophy
Traditionally, applicants would include a personal summary at the beginning of their resume. While this may be appropriate for certain positions (a career change for example), they can often be drawn out and take up a lot of space. A life philosophy section can give the recruiter an idea of who you are and what you’re motivated by without having to go into detail. When getting her job at Spotify, Sam introduced herself with a simple quote that summed up her work ethic.
Your life philosophy section can come from a significant person in your field or even someone that has worked at the company you’re applying to. In this fashion, the recruiter can see your link to their organisation even before calling you for an interview.
Personal projects show your dedication to your craft on your own accord. Sure, employers are looking for people who deliver – but what makes you deliver? What do you do when there’s no one to motivate you other than yourself? This is why personal projects are so influential. Before getting hired at Intercom, Daniel described his personal projects on his customer support resume to highlight his tech abilities and personal motivations.
Projects tell the recruiter you are intrinsically motivated. This comes as an advantage when deciding between employees with similar experience – if the recruiter is going to have to constantly motivate one employee while another will find motivation themselves, the intrinsically motivated employee is going to get the call. Even if they don’t read all of your projects, the mere mention that you have any will give you an advantage.
Personal projects can also be used to show your skill when you have little-to-no professional experience.
In Eden’s high school teen resume, he spoke on his caravan renovation project to show his dedication to work he’s passionate about. For recruiters reading his resume, they get to see his variety of skills and they know Eden has an understanding of hard work.
5. My Time
The My Time heading is an Enhancv staple. This heading allows you to detail what you dedicate your time to throughout the day, throughout the week, throughout your career, or even in life. It’s a simple visual that a recruiter can quickly look at to see how you prioritize different aspects of your career. It’s especially influential when used to describe your activities in a typical day in your previous role.
Before getting his job at Verizon Digital Media Services, Marcellus described his typical day of work on his resume to show his work-life balance and his greatest strengths.
Your skills are the most vital part of your resume. Recruiters recommend placing skills in a prominent position to make the biggest impact. One part of your resume that is often overlooked in your resume is technical skills. Dedicating a heading to the technologies you’re proficient with is becoming more relevant.
In preparing for his role as program director, Tobias highlighted the technical skills that were most appropriate.
Technologies are important to show the recruiter you’re capable of handling the systems necessary in your role. While not everyone needs to know how to code, there will always be some form of database or program needed to complete your work. Using slack, amplitude, and other everyday technologies are intrinsic to most careers. If you work in the service industry, you benefit from knowing how to work a register, for example. This catches the recruiter’s attention as it indicates your on-boarding will take less time than someone without technical experience.
When it comes to resume headings
Choosing the right headings for a resume is context-specific. However, there are areas that we have seen our users use to get ahead in their career. In a job market that is constantly evolving and globalizing, it’s becoming harder and harder to stand out. While uniformity has its benefits, recruiters are looking for diamonds in the rough. These resume headings will help you set yourself apart from the sea of cookie-cutter resumes out there. That puts you one step closing to getting called for an interview.