4 Trends That Will Make Your Resume Stand Out

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Writing your resume can get pretty intimidating. After all, this single piece of paper is a major deciding factor in whether or not you even get a shot at that job you’ve been eyeing for so long.

According to Glassdoor the average job opening attracts 250 resumes, which means there are at least 249+ people out there competing with you.

This further reiterates the significance of creating a resume that helps you stand out among the hundreds of applicants out there.

So how do you stand out? And what exactly do recruiters in the Food and Beverage Industry want to see?

Here are 4 resume trends you need to follow in 2022:

  • Using action words (not buzzwords)
    • On your resume, action verbs show readers you accomplished something at your past jobs, you weren’t just “responsible for” it. Instead you “streamlined” or “coordinated” or “executed” it. You got the job done and you achieved something in the process. But be careful, not all action verbs are as strong as others. For example, words like “led” or “handled” may have their place on a resume (sparingly) but don’t give the reader any details about how you did it. Did you lead by assigning work to a team; by creating a road map for a project; by organizing resources, people, and deadlines; or by doing some combination of the three?

  • Including a resume headline and summary
    • A recruiter spends less than 60 seconds looking at your resume, therefore, you need to quickly articulate your value and achievements in a succinct way. Using a headline and summary quickly catches the readers eye, draws them in, and gives them a reason to continue reading down the page.  

  • Tailoring your resume to each position (yes, every time)
    • First things first: sit down and really read the job description. Go through and highlight the points that seem important and the points that you could speak to with your experience and skills. Next, with your newfound knowledge of what the hiring manager is looking for, take your resume, find the experience that would make him or her most excited about your application and re-work the document so that’s what’s at the top. Tailoring your resume means finding what is most relevant, creating a section for it, and filling it up with experience or qualifications that will catch a hiring managers eye. If that means nixing “work experience”, creating a “Marketing and Social Media Experience” section, then throwing everything else in an “Additional Experience” section, then so be it.

  • Prioritizing your story in a personal statement resume
    • The personal statement is a short paragraph that sits right below your contact information at the top of a resume. It sums up your experience, goals, and skills with confidence. Think of your resume’s personal statement like an extended tagline for your career. If working this statement into your resume format seems difficult, try one of our Females in Food proven resume templates.

Are you ready to build an effective resume but don’t want to feel overwhelmed with trying to work all of these 2022 resume trends into the process?

Let our certified coaches and resume writers within the Females in Food Community help you. By joining our Membership Community, you receive a free resume review by an experienced executive resume writer along with free access to our flagship Job Search Accelerator program.

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