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6 things you MUST do after a job interview

Sharon Florentine | May 8, 2015
After a few sluggish years, the economy is finally making strong gains. While this is generally great news for job seekers, the long-awaited hiring thaw means stiffer competition for available roles. Making your resume stand out in a crowded field is critical to gaining an edge over the growing field of job seekers; fortunately, it's not as difficult as you'd think.

Highlight changes and growth

Another thing recruiters and hiring managers love to see on resumes are hard numbers that prove you've made fundamental, positive changes at the companies you've worked for. That can include adoption statistics, sales figures, budget management, revenue increases and the like, according to Leung.

"Recruiters and hiring managers will be swayed by your provable value demonstrated in these numbers," Leung says. This makes a more impactful presentation than just listing your responsibilities and tasks. Focus on the accomplishments and achievements in your roles rather than the mundane things you did on the daily.

Emphasize soft skills and cultural fit

Finally, do some research on the general work environment and culture of the company you're looking at and determine what soft skills and values you share. Then, incorporate your own achievements in these areas into the descriptions of your current and previous roles.

"Use examples of where you've used teamwork, negotiation skills, team-building, communication and other interpersonal skills in your day-to-day work. Don't expand your resume to a novel, of course, but these skills and the narratives behind them are just as important as technical skills," Leung says, "You're creating a picture of yourself as a well-rounded employee who can initiate dynamic change, make a positive impact and drive the organization in new, fulfilling directions.".

With the spring and summer hiring frenzy in full swing, these tips will help craft your resume into a powerful document that's sure to catch the eye of recruiters and hiring managers and land you that next key role in your career.

 

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