Finding the job of your dreams after several months of searching can create a sense of urgency when you sit down to write your resume. With hundreds of other interested applicants submitting their resumes for the position, you want to ensure that yours stands out from the rest. However, you do not want your resume to stand out because of errors or poor composition. Here are some tips for creating an effective resume.

Focus on Your Accomplishments. One of the most common mistakes made by job hunters is that they focus their resumes on the tasks of their previous or current positions, rather than their accomplishments. Explaining how you performed in a position will help the employer better understand your capabilities.resume with magnifying glass

Customize Your Resume for Each Job. It can be tempting to create a generic resume to simplify the application process when you are applying to multiple jobs. Tailoring your resume to reflect only the information that is most relevant to the position you are applying for will prove to be a more successful strategy. Hiring managers are able to tell within seconds whether a prospective job candidate is qualified for a position; a customized, concise resume will catch the attention of the recruiters quickly.

Use Key Words. Due to the high volume of applications employers have been receiving in recent years, hiring managers have begun utilizing recruiting management software to screen candidates. Hiring managers then scan their database for key words in your resume that are directly related to the position you are applying for to see if your resume matches the qualifications for the position. Locating key words in the actual job posting will help you determine which key words you should incorporate into your resume.

Don’t Overstate Your Experience. Employers are able to identify skills or experiences that have been exaggerated in resumes. Grossly overstating your accomplishments could eliminate your opportunity to secure an interview. In the event that you land an interview, your embellishments could prevent you from receiving a job offer, or could lead to your dismissal should you receive the job. It is important to represent yourself in the most honest and accurate manner as possible to avoid setting yourself up for failure down the road.

Writing a resume can be overwhelming, but following these tips can help you create a better foundation to present your skills and experiences that will catch the attention of your prospective employer.