Making Your Resume Stand Out
Marketing your talent is the key to a successful job search. It starts with your resume. Your resume is a snapshot of your professional experience, accomplishments, knowledge, abilities and education. It’s your selling card and should differentiate you from other candidates.
If your resume is formatted poorly, contains outdated information, or typographical errors, this is often perceived as a reflection of how you will probably do your job. Employers want employees who pay attention to detail, have a professional presentation, and who can communicate articulately.
The following is a checklist of what Employers are looking for in your resume. A resume that briefly communicates what you can do for the Employer is more likely to be read.
Professional Profile and Career Objective:
Positioning yourself is key in this opening statement. You should create a clear, concise description of your level of experience, diversification and competencies.
Your career objective reflects the specific position(s) you are seeking in which you have the most expertise.
Briefly list your skills, knowledge, and accomplishments that are quantifiable. Examples include:·
• computer knowledge/skills (specific hardware and software)
• familiarity with other cultures relative to a customer base
• statistical analysis skills (define reports you have developed)
• labor dispute resolution (give specific example of successful mediation)
• completing a graduate program while working full-time
• serving on a company project team or committee
• working with Departments, a Regulatory Agency, or Gaming School to develop training manuals, departmental rules/regulations, or course curricula
• increase in revenue and profits, or decrease in expenses, due to changes, new programs you introduced (give specific $ amounts and percentages)
Career Timeline/Work Experience:
List the companies, their locations (if your resume is in open access), positions you have held in chronological order (with dates). The most recent job title should be listed first. Provide a brief description for each position. Go back as far as is necessary to demonstrate your professional experience and knowledge to support the position(s) you are seeking, or to differentiate yourself from other candidates. Briefly summarize your most important responsibilities and cite reporting lines if they highlight your level of authority (whom you report to, as well as who reports to you).
Your salary specifications reflect the minimum you will accept for one or more of the position(s) you are seeking, based on the "ideal" situation (i.e. geographical location, benefits package, etc.). The maximum salary depicts what you think is fair if the position you are offered is of greater responsibility, the area to which you must relocate isn't your most desired location, etc.
Job Search Profile: (The Casino Careers resume database uses this to send you job alerts, or search the database for your resume.)
This is your personal search engine. It is what results in search matches when our system sends a Job Alert to specific candidates, or the Employer wishes to email candidates in our database a personalized correspondence. To maximize your matches, we recommend that you create a Job Profile that lists the job titles you've held and are seeking.
List non-degree studies (academic, technical, mechanical, culinary, etc.), as well as those for which you possess a degree. Specify your major, minor, and other areas of specialization.
Include all profession-related licensure, as well as gaming/regulatory licensure, specialized studies/training certificates and awards.
If you do not select a language, English will automatically be reflected. However, you should also identify other languages you speak or write.
Identify the geographical locations in which you are interested in being considered for career opportunities.
Review your resume carefully. Make sure your resume is formatted properly and that you have used proper grammar and have no typos.