If you’re looking for a new job, the first step will be getting your resume noticed. It is not enough to simply have your job experience, skills and objective laid on in black ink. (In fact, many would argue you can do away with the objective.) Your resume needs to be presented in a coherent manner. Moreover, you have to stay away from clichés and phrases such as “successfully” and “responsible for” to ensure you stand out in the pile.
Instead do a search to find power verbs that are unique or unfamiliar. Present evidence of how you’ve labeled yourself. For instance, rather that just saying you’re a “team player,” explain how you worked with a team and what you brought to the table. The more specific you are, including quantifying your achievements, the more you can stand out from the rest.
Be sure you adapt your resume to every organization you are applying for. Modify it to match your skills with the job requirements stated in each particular post.
Finally, keep in mind that your prospective employer is going through hundreds of resumes. Therefore starting your resume with a short, concise career summary can help guide them to the important facets of your employment history and indicate how your skills are a perfect fit for the job.