Career Advice, Resumes

7 Things Your Resume Is Missing

Many job seekers think they need to keep their resume as concise as possible. While this is a good strategy, there could be some important parts you’re cutting from your resume.

Here are seven things your resume may be missing:

1. Social media accounts

Your social media presence is an important element you must include in your resume. By including links to your Twitter account and blog, you can illustrate to employers your online influence and how you interact with other people in your industry.

When choosing social media accounts to include in your resume, be mindful of what you showcase. Ideally, you should only include links to accounts where you share professional content and interact with professionals online.

2. Awards or special recognition

Have you received special recognition in your industry for being an outstanding professional? Did you graduate with honors in college? You can include these accomplishments in your resume by putting them after your experience section.

3. Certifications

Certifications for a specific tool or skill can definitely help you stand out in your job search, especially if you’ve earned an industry-specific certification.

4. Side projects

Have you published an ebook? Do you manage an online business? If you’ve had significant accomplishments in your personal life, you should definitely include them on your resume as long as they don’t conflict with the position you’re applying for.

5. Volunteer work

Do you volunteer every Saturday at a local food bank? Do you spend time coaching a soccer team? Or perhaps you had an unpaid internship? Volunteer experiences such as these can help you make a good impression on employers. Volunteer work also shows employers you have leadership and project management skills.

6. Freelance projects

Showcase your freelance experience by creating a new bullet in your resume for this position. You can list your position as  “Freelancer” and below, include bullets of your accomplishments and clients you’ve worked with.

7. Professional website or blog

One of the first things employers look at when they research candidates is whether the individual has a professional website or blog.

If you’ve created a professional website to showcase your expertise and accomplishments, you should definitely include a link to your website in your resume. Additionally, if you’re an industry blogger, you might want to create a new section in your resume to talk about your blogging experience or outlets you contribute to. Or even a personal blog (albeit it’s work-appropriate) is also a great opportunity to showcase your personal interests to your potential employer.

What are some unique skills or experience you’ve included on your resume?