As a job seeker, your resume is your ticket to landing an interview. If it’s polished, professional and filled with the right skills and experience, you’ll probably be invited for an interview. Of course, if it fails to present you in a positive manner and sell you as a strong contender it will quickly land in the reject pile — even if you’re truly the best person for the job.

Essentially, your resume has the power to make or break your chance of meeting the hiring manager in person. If you’ve been gainfully employed for quite awhile or are new to the workforce, you may not know what hiring managers are looking for in a winning resume, so use these tips to make yours shine.

Five Things You Must Include on Your Resume

Relevant Keywords

The most intriguing jobs are typically the most competitive, so employers receive a high volume of resumes. Some companies use keyword scanning software to sort through the resumes and find the best-fit candidates. If your resume doesn’t include these keywords, you might be passed up — even if you surpass the minimum requirements. Avoid this by carefully reading the job description, searching for words and phrases used multiple times. Find a way to weave the identified terms into your resume copy in a manner that sounds natural.

Quantified Accomplishments

Hiring managers want to know your greatest accomplishments relative to the job, but they resonate much stronger when metrics are involved. For example, if you’re applying for a hotel housekeeper position, mention the number of rooms the establishment you’re currently employed by has and highlight the process you created that reduced room cleaning time by 20%.

Work History

Hiring managers want to learn about your employment history, so you need to share your past 10 to 15 years of job experience. Don’t go into depth about jobs that aren’t relevant to the one you’re applying to. Simply list a couple transferable skills that would be beneficial to the position in question. For all previous jobs that are applicable, include five to seven bullet points under each that best highlight your fit for the job.

Educational Background

There’s no need to go into too much detail about your educational past — such as including your GPA — but hiring managers do want to see something. If you don’t have a college degree, list your high school or GED information. However, if you do have a college degree, include that only.

Links to Your Online Presence

If you have a website, blog or social media presence relative to your career, feel free to share links on your resume. Only include these details if the content on the platform is strictly professional, because your potential future boss will be viewing it. Including these links certainly isn’t necessary, but it can help present you as a motivated and experienced candidate who is truly committed to the work.

There’s a lot of great jobs in hospitality and tourism, but finding the best ones can be a challenge. LGC Hospitality has connections to many top employers, offering positions that are often never advertised. Contact us today to find the right front of house or back of house position to meet your needs.