When a recruiter or hiring manager looks at your resume, they're looking for how well you fit the job opening and how much of an impact you'll make if you get hired. Your resume needs to match their focus. Focus on the relevant skills you have to offer and your big accomplishments to boost the chance you'll beat the competition land an interview.
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Careerealism has a great description of how recruiters read resumes and how you can tweak yours, but the biggest takeaway is to make sure that any measurable impact you've had, your big achievements, and your important skills are front and centre. Employers are more interested in the new policies you implemented, projects you led, and training programs you started than the day-to-day responsibilities you had. Talk up those achievements:
Tell them who you are and what you do immediately. Come up with one powerful sentence or phrase to "grab" your reader. Think of this like a headline to a major front-page news story. What is going to grab that reader to want to read further?
If there are dollar values attached to your achievements, such as money saved or income generated, include them. Your resume is the time to toot your own horn, so don't be shy. Just make sure it's relevant, interesting, and puts your best foot forward.
How Recruiters Read Resumes [Careerealism]