You need to sweat the small stuff. That means making certain that your resume includes these nine basic elements:

Accomplishments and achievements
Employers need to know what you've done to contribute to the growth of your department, team, and company to determine whether your strengths align with the needs and responsibilities of their company and the job opening, Nicolai says.
Under each job title and description, include the most important, impressive, and relevant achievements.

Your career narrative
"No matter if you are constructing a functional résumé or a chronological résumé, some kind of professional history is critical," Bradford says. "But make sure your story makes for a more interesting read."