Writing a resume is tricky. There is no one-size-fits-all resume writing strategy that fits every job
But there are tried and true methods that can help job seekers write a resume that best represents how they can make an impact on their next job. Because that’s the purpose of a resume. It’s not a career biography. It’s not all about what you’ve done. It’s about how you can show an employer how you can make an impact on the specific role for which you are applying.
So how can frustrated job seekers create a resume that gets read by a recruiter, gets interviews, and gets results?
Below I have given a few points which are really useful for a job seeker
Make it easy to read: The average hiring manager will likely only spend 6 to 7 seconds looking at your resume. Put the most important information on the top, and write in bullet point versus paragraph form. White space will draw attention to the important parts of your resume. Keep it simple, but compelling enough for the hiring manager to want to know more!
Give the reader a reason to hire you instead of your peer: What makes you a star? If you and your coworkers were to apply to the same job, what would make you stand out from the rest of the crowd? “Don’t be afraid to brag about professional accomplishments, such as winning a company award, or speaking at a professional event,” says Larson.
Remember, your resume is a document that covers your qualifications to get your foot in the door past the gatekeeper.
“It is the hiring manager’s first impression of you, and so find ways to make yourself stand apart,” says Larson. “On top of showcasing your hard skills, give the manager a glimpse of how you could be a culture fit.”
Try to stay away from non-relevant information like “avid coffee drinker” and instead include something that is professional and impactful like “marketing coach and mentor for the program.”
Roles and Responsibilities
You’ll need to tailor your resume to each particular job that you apply for, so it’s vital that the job titles and the responsibilities you include in your resume are relevant (if not a direct match) for the job offered. Although you need to clarify your previous roles, it’s important that your resume offers more than just a list of your responsibilities.
Your resume will be scanned for the right kind of experience. Ensure your experience – whether six months in one role or four years in another – comes across as consistent and relevant to the job you’re applying for. Be clear where you added value and your exact contribution to any high-profile project.
Ensure you include all relevant skills gained and required of you in previous roles. Your skills will complement your experience and should ultimately illustrate your suitability for the job offered.
Results and Achievements
Hiring managers love to see results, so if you achieved above your target as a Sales Manager, for example, make sure you state your targets as amounts or percentages and demonstrate how you’ve overachieved.
Ensure you highlight relevant educational certificates, particularly when they’ve been listed as essential or desirable in the selection criteria.
Once you’ve got the details right, your CV will need to look, feel, and read well if it’s going to grab the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter quickly and effectively. To do this, make sure you pay attention to the following details.
Easy to Read
Ensure the layout of your resume is clear and consistent, containing only one type of font (bold can be used to highlight). Use bullet points to outline skills, achievements, responsibilities, etc. rather than rambling sentences. Spelling or grammar mistakes are to be avoided at all costs.
Format and Label
Ensure your resume is formatted in such a way that the recipient will be able to open it easily – no hiring manager wants to download software to view a resume. Make sure that when you save your resume, you include your name (i.e. Smith, John- resume) in the saved title. It’s also a courtesy to keep your application under 1MB to avoid clogging anyone’s inbox.
You may possess all the desired skills and experience to excel at a role, but if you don’t document them clearly in your resume, you may fall at the first hurdle in being considered for a new role.
Overall career p
Hiring managers want to read resumes that tell a story about a candidate’s career. This story helps them identify the reason why you’re applying for the position and whether you’d make a good fit.
Make sure your resume outlines the key responsibilities you’ve held in each position and how they’ve contributed to your overall career success. Your job titles should also give the employer an idea of the type of experience you’ve had over time
You would think it goes without saying but grammar and spelling errors have been and always will be big turn-offs. Be sure to proofread every line in your documents before submitting. I would suggest having someone else give your information a second look. When you’ve reviewed the same information repeatedly, it’s easy to see what should be there and not what’s actually there.
Most job seekers don’t consider an email address as an obstacle. However, using an AOL, Yahoo, or cable/internet provider email address can give the impression that you’re outdated or not as tech-savvy as the potential employer desires. Also, some older email service providers have subpar spam filters. I can’t tell you how many applicants were furious about not being selected to interview for my open positions, only to find out they’d never responded to several emails I’d sent them concerning completing assessments.
Stick with Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, or an email connected to your personal domain. Also, if you haven’t personalized your LinkedIn URL, now would be a good time to add another layer of professionalism.