Your resume is one of the main factors that determine whether or not you will receive an interview, and potentially a job. It is a reflection of yourself, your accomplishments, and your potential. Therefore, if you are looking for a job, you need to put together the best possible resume you can.
When I was in college, I spent countless hours writing and refining my resume. I would use the school career center, but felt that their resources were lacking and that their tips weren’t really updated or catered to the most competitive jobs in the market. As a result, I had to seek out other resources. I had to talk to actual professionals and get input from actual hiring managers. I studied other resumes and figured out what made them effective. I am here to share with you some of the tips that I learned.
1. Clean and Attractive Formatting
A recruiter will spend seconds looking at your resume. A hiring manager won’t spend much more time than that. It is essential that your resume draws the right attention. Look at different templates that are online. Which ones look attractive to you and fit the culture of the industry/firm you are applying to? Which ones are able to hold enough material on one page? Remember to use attractive and consistent fonts, headers, bolding, etc. Your resume needs to look professional and modern, and not like it was written as a middle school project.
2. Articulate Roles and Accomplishments
Your resume is your opportunity to sell yourself on your skills and expertise. Therefore, detail the different roles that you have worked in and what your accomplishments were. Don’t be modest, but be realistic and honest.
3. Quantify, Quantify, Quantify
Add numbers to quantify your results and achievements, it will add weight to them. It will give the hiring manager a better idea of the scope and scale of your work.
4. Use the Right Buzzwords and Terms
Using the right words to describe your accomplishments is key. Not only will it get your resume noticed, it will create a much more favorable impression of your accomplishments. Career Builder did a study that showed what words to use in your resume. Use those words.
5. Use Detailed and Direct Bullets
Make sure your bullet points are fleshed out and clear. No one wants to read full paragraphs, nor do they want to see half-assed fragments in your resume.
6. Cater Your Resume to the Role
Make sure you understand the job description and requirements. With that knowledge, cater your experience to meet those requirements. The better you fit on paper to the role, the more likely you’ll get an interview. However, do not lie on your resume since it will catch up to you.
Don’t make any spelling or grammatical errors on your resume, it will reflect poorly on you. Ensure that everything is perfect. Keep your tenses consistent and accurate.
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