Writing a resume? Have you considered these points?
Writing a good resume can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting, but never fear!
We have compiled our top 10 hints on how to show the world your true self and get all those important interviews.
Keep It Simple And Relevant
Usually, a résumé should not be more than two pages – and that is two pages of A4 size paper. An employer, on average will spend just 8 seconds looking at your résumé, and a sure-fire way of landing yourself on the rejected pile is to send them your entire life story. Keep it simple, to-the- point, and save those little details for the interview.
Handle Those Errors
Employers do look for mistakes on résumé, and if they find them, it makes you look unsuitable for the position. If you are unsure, then use a spellchecker or ask someone else to double-check what you have written. Do not forget always proofread your résumé before submitting it.
Customize It According To The Job Position
We have all done it, used the same résumé to send to different applications to save time. Stop! Take the time to make changes to your résumé before applying to each role. Organize your experience in chronological order; that is, list the most recent position first. Research the company and use the job advert to work out exactly what skills you should point out to them. They will appreciate the effort.
Keep It Real And True
Everyone lies on their résumé, right? NO! False statements on your résumé can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on what you claim to know, that can be pretty awkward.
Include A Personal Statement
Write a paragraph on your experience; focus on accomplishments and skills that will stand you out for the position you are applying.
Keep It Current
Do not send your resume without updating. Make sure to mention the most current experience and skills gained.
Do The Math
This may sound dull but by backing up your achievements with numbers, it makes selling yourself much easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you increased sales; tell them you increased sales by 70% over a six-month period. Get it? Big numbers are particularly good but see that they are not lies.
Make It Look Good
Take some time to pretty up your resume. Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye. Alternatively, get creative with your job application.
Make It Searchable (Keyword Friendly)
Mentioning relevant keywords in the résumé are crucial, and it will help recruiters to find you quickly. Job titles and buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your résumé from the pile. Confused? Don’t be. Take a example a marketing candidate, who may mention keywords such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), that are related to the experience and skills that they may possess. If you are not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly used relating to your qualifications.