6 RULES FOR RESUME WRITING
For busy hiring managers, your resume provides a snapshot of your career and is essential to landing an interview. With most application and hiring taking place online, it’s important to stay up to date with what works and what doesn’t.
1. Cover the basics.
Every resume needs to start with contact details such as a professional email address and phone number. Postal addresses are still expected, or at least include your town of residence.
The focus then needs to fall on your relevant skills or experience. If your most recent position relates to the job you’re applying for, start with this and highlight important skills and include level of mastery. Use words or skills mentioned in the job advertisement and focus on listing achievements rather than tasks or duties.
Included all qualifications and training since your educational background will provide benefit, whether it’s relevant to the job or not.
2. Look at other resumes for ideas.
Have a look at sample resumes and job descriptions for the industry you’re applying for and identifying skills or experience needed. This an interesting way to edit and make adjustments to your own resume since you may have experience that is highly relevant to the position you’re applying for but you wouldn’t otherwise identify it as applicable.
3. Use as few words as possible.
Hiring managers need to quickly get a feel of your work experience and what you bring to them. Format your experience in short scan-able statements, not wordy blocks of text that they will just scan over.
4. Quantify your achievements.
Add numbers and data to prove your accomplishments and help hiring managers visualize the impact you will have in their company. Including real data boosts your credibility and adds interesting, informative material to your resume.
5. Use key words in the job ad description.
Using the lingo of the industry not only tells employers you are familiar with all aspects of the business but it also gets you through applicant filtering software. Keywords are critical and reinforces the idea you are a strong candidate.
6. Proof read.
A single typo or grammar mistake is often enough to get your resume tossed early on. Reading through it aloud often helps identify missed words or grammar mistakes, and printing it on paper shows up typos or formatting errors. Ask a friend to carefully check it before you submit it.
A strong resume can streamline your job search results and move you one step closer to your dream job. Putting in the work upfront will pay off in the end.
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