Resumes are literally your entry into a job interview, which in turn, becomes your stepping stone to your career. It goes without saying that you have to be extra vigilant when it comes to writing your resume because it literally represents who you are and what you can do when employers go through it… What values would you want your resume to convey about you? Does it build a strong picture of you? Will it be your “foot-in-the-door”?
With recruiters and employers receiving a massive amount of resumes everyday, you’ll have to make sure that your resume has a competitive advantage over that of the other candidates
So how are you supposed to write a good resume? Here are a few basic things you need to remember:
1. Keep it short and sweet
A wordy resume is a hard resume to read. Given that employers and recruiters don’t have all day to read long resumes, you’ll have to make sure that your resume delivers what they’re looking for in a relatively efficient manner.
Use bullet points to illustrate facts and figures. This allows the employer to quickly skim through your facts and determine if you’re suited for the job.
2. Stay accurate and up to date
It goes without saying that you have to be truthful when making your resume. A resume filled with inaccurate data, particularly those concerning achievements and the like, can lead to a ruined career. Worse, you might be blacklisted from other potential career opportunities.
Accurate contact information is another immensely important factor. Even if the employer finds your resume and list of achievements exceptional, having inaccurate contact details will kill whatever opportunity you might have. Worse, employers might see it as a a reflection of how inaccurate and inefficient you are. So make a point to update your contact details. Also, make a habit of following up on your application by calling the employer. This adds value to you as being resourceful.
3. Speak professionally
Being able to speak in a lingo that your employer understands (a professional, career-oriented language) sends the impression that you know how things work in your field. Make sure your resume communicates this and in a manner that conveys why you could be an invaluable asset to the employer.
Also, employers and recruiters use automated applicant tracking systems to filter resumes and candidates. Most likely, these systems seek out specific words relevant to the career to determine which resumes are worth looking at and which ones to ignore.
4. Outline your achievements
It’s important to outline important events in your professional career. Primarily those that benefit the company you’ve worked for.
There’s no need to tell a long story, just make sure to have these achievements mentioned in your resume in bullets form.
When putting in achievements, it’s important to note that you have to mention only those that are relevant to the career that you’re applying for.
5. Take note of your unique selling point
Your resume is your marketing tool to employers and HR people. It goes without saying that it has to communicate the value you’ll bring to the company in a clear and concise manner.
Make sure your resume is able to communicate your unique selling point to the employer. Be sure, however, to make this unique selling point is relevant to the job position you’re applying for.
Instead of saying, “I am a team player, etc.”, come up with a one liner that sums up what you can bring to the company.
Just in case you need more help in the creation of your resume, here’s a bonus tip.
Bonus tip: Find out what works, what didn’t work and what could work better
Why wasn’t your resume considered? Did it even make it to the employer’s eyes? Was it the words you used? Or were you just not suited for the job? Did your resume properly convey how you can be an asset to the employer? Which words could’ve worked better? These questions need to be asked, answered, and acted upon so you can make better ones for employers to consider.
At the end of the day, what spells the difference between having your resume ignored and you getting the job is your resilience and resourcefulness as an individual. Have you followed up on the employer? What have you done to separate yourself among the other applicants?
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