Your resume should quickly show off your talents and get you noticed by busy hiring managers.
The basics of resume writing have been the same for years. But come to think of it that, as technology evolves, the hiring process is getting more digital than before. So, when you stay updated with the current best practices, your resume will much more likely help you shine on your job hunt.
Are you excited about creating an effective resume? Below are some tips for crafting the very best resume to get noticed for the job you want!
1. Prioritize what’s necessary.
Many people add the most recent position they last had in the first part of their resumes. This is actually highly recommended when you’ve already gained a lot of work experience. However, if you’re a fresh graduate, your educational background should go first.
Remember to highlight your educational credentials and work experience only if they are relevant. If you were a theater major in college, just exclude this information if you’re applying for an operations manager. But if you had a diploma or master’s degree for the job, it’s better to include the highest degree you obtained for it. Take note, too, that it isn’t necessary to list every single job you had. Focus only on achievements in your past positions over your day-to-day responsibilities.
As for the other details, hard and soft skills relevant to the job should be mentioned either before the work experience or after it. Your personal information (e.g. email address, mobile number, etc.) must also be included, but be careful with whom you share your resume with as these are sensitive data. To save space and ensure your professional contacts’ privacy, you may not need to include character references.
2. Look at other resumes.
Check out how others have listed their skill sets and experiences. You will then see how to present your best self when listing down your credentials. You will also see what words on resumes are overused and how to avoid them. When you look at other resumes, you can also get a feel for the corporate language that other companies use. If you’re hesitant to include other skills or experiences, but you think they’re somehow relevant, you may get tricks from other resumes on how to present the information creatively.
3. Be concise.
Scannable, short statements are much better formats compared to writing long paragraphs. A resume should only be two pages, maximum, so every detail in it must be essential. If you cannot decide what’s critical and what’s not, go back to the job description. Think about what kind of work you want to do daily, and list your relevant experiences with those duties in mind. Exclude the tasks you don’t like doing in your past jobs. Keep only the tasks you want to build on while matching them with what your potential employer is looking for.
4. Use Numbers.
Numerical data could help illustrate more effectively to your future boss what value you can add to their company. So, as much as possible, back up your achievements with data to add credibility to your professional experiences.
Helped close B2B sales contracts annually in different countries
Helped close around 10 B2B sales contracts in different countries annually, with a business potential of USD 10 million per year
5. Keywords are key.
Hiring managers are very interested in candidates who can speak their language. If you use keywords from the trade you are applying for, it reinforces the idea that you are a strong candidate. To check out effective keywords, read job posts that are interesting for you. Be conscious of the terms employers used there and pinpoint those you think are relevant to incorporate in your resume.
6. Proofread, and then proofread again.
One typo or spelling error on your resume could put you out of the hiring game, so you might as well proofread your resume as many times as possible. Read your resume backwards. Do a line-by-line edit, and then a word-by-word edit. Get an objective opinion as well. Ask a trusted friend, family member, or colleague to take a look at your resume. Ask them to be honest, as constructive advice is always useful.
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