Assembling the perfect resume can be a daunting process. Many attempts it, however, only a few really perfect it. There is no one way to get this accomplished but there are many things to avoid and some to include. This article will briefly address 10 valid tips to follow when formulating a good resume.
Gather all your information, then shorten
It is usually advisable to limit a resume to one page. However, experience and achievements, sometime makes this one page maximum, difficult. Whether it is one page or more, keep the information short and appealing. It is easy to bore the reader, so be prepared to incorporate items that will stand out.
Keep the content applicable to the job
Try to keep the information in the resume associated with the job as much as possible. Include all the achievement that relates to the position and exclude the ones that don’t. This is a perfect way to summarize your resume and be the main candidate in the labour hire process.
Stay away from cliche’ phrases
Phrases such as “team worker,” “best” and “great” should be avoided. These phrases tend to be used so much in our daily lives that when confronted in a resume, it becomes too repetitive. A resume is your chance to be creative and ingenious with your word choice.
Accomplishments are best expressed quantitatively
Specifying that you increased sales output by 175% is way more attractive to a prospective employer than saying “I help sales output increase tremendously.” Number illustrates to that employer that some amount of calculation was incorporated in its preparation.
Keywords to include
While there are words to avoid when making a resume, there are certain key words that any Human Resources Department look for in order to simplify their labour hire procedure. Your foreign language capabilities and computer skills are just two of the themes they take closer a look at. Therefore, words that point towards these specific skills will increase your chances of being shortlisted.
Reduce emphasis on instances of short employment
Try to strategically place less emphasis on jobs that you spend only a few weeks or months employed at. This could be done by making the ‘job title’ in bold while ‘date employed’ in regular font. Employers see the lack of commitment at prior jobs as being negative.
Supply a video resume or slideshow when applicable
Some employers identify accomplishments and skills has the most attractive aspect of a resume. If you are able to deduce this information early (either from research or contacting HR), create an interactive resume for the employer. This will probably be your best chance to involve all of your creativity.
During interview, hold resume until requested
Do not be the first to present a resume (no matter how well-constructed) to the interviewer. A personality will always stand out more in person than on paper. Hence, it is always best to have as much face to face contact with the interviewer before he or she reaches for the resume.
Create different resumes for different jobs
Having one general template is a good idea, but always modify resumes for individual jobs. Most employers are able to tell if you submitted a “one size fit all” resume to them.
Try to have your resume proofread by at least two individuals, yourself and possibly an online proofreading service. This allows you to cover every error that might be overlooked. It is also a good idea to proof read the printed version of the resume, since errors are much easier to make a computer screen.