Style reflects both your attitude and your personality.
In a generation of a multitude of characters, it is important for you to stand out.
Therefore, it is important to be aware of how you express yourself. To better understand how to make a resume you must understand what a resume is and how it is different from a CV. Thereafter, you should know when to use a resume and how to customize it for your best experience.
The best way to write a resume is to tailor it professionally once you have your data ready. We suggest you use Hiration's online resume builder for a facilitated resume building experience. You may further find free examples on our website.
We have experienced how writing your resume could be extremely painstaking. Over that you must tailor the keywords and write one to two pages of crisp information.
Sounds hard, right? But nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into smaller parts.
But first, what is a Resume?
Simply put, a resume is a formal and official presentation of an applicant's work experience and education, and his/her definite skills. A resume is therefore a one or two-page document to summarize your qualifications for your target job profile.
A resume purposely provides a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a brief of who you are with respect to your interests, and experiences. A good resume gets you an interview.
Since your resume is a primary tool in your job search, it needs to be carefully written and critiqued. This article is designed to guide you through the process.
Resume vs. CV
The three major differences between CVs and resumes are:
- the length,
- the purpose, and
- the layout
A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter.
A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant.
The main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.
Check out this blog post for a greater understanding of the difference between the two.
Who Needs a Resume?
You'll need to submit a resume if you're applying for a job with an organization that doesn't rely solely on standard, handwritten application forms.
Companies that require resumes will say so in their job postings, and those that don't will ask you to fill out an application.
It is also always a good idea to have a typed resume ready to submit with the application form.
Why Do You Need a Resume?
A resume is not necessarily a sanction of your personality.
To Find A New Job
Change is sometimes forced on a worker – companies do not share all the information that could potentially impact employees or sometimes the company is blind-sided by changes outside of its control.
If you are caught in this position, your stress will be somewhat eased by an updated resume on hand and ready to send to potential employers and colleagues.
To Find A New Opportunity
A visible resume posted online or shared among a network of trusted friends or colleagues could open doors to opportunities not recognized, considered, or thought of.
How exciting to be presented with the perfect opportunity out of the blue?
A network member might recognize a match between contents of a resume and an opening only they are privy to at the moment. After an “AHA” moment or two a line can easily be drawn between the needs of the opportunity and the offerings outlined in a well-formatted resume.
To Improve Or Maintain Status In An Industry Or Field
In many industries, it is crucial to have a standing in one’s professional community.
A recommendation from a competitor can often carry more weight than one from a friend or customer.
Visibly impressive qualifications communicated well and often ensure that few people will have ill words to speak. To do so would be to risk dissension.
Skills vs. Employer Benefits
One way to rise above the competition is to make sure that your resume is loaded with employer benefits, not just skills.
According to resume expert Peter Newfield, today’s resumes must be "results driven" rather than the skills driven resumes of the past. By reading your resume, the employer must quickly understand what advantages you offer his company.
Think of yourself as a product and the employer as the consumer. How would you sell your product (yourself) to the employer?
An employer is more interested in the benefits you have to offer, than your impressive repertoire of skills. When you write your resume, make every effort to highlight these employer benefits.
For example, if you are proficient in PageMaker and desktop publishing, do not just list your skills (such as Mastery of PageMaker). Translate those skills into benefits. Tell the employer what you are able to do with your desktop publishing skills (for example, "ability to produce attractive brochures at a low cost").
Skills indicate your potential, while benefits demonstrate your actual accomplishments—what you have achieved with your skills.
An employer realizes that many applicants are well versed in PageMaker. Your job is to explain to the employer what you can do with it.
Other Reasons for a Resume
To Identify Gaps In Skills, Knowledge, Or Abilities
Prior planning prevents… Well, enough said! Just the exercise in pulling together the information for an updated resume may be enough to identify areas for improvement.
There is no time like the present – not having an up to date resume is like playing Russian Roulette with one’s income. No one wants to have to look for work because they lost their job. Be prepared, keep a current resume, and keep skills current.
Prepares you for the interview
Most employers will use your resume as a guideline when they interview you. They will ask you to explain in detail many of the statements you have made in your resume.
Preparing a resume forces you to assess your skills. This in turn will help you evaluate the many employment options open to you. It will also help you plan an effective job search campaign.
Gives you a sense of security
It’s a good idea to always have an updates resume on hand. You never know when you will want to seek a better job or just a change. Also, in case you unexpectedly lose your job, it is wise to have your resume updated and ready.
Can be used as a calling card
It’s there when you want to conduct informational interviews to test potential opportunities.
When Do You Need a Resume?
The popular belief is that resumes land jobs. Not true. The resume's sole purpose is to land you an interview. If employers like what they see in your resume, they'll contact you to schedule an interview.
During the interview, they'll evaluate how well your skills match the job requirements, and how well your personality fits with their team.
CVs are used almost exclusively in countries outside of the United States. In Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, employers may expect to receive a curriculum vitae rather than a resume.
Within the United States, people in academia and medicine tend to use CVs rather than resumes.
CVs are thus used primarily when applying for international, academic, education, scientific, medical, or research positions or when applying for fellowships or grants.
How to Write a Resume?
Review the Purpose of a Resume
Think of a resume as “self-advertisement” that sums up your experience on one page. Your resume is one of the most important pieces of your job application.
It gives the hiring manager an overview of the qualifications you have for the job for which you’re applying.
You should also familiarize yourself with the difference between a resume and a cover letter:
A resume is typically sent with a cover letter, which is a document that provides additional information on your skills and experience in letter form.
A resume is a concise, often bulleted summary, while a cover letter highlights and expands on certain traits or accomplishments that would be unique or ideal assets for the particular job.
In order to effectively convey your strengths, you must do a self assessment.
Begin with a list of your greatest accomplishments and personal qualities.
Describe your skills and accomplishments with each employer by using action words. List only the skills that you would like to use on a new job. If you are writing a scannable resume then use key words.
Write a chronological history of your employment, training, volunteer work and extra-curricular activities.
Analyze the requirements of the new job you want to apply for.
Compare the skills required with your background and indicate how you have demonstrated these skills. (Apply for jobs where you have the closest fit and interest.)
Create a Master Resume
An effective resume lays out a summary of qualifications that will push the hiring manager or employer to move forward and invite you to interview for the position.
As well as details on skills, education, and work history, resumes can also have optional sections, such as an objective, summary statement, skills, or career highlights. Those sections can be added after you’ve compiled all the factual information you need to list on your resume.
For many people, it can be helpful to sit down with a pen and paper, or a blank Word document, and jot down their work history from start to finish. Of course, if you have been in the workforce for many years, this is not going to be time-efficient, so you may choose to focus on your most prominent and relevant positions.
Once you’ve decided on a resume type, it’s time to start writing your resume. You don’t have to start from scratch. First, review examples of the resume type you’ve selected. Then, choose a template which you can copy and paste into a document, and then fill in with your own work history.
Regardless of the type of resume you choose, aim to tailor your resume to the job you are applying to. While it's perfectly acceptable to use a resume template, which you adapt to fit each job description, it's a bad idea to send the same exact resume to multiple openings, even within the same field.
Your goal should be to write your resume with both robots and humans in mind. Many organizations use Applicant Tracking Systems to sort and vet resumes, before hiring managers ever take a look at them.
This means that you could have the best experience and qualifications in a whole field of candidates, and a pretty decent resume besides, but your information will fall through the cracks if your resume doesn't contain the right keywords.
Good keywords will refer not only to your experience but to the job description in the posting as well.
Your Master CV should include all information about your past work experiences, duties and achievements, along with:
Publications and presentations
Honors, awards, and achievements
Certifications and trainings
... and anything else that could be significant in getting yourself a job.
After preparing the Master CV, prepare your resume outline. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure your resume outline is tailored for each application:
- Read the target job description carefully and research the organization to identify the significant parameters and key skills
- Use targeted headings which direct to the main requirements of the position
- Include additional section for key achievements during your work profile
- Make sure the order of your sections ensues the most important experiences to appear early
Make a List of Your Work Experience
No matter your approach, your goal will be to produce a chronological list of experience that is relevant to the jobs you’re applying to.
Although this should focus on professional work experience, you can also include awards or accolades, volunteer or community experience, post-grad coursework, and skills, as well as your college education, which can move to the bottom of your resume once you get your first job after college.
When you’re working on your brain dump, make sure to include the name of the company, its location, dates of employment, and several bullet points describing your role and responsibilities for each position you list.
Although you may need to expand on the bullet points later on, you’ll need this information at the minimum.
Focus on Your Achievements
When writing the descriptions for the jobs you’ve held, focus on what you accomplished in each position rather than what you did.
Listing quantifiable achievements in a numerical manner (increased sales by 20%, reduced expenses by 10%, for example) will help your resume stand out.
Be sure to match those accomplishments to the criteria the employer is seeking in the job posting.
If it’s challenging (and it can be!) to write resume descriptions that will catch the attention of the hiring manager, review these tips for how to make your resume employment history sound better – and get you picked for an interview.
What is included in the resume content?
Use the categories below which are most appropriate to your situation.
In order for a resume to make a positive impression, you must develop a theme. Do you want to show your extensive work history? Do you want to highlight your educational background or stress your skills/qualifications and achievements as well as duties and responsibilities. For more information, link to Organization and/or Resume Format.
The heading is always at the center or the left-hand side of the resume or near the top of the page. List your name, temporary or permanent street address and e-mail address.
Do not forget to include your home or work telephone number if you are comfortable with prospective employers calling. If using an answering machine be certain you have recorded a message that is clear, concise and businesslike.
Including a "job objective" is optional but highly recommended. This indicates what your job goal is; be specific.
In twelve words or less, clearly state what type of job you want. Avoid overused phrases, such as "utilizing my skills" or "offering a potential to grow" without being specific about how to accomplish that goal.
Indicate the school or college you have attended, any seminars, workshops, military training or special courses you have taken.
If you have taken college courses, list the college, city, major, most recent degree awarded and when you graduated. You may also list your grade point average (G.P.A.), if desired but specify on what scale (e.g., 3.5 on a 4.0 scale).
If you are just beginning college, list the high school, as well as any significant college courses you have studied. If you have been out of high school for a number of years, omit the high school; a significant career history may be more meaningful.
If your career history is more important than the education, list the experience first and place the education later in the resume.
Employment, Work History, Experiences, Work Experiences, Military or Volunteer Positions
(Need not be paid to be included.) This is a critical section of the resume and probably the most extensive area. Begin with your current or most recent job and use reverse chronological order. List the information in this order:
- Job title
- Name of the employer and dates (if applicable)
- City and state of the employer
- A summary of your accomplishments and responsibilities
- For a military entry, current or most recent rank and job classification
When writing the summary of accomplishments and responsibilities, explain concisely the duties relevant to the position you are seeking.
Emphasize the responsibilities and skills that would readily transfer to your next job. Be careful not to overstate your duties.
Use action words to describe your qualifications. Use key words if you are writing a scannable resume.
Other Related Work Experience
In today's job market, internships, apprenticeships, co-ops and other related experiences are very important.
State as briefly as possible those activities which are relevant to the job for which you are applying. This information could be similar to that provided for work experience.
List certification and licenses in your field of expertise, indicating the dates and type of test taken for licensure. Include the number of the license, if relevant.
Quantifying your contribution is a sure-shot way to instantly grab the recruiter's attention. For instance, mention how many reports, how many vendors, how many stakeholders (and how their problems were resolved), etc.
Try to bring out as many numbers as you can. This goes for the entire resume. Numbers help to quantify the impact of your work which otherwise gets drowned out. You can always mention a ballpark figure in case you don't have the exact numbers.
Then again, don't overdo it. Mention numbers only if you think they're significant enough, and where they'll further enhance the impact of your work.
Try to draw a cause-effect relationship. Recruiters can understand your contribution, but you also have to bring out the impact of your contribution. How did it benefit the stakeholders?
HIRATION PROTIP: You should structure your project points and your experience points in such a way that 2 things come out: what you did and what was the impact/result.
Most resumes do a good job of explaining what was done. However, we do not get to know what the result/impact of it was. This will help your resume stand out from all the other resumes in the crowd as the result/impact will let the recruiter understand the depth of your contribution to the work.
Tips for Perfecting your Experience Section
Write your job history in reverse-chronological order - start with your current position.
Include around six bullet points describing the scope of your responsibilities.
Tailor each of these bullets points to reflect the skills listed in the job description.
Follow the bullet point format (see below), and include facts and figures.
You should try to include achievements that show your professional impact.
Tell a career story that reinforces your professinal persona.
Skills, Accomplishments, Awards or Achievements (optional)
If you are creating a functional resume, divide into skill headings, with specific examples bulleted under each section. Begin with the skill for which you are applying. Some of the headings may include: communication, management, leadership, customer service, financial skills, etc.
If you have won athletic awards, presented research at a professional conference or were recognized for community involvement or a competition then consider including them.
- Memberships or Professional Organizations
List any memberships, campus activities or professional organizations you are currently or were engaged in that relate to your career objective. Indicate office(s) held.
- Hobbies or Interests (optional)
This section may be included if you have hobbies or interests which demonstrate and highlight skills, abilities and characteristics about you. Some examples are: work with your hands, theater, art work, travel, historic preservation, hiking or even hunting.
- Personal Background
This section is rarely used in resumes today, but should you feel some personal information relates to the job objective, it may be included in the resume or in the cover letter.
Preparing a separate sheet of four or five professionally related references is acceptable. References are not normally included with your resume but may be furnished upon request on a separate sheet of paper. Divide references into work related, professional and personal.
Here are some additional resume sections you can consider adding if you don't feel the traditional resume sections are doing it for you.
Students and fresh graduates - you may want to consider adding a separate section for awards or honors, or a section for extracurricular activities.
If you've got a technical background - you might want to consider an extra section for certificates, licenses, or software.
Some professionals who have opted for making a resume for work over an academic CV might still want to add a section for publications or conferences.
Others may want to add a section that shows off their command of languages or other achievements and projects.
The hobbies section of a resume is optional. But you can add one if you have space. Adding your interests shows off extra skills for a resume, makes your resume stand out, and gives the hiring manager a fuller image of you.
Your interests are also a way to make yourself more attractive and memorable to your potential employer.However, make sure yoour hobbies are specific. For example, instead of writing "Reading" as your hobby, include "Reading American Literature".
Final considerations are the selection of text, fonts, paper, printing and mailing methods.
Use white space liberally. Create at least one-inch margins on your resume. Also, leave some blank space between various sections of the resume's text, so several distinct chunks of information can be seen.
Fonts (type size). Two types are generally used, 10-point and 12-point. An exception to this could be a header typed in a large font to highlight your name.
Paper and Envelopes. Resumes, cover letters and thank you letters should be printed on a high quality cotton paper. These choices reflect your style, your attention to detail and thoroughness. Variations are acceptable in some instances if they accentuate or highlight your field of interest or expertise.
Printing Methods. Always use a quality method of printing, such as a laser printer. If you do not use this, then have your resume typeset. Use graphics very sparingly or not at all unless their use appears appropriate for the field for which you are applying.
**Mailing/Distribution. **If you fax a resume, use white paper. Use the largest font which comfortably fits within your resume margins. Always mail or deliver a original to the prospective employer the same day.
When doing a global job search, consider the electronic resume. Some local printing companies can help with the service of on-line resumes, but consider the fees and confidentiality issues involved in this choice.
Organizing your Resume
The entire resume must be targeted to a specific job objective. Arrange a resume to highlight your strongest or most extensive skills.
For example, if you have just graduated from college, your education, class-work and internship or co-op experiences are most important and should be placed at the beginning.
If you have an extensive work history which is the highlight of your resume, the education section would go near the end of the resume.
If you are not quite finished with your degree and you are currently taking college courses directly related to the position; then either your co-op work history, the highlights of school achievements or specific courses can be indicated.
Below are some suggestions in setting up your resume. Link to Resume Content for categories that may be used in the content of a resume and a description of each of these categories.
Organize the resume so it is easy to follow. Margin space should be approximately one inch around the edges.
Write short sentences.
Distinguish categories clearly with headings that are bold, underlined or CAPITALIZED.
Use bullets, underlining and capitalizing sparingly to guide the reader to detail within a category.
Place key words or the main point of each statement at the beginning of each line.
Bolding and Bucketing. You should highlight the important words/numbers on your resume. This is to ensure that you pass the 10-second test. On average, a recruiter will go through your resume for only 10s in the first go.
If you do not highlight any words using bold/italics, then it is up to her to read whatever she wants to. This can lead to an immediate rejection. Hence, highlight all the important keywords to ensure that she reads what you want her to read. But do not overdo it, otherwise it makes the highlighting redundant.
The general principle that you should follow while highlighting your resume is that you should only highlight those words/facts that are relevant to the roles you're targeting. For example, highlight where all you led a team, what all targets you were able to meet, what all methodologies you're aware of, etc.
Highlight the things which you have a good knowledge of because in case of an interview questions are generally asked around those highlighted points. This can actually be used to your benefit. Additionally, under all your job experiences, you can create subheadings or 'buckets' as we call them (mainly what all broad level skills you acquired in that job) and club similar points together.
Consequently, the recruiter won't have to necessarily read all the points, just perusing through those subheadings can suffice. Then highlight significant numbers and achievements in each or most points to make the recruiter's job even easier. For every work ex, you can have a separate Key Achievements section.
This section usually contains specific contributions/cases, impact, result, figures, etc. See if you can enrich your points here and in general throughout your resume, by better showcasing the extent of your role.
Additionally, make sure that all your points don't exceed one line. If they do, either split it into multiple points or create sub points. Not only will it help weed out fluff, it will force you to only mention your contribution and its impact while leaving out everything else.
Leave a space between lines to enhance readability. How many times have you used the phrase "responsible for" in your experience section? More than once?You may want to consider mixing up your vocabulary. Overusing words and phrases like “responsible for” or “manage” is boring.
Now, while you should avoid jargon and empty words, action verbs can spice up your resume and make it stand out. Also, be sure to use the present tense when describing your current role.
Keep resumes to one page, if possible; however, two pages is acceptable. Use whatever space is needed to relate information to potential employers. Resumes should be long enough to convey your qualifications and experience, but not wordy.
If you are not able to concentrate information into one page, make sure the information on the second page has sufficient content. It is important to share your resume with someone who can provide objective feedback.
Focus on customizing your resume to the job offer and prove you fit the job by showing related accomplishments. If you can do that in one page, definitely do. If a single page makes you look too light for this particular career, add more achievements.
Formatting Your Resume
The Chronological Resume format is the most effective choice for individuals with a strong or continuous work history and increasing levels of responsibility in the occupational area stated in the resume objective.
Dates should be placed on the resume in reverse chronological order (most recent jobs listed first) to highlight the continuous work history and increasing levels of responsibility.
Job titles may be italicized, capitalized, underlined or printed in bold to emphasize increased responsibility. The resume should then list those skill qualifications or characteristics offered to an employer.
The Functional Resume is usually chosen by individuals without a strong work history or current work experience. It emphasizes skill areas and de-emphasizes work history and dates.
The functional resume is for someone who would like to change careers, has no career history or desires a job in another field. It lists areas of expertise, skills and qualifications with the most extensive skills listed near the top of the resume. For example, this could include management, leadership, technical or communication skills which employers desire.
The Combination Resume combines the strongest elements of the chronological and functional formats to include both job-related qualifications and work experience. This provides strong support for the stated job objective. The combination resume may be useful for someone who wants to emphasize work history in addition to specific skill areas. This is a hybrid resume with the functional format at the top portion of the resume and the chronological format at the bottom.
The Scannable Resume uses key words and phrases to increase the likelihood that the resume will be selected in an electronic search. It may be useful for someone who is applying for a job with a large company. Larger companies utilize software to electronically scan resumes for sorting, reviewing, distributing and filing. The scanning process searches for key words which may be important to the field you have interest in or the job for which you are applying. In fact, the most important aspect of a good scannable resume is the use of key words. Instead of the action verbs used in the traditional resume, you will want specific phrases or words. Resumes can be sorted with all kinds of data bank keywords looking for such things as skills, knowledge of computer software packages, education and technical terms. To determine the key words in your field, first go to the job advertisement and use as many of those key words as possible or go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the O'Net or the Michigan Occupational Information System. It is important to know these key words or phrases but not to overuse them. The scanning process will then indicate which resumes could be reviewed in more depth. This process is referred to as having a certain number of "hits" (key words, phrases, etc.) identified.
Tips for a Scannable Resume:
|Use white or light-colored 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper||Print on both sides|
|Provide a laser or ink-jet printer original||Use pixelated photocopy|
|Use sans-serif typeface||Use boldface type for your name, dates or the body of your resume|
|Use a 10-point or 12-point type||Underline or use italics|
|Leave space between your lines of copy||Use graphics, logos or bullets|
|Use boldface or all CAPITAL letters for section headings only||Use vertical and horizontal lines and boxes|
|Use only commonly recognized abbreviations||Abbreviate all possible terms|
|Place your heading on top of your resume||Fold your resume|
Keep your resume short and concise to make a good impression in a quick glance. Consider one to two pages if you have under 10 years of professional experience.
Format and style
The design and layout of your resume or CV should be neat and easy to read. Use only one or two easy to read fonts and include headers, bullet points and paragraphs. Make sure you write your resume consistently in first person, and have perfect spelling and grammar.
Match your resume or CV to the position
This is most important when writing a resume, but it applies to a CV too. Make sure that you highlight your education, work experience, and skills as they relate to the particular industry or job.
Use a template
You may want to use a template to structure your resume or CV. This will give your document a clear organization, which will help the employer quickly see your qualifications and experience.
Edit, edit, edit
No matter whether you use a CV or resume, you need to thoroughly edit your document. Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
Proofread, Proofread, and Proofread Again
Not even professional proofreaders can easily proofread their own work. Once you've made a typo, it's hard to catch it yourself. For that reason, it's a good idea to have one or two trusted friends take a look at your resume before you send it in for consideration. Use this resume proofreading checklist first, then ask someone else to give it a final review to be sure it’s perfect before you click send or upload to apply for a job.
What to exclude from your resume
Personal details such as your religion, age or marital status are prohibited in the US. Although they are accepted universally you should check your job description necessities to understand whether you should absolutely include them or not.
Try excluding irrelevant jobs. If you are applying for a profile in the aerospace, your internship at McDonald's might not count.
Salary expectations or previous salaries that you have received. This information is usually discussed during the time of the interview.
Refrain from including images on your resume. They can create problems with the recruitment softwares and also reduce the appeal in a professional layout.
Stick to professional and simple fonts and formats so that it is easier for recruiters to review your resume. It also means any recruitment software that reviews your resume can easily read the information. Good fonts to use include:
Don't use large headers to break up the sections of your resume. Use a 10- or 11-point font for your main content and a 12- or 14-point maximum for headers.
Some resume templates present information in tables to help with layout, but some recruitment software is unable to read tables. Your resume should only be formatted using line breaks and simple formatting (like setting multiple columns across the page).
You’re bringing steak to the tigers with your resume. The employer can look at it and know immediately that not only are you qualified but that you’ve done your research into what the job is and what they’re looking for in an employee. Your goals are clear as are your skills, areas of expertise and or body of experience.
- Aesthetically Pleasing
Remember what we said about a resume being a work of art? It should be clean, concise and have a simple structure that invites a reader to glance at it and immediately know what they’re looking at. It’s balanced and flows between sections smoothly. It’s not crowded, the margins are clean, and the font is professional. It’s also devoid of ANY ERRORS. No missing periods, no misspelled words, no grammar issues. It’s also correct and the information included is current and accurate.
That means everything you need to include is included, including (but not limited to) your name, current phone number and accurate email address, a listing of all the jobs you’ve held (in reverse chronological order), educational degrees (including any certifications and the highest degree achieved – again in reverse chronological order) and any targeted information that will help a hiring manager realize you are the perfect candidate.
The easiest way to make sure you remember all of this is to keep track using the “Perfect Resume” Checklist we made for you. You can simply check off the boxes as you complete them. Click here to your “perfect resume” checklist.
Jobs listed also include your title, the name of the company or organization you worked with, the city and state where you worked and the years you were employed. The bulleted lists are summarized in a clear way that highlights the key ideas without taking up too much space.
And PLEASE! No fibs. Hiring Managers can easily verify anything you put on your resume, and getting busted lying isn’t exactly a winning formula for getting job offers.
The hiring manager can look at your resume and immediately know what you’re applying for and what you bring in value to the company. It’s clear and concise. There’s no confusion as to what your profession is and what you can do.
One page to two pages max, depending on your field, level of experience and skill set. Don’t bore people with details, keep them wanting more…but also learn the balance between not saying enough to saying just enough.
Never include anything on a resume that might turn off an employer including political or religious affiliations, anything controversial, or that could be taken in a negative light.
This includes font, layout, and paper as well as content. Again, this is for a job and should be used as such. This isn’t a platform for personal statements or a novel detailing every job you’ve ever had since birth to present. It’s printed on high-quality paper in an appropriate color and is clean of any smudges, tears or wrinkles.
Every time you apply for a new job, check your resume to ensure that it’s not only targeted, but also current. Make sure your dates are correct and that you include the most up to date information (this is especially important if you’ve changed your phone number or contact email!)
- It Is YOURS
That’s right…it might seem strange to say this, but the number one thing you have to remember when applying for any job is to be honest! Use action verbs and power words to give your resume life, but don’t let yourself get carried away and overstate your skills, positions, or abilities. Remember, they’re hiring you…and the last thing you want is to get a job you can’t do.