An resume is an extremely important document because it tells a prospective employer what you’ve done in past, and what you could do for them to increase their profits and efficiency.
Many job seekers make the mistake of thinking that a resume is mere a list of duties and responsibilities which they have performed in past. They are wrong – this will result in a non-focused and a spam resume. Employers and automated resume filtering systems or ATS do not like these kind of resume and they seldom win an interview.
The following 10 tips will help you build an effective resume.
Top 10 Resume Writing Tips
1. The prospective employer will spend about 20 seconds flat on your resume. So your resume has to be tremendously customized and focused. Don’t wander away from the point you’re trying to make. Be crisp yet concise.
2. Write your name at the top of the page in large font. Give your current contact details clearly. Right after that, write the accurate position title.
3. Beginning of your resume should be extremely strong. Start with your professional summary or performance profile in order to grab the prospective employer’s interest right away. Try to make the most of this section by including your relevant skills and personal attributes as 50% of recruiters do not see beyond this section.
4. If you are an entry level candidate or a career changer, you may write an objective statement in place of summary. Write your professional objective clearly. Think about it carefully before you write it. This statement has to tell the reader what you’re all about, what it is that you want to achieve in your professional life.
5. Do not write your experiences right after your summary. You should a ‘Professional Skills’ or ‘Core Competencies’ section right after your summary statement or career objective. Include 9-12 of your relevant skills in a 3×3 or 3×4 table. These skills will help your resume shortlisted through ATS and help recruiter to ask questions at the interview.
6. Remember to include an Employment a section in which you talk about your experience that’s relevant to the job. The reader doesn’t want to know how wonderful you are. They only want to know if you can do the job effectively and bring profits for them.
7. Talk about your successes and achievements. Don’t just say “was responsible for a magazine”. What did you do with that magazine? Did you pick up a flailing magazine and turn it into a publication that came out on time and was popular? Did you increase its readership?
8. Be careful; there should no grammatical mistakes or typos in your resume. There is nothing worse than picking up a resume with mistakes. If this happens, your resume will probably end up in the waste paper bin without being read all the way through.
9. If you’re new graduate, put your educational background before internships and/or experience on your resume. When you’ve been working a few years, put your work experience first. You need to put what you’ve been focusing on first.
10. Don’t make it too long or too short. A single page is considered as ideal as far as resume length is concerned. Use a plain language such as Ariel or Times New Roman with 10-12 pt font size.