A resume is a critical document because it tells a prospective employer what you’ve done in the past, and what you can do for them in future 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 the past.
They are wrong. In fact, this kind of resume is considered as a non-focused and a spam resume.
Employers, as well as automated resume filtering systems or ATS, do not like this kind of resume. Therefore, this kind of resume seldom win an interview.
Employers don’t have the time to discover how wonderful you are. They only want to know if you can do the job effectively and bring profits for them.
The following ten tips will help you build an effective resume.
Top 10 Resume Writing Tips
1. The prospective employers usually spend about 5-15 seconds to read your resume. So your resume has to be fully customized and focused as per their needs.
2. Write your name at the top of the page in large font. Give your current contact details. 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. 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 instead of the summary. This statement has to tell the reader what you’re all about, and what you want to achieve in your professional life.
5. Do not write your experiences right after your summary. You should put 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. In addition, this section will help recruiter to ask questions in the interview.
6. Remember to include an experience section after skills. Write short bullet statements to describe you related jobs.
7. Highlight 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 famous? Did you increase its readership?
8. Be careful; you should not make any grammatical mistakes or typos in your resume. There is nothing worse than picking up a resume with errors. If this happens, your resume will probably end up without being read.
9. If you are a new graduate, put your educational background before internships 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. That is to say, a single page is considered as the ideal. Use a plain font such as Ariel or Times New Roman with 10-12 pt size.