A resume is a very important document because it tells a prospective employer what you’ve done in the past, and what you can do for them in the 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 that 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 it.
The following ten resume writing tips will help you build an effective resume.
Please remember that 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.
Top 10 Professional Resume Writing Tips to Land a Job
1. Your resume must be fully customized and focused as per the needs of the employer. That is because prospective employers usually spend about 5-15 seconds to scrutinize your resume to look for relevant information.
2. Write your name at the top of the page in large font and give your current contact details. Right after that, write an accurate position title.
3. The beginning of your resume should be extremely strong. Don’t start abruptly by mentioning your experiences right away. Instead, start your resume with a summary or profile statement in order to grab the prospective employer’s interest. 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 tells the reader what you’re all about and what you want to achieve in your professional life.
5. Do not write your experiences after the summary or objective statement. You should put a ‘Professional Skills’ or ‘Core Competencies’ section after your summary or objective statement. Include 5-10 of your relevant skills using bullet points. These skills will help your resume shortlisted through ATS. Also, this section will assist the recruiter to ask questions in the interview.
6. Include the experience section after skills. Write short bullet points to describe your relevant jobs in a reverse chronological order. Highlight your successes and achievements here. 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?
7. Be careful; you should not make any grammatical mistakes or typos in your resume. There is nothing worse than picking up a resume filled with errors. If this happens, your resume will probably end up without being read.
8. If you are a new graduate, mention your educational background before internships or experience on your resume. When you’ve been working for more than a few years, put your work experience first. You need to write what you’ve been focusing on first.
9. Don’t make it too long or too short. That said; a 1-2 page resume is considered as ideal.
10. Keep your resume simple and to-the-point. Use a plain font such as Ariel or Times New Roman with 10-12 pt size.