We will be going into greater aspect on how to write each section of your resume. First, it's a good idea to understand the all-purpose tips and strategies that can make the resume shine. Most job seekers are granted even less. On average, employers only spend about six seconds reviewing a resume before making the initial decision on a candidate. So, what’s the key to securing an interview? Having a well-written, compelling resume.
Here are seven tips for writing your ideal resume.
- Start your resume with a branding statement.
Begin with a traditional objective statement, consider using a branding statement to make the resume stand out. What is the difference? An objective statement only allows the job seeker to describe his or her talents in relation to a position. A branding statement, on the other hand, doesn’t focus on a position or industry. Instead, it allows the job seeker to sum up his or her talents and translatable skills in one definitive sentence.
- Customize your resume for the possible position.
There’s no rule that you must submit the same resume to every company. In fact, you should not. Many people want to know how to create a perfect resume, but the truth is, it no such thing as a perfect resume. Each potential employer has different importance, and there is nothing wrong in tailoring a resume to suit their individual needs. Take the extra time to highlight education, job, and volunteer experiences that match what each specific employer is looking for.
- Be conservative when it comes to format and style.
Don’t be tempted by creative fonts and formatting, it’s distracting and unprofessional. Instead, choose a regular font like Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri. Also, avoid using excessive amounts of bold, italics, and other features. This can confuse resume scanning software. If you do decide to use bold or italics in titles and headings, it must be used consistently.
- Including keywords on your resume.
Keep the job description close by when you are customizing your resume, so you are including keywords and phrases that fit the job, field, or occupation. Recruiters often scan a resume in under 15 seconds. They are looking for keywords that show you have the skills and knowledge required for the position.
- Don’t overshare.
Too many job searchers make the error of including too much information in the job history section of the resume. For example, if you have 15 years of experience working for multiple companies, performing the same duties and purposes, there is no reason to include excessive details about each role. Instead, include the most recent position, and refer to the years of experience in your industry. You can fill in the blanks during the interview.
- Prioritize your resume.
Here is the truth about recruiters, they only scan about the first half of the first page of your resume. This means that you only have roughly four inches or so of text to make a lasting
impression. You must put the experiences and skills that you want potential employers to see it in that space. If you fail to catch their attention, they will move on to the next resume.
- Be honest.
While it is okay to highlight certain things about your work history and minimalize others, it is never okay to be untruthful. Employers will check your claims. When they do, make sure there are not any unpleasant surprises, so make sure you noticed them anything that might be a big shock.