Writing a résumé is by no means an experience of magic. If you spend enough time crafting a professional résumé, and put a considerable amount of effort into it, your résumé will help you in securing a qualified position in your field.
Below are some of the tips you should follow when writing a résumé:
- Don’t make it long as can be. A résumé is simple a way to secure an interview with an interested employer. There’s no need to list your whole life story. Limit it to one page.
- Put enough details in your résumé to help your employer understand your previous experience. Do not use short sentences, like ‘Reported Daily’. Instead, expand on each description to fully explain your previous roles. For example, ‘Tracked daily reporting to make sure all management data was precise and KPI’s were completed.
- Don’t list every single job you’ve had. Only list the ones that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
- Limit extracurricular info and hobbies, while keeping in mind a résumé is the first way to display yourself to a prospective employer. So, if you have a passion for something like the outdoors, and your employer could make use of those potential skills, include them in your résumé. Relevant hobbies, if they add depth to your character, are great to include.
- Don’t use clichés in your résumé. Be original as possible.
- Make sure your résumé is easy to understand. Don’t use jargon and abbreviations that are specific to a specific business or industry.
- Create a unique résumé for each job you apply for. This is best done by editing both your personal statement and the different responsibilities you’ve had in the past, in relation to the job you’re applying for.
- Use the correct format. Everything should be consistent, including font and contact details.
- Keep your audience in mind when writing the résumé. Employers will flip through hundreds of résumés when looking for candidates to interview. Make sure your résumé is interesting, clear, precise, and most importantly, representative of you as an individual.
- Highlight as many accomplishments as possible in past experiences. A résumé is an excellent way to brag about yourself in order to boost your initial reputation.
- Include all relevant education, technical training and certain qualifications. Begin with the highest level, such as an MBA, and work backwards. If you have qualifications that relate to the role you’re applying for, highlight them early in your résumé.
Never lie when putting your résumé together. A résumé may not be enough to secure you the job of your life, but if you mess up when putting it together, it’ll likely eliminate any possibility of an interview. The biggest blunder to avoid while constructing a résumé is lying about your past experiences.
Adding some white lies to help exaggerate the truth may seem harmless, but it could come back to bite you down the road. Remember, if you do end up securing this position, you’ll likely have nay-sayers who are looking for a way to bring you down. If certain people find out you lied on your résumé, you’ll be out the door before you know what happened.
Post by Kate Pirs. Marketing manager in a team, who developed mSpy – mobile phone spy and spyware for cell phones app, which helps tracking children smartphone activity and finding stolen or lost phones.
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