Your resume itself may not be all that is required to achieve a job, although a bad one will certainly erase you from that short list. Resumes are your first and only chance at a first impression when applying for a job position.
First and foremost, an attractive resume must include experience relevant to the position, the applicant’s technical skills and proper spelling and grammar. Here are some elaborated resume tips on how to keep that resume out of the rubbish bin, and in the hands of your prospective employer:
1. Create a master Resume
A master resume is basically a copy that includes everything that you have ever done. Brainstorm and list as many accomplishments and experience as you can possibly think of, whether it is a half-done bachelor’s degree or a day of work experience, don’t leave out anything. When you go to apply for a job, all you have to do is tailor the master resume to suit that particular position. Take the file, rename it ‘First and Last name – Position’ and remove all information that doesn’t relate to the position you are applying for. Not all accomplishments and experience are relevant for every job title.
2. Speak their language
Potential employers will always assess whether or not the applicant understands the industry in which they are applying for. Every industry embraces its own specialised terms and phrases. By incorporating industry appropriate language in your resume you are proving to be knowledgeable about how the industry operates. Take the time to study these terms to become aware of when they are applicable
3. Professionalize your life
Assure that all your contact details are professional. This includes social media, voicemail greetings and especially email, don’t use that Hotmail account ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ that you created back in 2002.
4. Include results
As you’re listing your relevant accomplishments, showcase what you’ve achieved by adding in results. If you’re at University, include your GPA, if you don’t do this, employers may assume you didn’t include this detail because you don’t want them to know your score.
5. Convert the file to a PDF
Always send your resume as a PDF file. By providing it as a Word document, you are risking the possibility of formatting inconsistencies when it is downloaded via another application or device.
6. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
Get at least three peers to proofread your resume. You know what it is supposed to say, hence, the eyes of someone who doesn’t is more likely to pick up on grammatical errors than you are.
7. Keep it Short
By submitting a long rambled resume you are communicating to your potential employer that you have a lack of ability to be concise. If you need more space, don’t feel obligated to include references. Save your references on a separate file and only provide it upon request. If the employer is interested, they will ask.
8. Don’t waste space on objective
Your prospective employer knows that your objective is, to obtain the position of which you are applying for. An ‘objectives’ section will just absorb valued space. The interviewer will appreciate more of an elaboration on why you are applying for this position and how you believe you will succeed as the entrant.
9. Be Consistent
Make sure you are writing in a consistent font and using the same style bullet points in every section. Don’t position floating dates at differentiating distances from the margin and align everything to either the right or left margin. This will avoid your resume from looking cluttered and makes you look detail orientated.