Is your resume polished and professional?
The chances are that your job application might not get another glace from hirers.
Having a powerful, easy to read and professional resume is not an easy task. People mostly juggle on what to include and what’s not and sometimes even end up stuffing information that looks too shabby.
As the number of job seekers is increasing and companies have many candidates to look upon, making the first impression will help you clinch your success. After all, before you, your resume is the one thing that would give the briefness of you!
So, if you want to land your dream job in the first attempt, have a look at the tips that would help you impress recruiters.
But before… Why a professional one only?
The recruiters do not like a resume that is difficult to read and have stories, paragraphs, and errors and is not related to the job. It is considered as unprofessional one and perhaps gets tossed in the bin. However, a professional one will give you the job of your dream.
Many resumes have typos, errors, grammatical mistakes, and many other small mistakes that look unprofessional, so avoid them. Use bold, headings, dashes, bullets to highlight important points.
Just make sure, whatever information you add to your resume, it should be consistent, concise and in a readable form.
Have a look at some tips that would help you create a professional resume:
Chose the template wisely:
Selecting the resume template is one of the most important things to consider. So, select it carefully, you can even seek help from professional resume writers to do the job. If your resume has so much information to show, use the chronological form or tables and chards to state things. Use a legible font that should be not too big or small (standard size is preferable).
Professional resumes should have consistency formatting. So, keep in mind that if you are using bullet points to define your educational qualifications and other things, make sure to use bullets on all other positions as well. Also, use same bullets throughout the resume.
For instance, if you are using circle bullets, use the same throughout the resume, don’t use diamond ones.
Keep it crisp:
A shot and up-to-the point information is always preferred when writing professional resumes. Do not add extra information to fluff things. Make sure that your resume should focus on highlighting your strengths and skill, not on your weaknesses. Do not include:
• Slang language
• Objective summary
• Irrelevant experiences that are not related to the job
• Personal information
• Space fillers
• Reasons for leaving your previous job
• Hobbies that is irrelevant to the job
Make it Job-Centric:
Don’t add unrelated information that is not related to your job. Instead, it should only focus on skills and points that are crisp and are perfect to help you qualify the job. Also, make sure not to add information about your previous posts that have no relation to the new one (you can tell verbally, but don’t write in resume).
Let it be Little Creative:
If you are applying for a job that demands creativity or you are already in a creative field, you should use it as a weapon on your resume to make it creative. Add videos, info-graphics, extra links and other things to make it more effective.
Note: Do this only if you are in the creative industry, else let your resume look traditional.
Make sure to proofread your resume carefully. Spelling mistakes and grammar errors will increase your resume’s chance to be in the trash. Look for:
• Spelling mistakes
• Small typos
• Punctuation mistakes
• Grammatical errors
• Usage of words
• Check abbreviations (if any)
No Job Gaps:
A professional resume doesn’t include any professional gaps in between the jobs. If there’s any, try to fix those using fillers or defining positions that are temporary. You can also add volunteer work if you had done in the past or perhaps chose any study course as per the job you are currently applying for.
If there’s nothing to put on the resume, do not add anything. Explain the interviewer in-person about the reason of you being free. You can even tell them that you were doing some freelancing or have been consulting someone for future. Make sure not to add anything wrong or fake in the resume as the companies now cross-verify the details send to recruiters.
Now, that you know the tips of impressing the recruiter through your resume spend some time and create the effective one.
Although it is difficult to add all info on paper, you can make it count using key points to show relevant information. Spend some time and frame things correctly!
Don’t forget to put it in a pdf format to send the recruiter.
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