How can you write a resume to get noticed and improve your chances of landing the job you want? Read on to find out!
A well-done resume serves as an introduction for potential employers to get to know you. However, if you ignore some of its basic rules, it can be your worst enemy. Here are some essential job-hunting tips to help you land the job you’ve always wanted.
Never exceed two pages. Recruiters receive many resumes for each job posting, and they have no time to lose.
Don’t use long-winded sentences; be concise. The resume should be well-organized, accurate and easy to read.
Have someone else review it
Even if you’ve proofread your resume several times, ask someone else to read it and give you their thoughts. Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to spot a mistake!
Adapt the resume to the job
Do not send the same resume to all prospective employers. Tailor it in function of the requirements of the position you are applying for.
List only relevant information
Focus on jobs related to the position in question. At most, list the occupations you’ve held over the past 10 years.
Don’t stretch the truth
If you lie on your resume, eventually you’ll be found out, and it will negatively affect your reputation with the employer.
What to include
Your personal information (name, phone number, city, email and home address);
All education relevant to the position;
Your skills and work experience;
Your career goals;
Your significant accomplishments.
What not to include
Any information that’s irrelevant to the job application like your age, weight, marital status, membership to a political group and religion.
Title page (don’t forget: two pages or less)
Highly specific business terminology or technical jargon
Reasons for leaving your previous employment
Unrelated personal interests
Types of resumes
Not all resumes are created equally. Here are your options:
A resume focusing on your professional abilities is a good idea if you don’t have a lot of work experience related to the position you’re applying for.
- Describe the skills and know-how you acquired either in previous employment or in volunteer work.
List your previous work experience starting with the most recent.
- Enter the name of the company, the job title and, if necessary, a very brief explanation of your responsibilities.
You can incorporate the two above styles to give the employer an overview of your experience and skills.
Some online tips:
With more people leaving information about themselves online, do a quick Internet search on yourself and see what pops up.
- Make any necessary adjustments so your online reputation is impeccable. Recruiters and hiring managers are known to check social media.
- It’s recommended that you create an online portfolio or subscribe to a professional social networking site.
- There are also websites that can help you create a digital resume or even a video resume.