While we all presume we know ourselves best and can candidly express in a written medium about our skills, qualifications, and experiences (if any), we do fall short of not just the right words but also confidence when we start penning down a resume. Grabbing eyeballs and retaining the interest of the hiring manager within a few second read is not an easy task to accomplish. That’s where you are required to master the art of effective resume writing.
Embarking on a New Year, we do make resolutions for a progressive futuristic outlook in all aspect of life, and the one thing that tops this list is a great career. To achieve this gigantic career goal, we start initiating small steps, be it in terms of disciplining our life, to mastering effective time management strategies, to taking good care of our health and also perhaps rewriting our resume to include recent work experiences and change the drafting style to make it more lively.
Ultimately, we want to give our best shot to leave no stone unturned and scale new heights of success.
Be it drafting a new resume or rewriting an old one, herein we enlist some amazing resume writing tips to assist you all along in your career growth graph:
1) Keep the information simple, concise and easy to understand
The maximum time a recruiter invest in your resume is just 15 to 20 seconds, to decide if you are a perfect fit. Now it’s only those few seconds you have to express and impress both at the same time, within few words. Concise short resumes are the most read ones since the skills, experiences, and qualifications are articulately worded to communicate with impact.
Make sure your resume to encapsulate your career transition in two pages maximum. Lengthy resumes are not just get dejected by the ATS, they eventually find their way to the trash. Populating your CV with a needless amount of data can irk the recruiter to invest more than 5 minutes into understanding your candidature.
So keep your resume to the point, short and easily readable by the recruiter. Do not overdo experimenting with font styles, colors, background gradation, templates, and schemes etc. Keep it easy on the eyes and less complex to the mind.
2) Mention only relevant references and contacts
While your resume should clearly state your achievements and accomplishments, it should not sound as bragging into details. Remove dates and years, if you think it could hurt your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview.
Also, mention only relevant references and contacts that you think will add value to your CV and to the job role you choose to apply for. Limit your references to maximum three.
3) Select and Choose the Content You Want to Describe
You do not have to enlist all the experiences you have in your resume. Keep the content brief to carefully select the ones that need detailed description. If you do not have enough experience to be shortlisted for the job role, just focus on your offerings and skills relevant to the new job role you’re aspiring for. Skim through data and avoid large blocks of text that will not be read.
Bullet points are most suited to express information. Quantify your bullet points to help recruiters quickly skim through content, with facts, figures, and numbers used at the right places.
4) Action Words are Important
Action words are important to direct the recruiter when skimming through content to take some concrete steps such as to initiate an interview call, make an offer or schedule an appointment for a personal interview.
The group of words used should be able to set the right tone. If your resume contains the relevant keywords, the ATS will rank your candidature higher in the search results.
5) Reverse the Chronological Order
Your experiences should be listed in reverse chronological to make the last one stand first, the second last to follow subsequently to arrive finally in bulleted points to the one, when you got kick-started on your career journey. Highlight skills only relevant to the job role. Do mention any specific add-on skills and interests that you think will add value to the organization or job role.
6) Finally, Proofread and Check for Grammatical Mistakes
There’s always a debate between which voice to use – the active or passive one. When drafting a resume, avoid using passive voice as much as possible, use an active one instead. Since it is more direct and driven towards initiating action. Make correct use of tenses and check for grammatical mistakes, proofread your resume thoroughly before you shoot it out to recruiters.
7) Use an appropriate naming convention
After you are done drafting, name it intelligently for the recruiter to easily identify your resume from the piles crowding his Inbox. The naming convention used to brand your resume should be distinguishable, sticking to a format of “Your first name, your last name – Resume for the Job role.” Such as for example, write “John Lane – Resume for Designer”
These resume writing tips if followed diligently, should help you bag the job of your dreams, accomplish your new year resolution and get started on a roller-coaster career journey.
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