By information.com — Published September 26, 2017
Writing a resume, also known as a CV, can be intimidating. You have to make sure everything from the structure and layout to every little detail is perfect and suits your work experience, or lack thereof. After all, your resume is perhaps the most important factor that will determine if you get the job you want, or even get called for an interview. In a sense, it is a powerful tool to market yourself to companies.
Here, we offer you valuable tips to ensure that your resume does not find its way to the bin. Read on to find out how to present your resume the right way and impress potential employers.
Remember that your resume has a purpose at every job application, and that purpose is to impress. It helps show that you have the necessary requirements a job and an organization looks for. It is supposed to help you sell yourself so you get the job you want. Make sure that your resume shows that you meet every requirement to be employable – the right educational qualification, the right skill sets and experiences, professionalism, etc.
Even though there is no set limit to the number of pages your resume should be, it is never a good idea to make it long with unnecessary information. It should be compact and precise. Employers do not have time to meticulously go through each and every detail if your resume is seven pages long. It will directly be thrown in the bin and you can bid goodbye to the job.
If you are a fresher in the market or have little experience, your resume will be around one to two pages. Even if you have been working for a long time, it should not be longer than three pages. What is important is not the length, but that it contains relevant information.
It is important that your resume layout is neat and organized in an orderly manner. You resume will not do its job if you do not present it correctly, regardless of how qualified you are. Usually, it is a good idea to present relevant information in this order – contact information, opening statement/objective, list of useful skills like leadership and communication skills, technical skills, educational qualification, history of employment and lastly, references.
You don’t necessarily have to follow this order in your resume. You would do well to remember to keep information that is relevant to the job on the top. For example, if you have worked in the same field for years, keep your work experience toward the beginning of your resume.
Always remember to customize your resume as per the requirements of the job you are applying for. It is never a good idea to use the same standard resume for every job application. Usually, you won’t have to make many changes. Just make sure your opening statement or objective, list of skills, career overview and sometimes, work experience are tailored to fit the job description.
Here we will talk about what should come under each of the points to be included in the resume layout.
It is enough to mention your name, phone number and email address. There is usually no need to include your date of birth and home address, unless certain applications require that you do so.
An opening statement or objective is a summary about the kind of person you are and how you plan to contribute to the growth and development of the organization. Ideally, it should be no more than six lines and written in first person. But make sure that you do not use any personal reference like “I” and “me
This list includes your skills and strengths that will positively affect your performance should you get the job. It could include skills like leadership skills, strong communication skills, ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, etc. While writing this section, think of all that you have learnt in your years of studying and working.
This is a short and simple list of your technical skills including technology or software that you can use comfortably like Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, SPSS, etc.
It is enough to include your most recent educational qualifications. There is no need to show your scores, unless you have extremely impressive scores that can help you land the job.
The best way to go about writing your history of employment is to follow the reverse chronological order. Start with your most recent job and move backwards from there till you reach your first job. Include your designation and working period.
Remember to include the names, designation and contact numbers of two people who can vouch for you. Usually, these people are from places where you’ve worked before.
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