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MAKE YOUR RESUME WORK: 7 PRICELESS TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU SECURE AN INTERVIEW
Do you have what it takes to create an effective resume? No, it is not about your skills, education, and work experience. A resume is far more than just an informative piece of paper - it is your ticket to the world of thousands of opportunities, and you are the only one who can make it work.
A resume is also the first contact you have with the employer, and it is the first impression you make. Thus, if you want to make a good one, your resume has to be perfect, and if it is, you can start preparing for the interview.
However, you may not know how to make your resume impressive, but no worries, as we are here to give you the basic tips you need to follow.
- No need to include the objective. Isn't it obvious enough that you want this job because you have sent your resume? If you are switching the fields, you may want to make a brief summary and put it at the top of the resume. However, for any other occasions, you have a cover letter to express your desire and particular reasons you want to work for the company.
- Don't write too much. You may have been the best in preparing coffee in the local cafe while being the high schooler, but that clearly has nothing to do with the job you want to get now. Include more information about the past few jobs or the ones related to the career you want to pursue now and let go of the past. If all of the info does not fit one page, you might reconsider including certain things. Mention the skills and experience that relates directly to the exact job position, even if you have to write a resume for each job (which is what you need do).
- Do not include information that is of no use for the hirer. This is your age, family info (marital status, the number of kids, etc.) and nationality. Employees may have been asked to include such info before, but now the rules are more candidate-friendly, and your recruiters do not have to know such details to hire or not hire you. Your bank account or religious beliefs should not be the part of the decision-making process, and it is necessary to keep such information personal for your safety.
- Make the resume clean and to the point. The design of the resume should be good-looking but not fancy so use standard fonts and colors. Your resume will be all about the skills and experiences, so do not use pronouns and write in a neutral form. This implies that instead of saying "I managed a $1000000 project" or "John managed..." simply say "managed a $1000000 project". Everyone understands that it is about you, as your name is written on top of the resume.
- Make it simple and adaptable. Once again, do not style up the resume. Just make it look professional and suited for the job you are applying to. Different programs and software can change the way your resume looks so make sure the design is adaptable by using PDF or similar file formats. Do not forget to proofread and check the resume with a grammar/spelling checker to avoid big mistakes that might cost you a job.
- Keep it professional. How old is your email address and does it look like one the specialist in the sphere would have had? If not, it is time for changes. New job, new life, and a new email address. If you are perfectly satisfied with it, check whether it has any details from the current or the past job like the phone or standard email template with the company name. Do everything to make the potential employers sure you want this job and their company is not your backup plan.
- Follow the instructions. The job description should have some details regarding the way a company wants you to apply for the position. If you do not follow these requirements, there is a high chance your resume will never be reviewed. You may be asked to format the resume in a certain way. In some occasions, you will be asked to send a specific set of documents or provide some details in the resume or cover letter. If the employer will see that you can follow the simple rules hiring managers have set, you will be one step closer to success and will surely get noticed!