This is a fact that to get your dream job you should have a solid and effective resume. How does one make sure that his resume is of top notch quality and bullet proof is beyond discussion. Though there are several tips around the web and the list is so long that it would be difficult for you to focus on all the points. I am writing few tips below which are the most important.
1. Show clearly the purpose of your resume
Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document is to get a job. The objective of your resume is to crack an interview, it’s so simple. Don’t show them that you are a desperate job hunter.
2. Use effective titles
Employers will usually make a judgement about your resume in 5 seconds. Under this time frame the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. The best would be to have a good cover letter which highlights the major notes in your CV.
3. Proofread it twice
It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary.
4. Use bullet points
No employer will like to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background and professional objectives.
5. Put the most important information at first place
This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.
6. Explain the benefits of your skills
Only stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances. Everyone is interested to know how you can do some value addition using your skills.
7. Don’t be negative
Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. You don’t need to include, for example, things that you hated about your last company.
8. Achievements and responsibilities
Resumes that include a long list of “Responsibilities” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing your responsibilities in the current role, it’s better to describe your professional achievements. If you have involved in a process which increased the revenue then mention the figures.
9. Do not put your photograph
Unless you are applying for a job where the physical looks are very important (e.g., modeling, acting, fashion show and so on), and unless the employer specifically requested it, you should avoid attaching your picture to the resume.
10. Don’t list all your work experiences
If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should just discard them.
11. Don’t be a liar
Don’t be a liar, even small lies should be avoided. Apart from being wrong, most HR departments do background checks these days, and if you are buster it might ruin your credibility for good.
12. Use action verbs
A very common advice to job seekers is to use action verbs. Action verbs are basically verbs that will get noticed more easily, and that will clearly communicate what your experience or achievement were. Examples include managed, coached, enforced and planned.
13. Use a good printer
If you are going to use a paper version of your resume, make sure to use a decent printer. Laser printers usually get the job done. Plain white paper is the preferred one as well.
14. No hobbies
Unless you are 100% sure that some of your hobbies will support you get a job, avoid mentioning them. You may be proud of your swimming team, but share it with your friends and not with potential employers.
15. Update your resume regularly
It is a good idea to update your resume on a regular basis. Add all the new information that you think is relevant, as well as courses, training programs and other academic qualifications that you might receive along the way. This is the best way to keep track of everything and to make sure that you will not end up sending an obsolete document to the employer.
16. Mention who you worked with
If you have reported or worked with someone that is well known in your industry, it could be a good idea to mention it on the resume. The same thing applies to presidents and CEOs. If you reported to or worked directly with highly ranked executives, add it to the resume.
17. Lists all your positions
If you have worked a long time for the same company (over 10 years) it could be a good idea to list all the different positions and roles that you had during this time separately. You probably had different responsibilities and developed different skills on each role, so the employer will like to know it.
18. No pronouns
You resume should not contain the pronouns “I” or “me.” That is how we normally structure sentences, but since your resume is a document about your person, using these pronouns is actually redundant.
19. Format it with proper fonts
Use the fonts which are very clear in reading, avoid too small size fonts. The best example is to use Times New Roman with font size 12. If you find it difficult then you can search on google using the keywords like resume format, resume sample, resume templates, resume examples, resume builder to choose one for you.
20. Don’t forget the basics
The first thing on your resume should be your name. It should be bold and with a larger font than the rest of the text. Make sure that your contact details are clearly listed. Secondly, both the name and contact details should be included on all the pages of the resume (if you have more than one).
I hope these tips will help you make a great resume, best of luck.
By: Anant Kumar Gupta
“The Author has a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology (Formerly, Madan Mohan Malaviya Engineering College), Gorakhpur. he has rich and varied experience at reputed IT organisations and a passionate Blogger by Hobby.”