“Resumes today succeed when the accomplishments of the job seeker are clear, concise, and quantified for the reader. Historically, resumes were written like job descriptions. Now it is essential to show how well the job seeker does their job, so the reader can evaluate their initiative, value, and results,” says Sharon McCormick, a Career Counselor and Resume Writer here at Career Treasure.
With technology keeps on rising, it is becoming more convenient to look for jobs across the internet. Nonetheless, sending more applications doesn’t mean getting more chances of being hired. According to Terry Mullins, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Evansville in Indiana, “majority of job seekers suffer more from poor job hunting skills than from lack of opportunity.” In this regard, one skill you’re possibly lacking is simply writing a resume. Whatever type of job you want to apply for, whether you’re eyeing to work full time for an IP Law firm in the Philippines or you desire to become a part of a certain Marketing Sales team in US, a resume is your key to land your dream job.
Before actually planning to ace an interview, a job seeker must first consider passing an effective resume. However, how can a job seeker ensure that his resume would be selected and piled along with other successful resumes instead of being tossed straight on the trash bin?
Here’s what you need to know:
- Employers and/ recruiters spend an average of 3.14 minutes studying an applicant’s resume and within the first minute, they have already made up their mind.
- 1 in every 5 employers will actually discard a candidate before he even finishes reading the resume.
- 10% of job seekers have applied for 50 or more jobs without hearing back.
Experts say that only an even smaller fraction than that are selected for an interview. As per surveys, 98% of job seekers are eliminated during initial resume screening and only the top 2% of candidates make it to the interview.
Ever wonder how can how can you pull off a great and effective resume to make those employers and recruiters call you? Review these brilliant resume writing tips to attract more interview offers and finally get hired!
Tip 1: Make it well – presented.
Here’s how you can keep your resume as professional as possible:
- Don’t use fancy fonts; stick to a simple typeface such as Calibri or Arial.
- Use bullet points for easy scannability.
- Make the layout is consistent from top to bottom.
- Use capital letters at the beginning of the sentences and proper nouns.
Tip 2: Include the basics.
- Personal and contact information – Make sure that your contact details are correct and up to date. If you really want to be called, you sure need to be easily contacted.
- Education and qualifications
- Work history and/or experience – Include relevant experiences and not just your job title.
Tip 3: Keep everything short yet relevant.
Always remember that the goal of your resume is to land an interview before actually landing a job. Sending in a resume would not mean getting hired right away. Do not blabber all the information ending up with a too lengthy and boring resume. Pages and pages of paper are never necessary; it may only bore the employers. Keep everything short yet relevant.
Tip 4: Alter your resume for a specific position.
One of the most common mistakes job seekers make is constructing a standard resume and passing it to all the job openings that they can find. Though time – saving, it lessens your chance of landing an interview.
Upon knowing what a particular job demands and how you can match the requirements, create a resume specifically for that position. The thing is if you’re really aiming for a specific job, a generalized resume won’t work. Recruiters will know it. A specially – crafted resume would make them think you’re really interested for that job.
Tip 5: Recheck a few times.
Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes. Survey shows that “59% of employers reject an applicant because of poor grammar or a spelling error.” Mistakes, even small, are still mistakes. Never let your potential employers think of you as too incompetent for not even bothering to proofread your own resume. To make sure your resume reads smoothly and it’s free of spelling and grammar errors, consider rechecking it for at least three times. You can also have it checked by someone else in case you missed something.
Hodge Racter is a trainer and a social worker who has spent years bouncing in and out of middle management. He is also a professor of Human Behavior who seeks to help individuals in mastering their mindset for success.