Your resume is the best way of showcasing your skills and experience to potential employers. When writing it we sometimes tend to overthink what employers want and end up creating a resume that isn’t focused but rather tries to do too many things at the same time. Here are 5 tips to writing a better resume.
1. Simple Format
As the saying goes: Keep It Simple. Don’t spend your time being fancy or combing the internet for a great resume template design. Focus on a clean, simple format that lays out the essentials: Contact Info, Professional summary, Highlighted Skills, Education, and Work Experience.
2. Action Words
When writing your resume keep action words in mind. There are great resources on the net providing you with lists of strong action words in your profession to give your resume added pop. Action words like: Succeeded, Spearheaded, Managed are a few words that hiring managers need to see–these words give your resume some vigor and bring it to life.
3. Be a Story-Teller
Think about a good novel or article that you have recently read. What made it memorable? More than likely it was strong characters that fueled a decent story. Now think of yourself as a lead character in a story–place that engine into the resume! What have you accomplished at work? Have you saved the day? Have you been the driving force of a team or a company? People want to read stories that have heroes and successes!
4. Don’t Overload
It is natural to try and fit as much information about our skills and experience as possible. We don’t want to leave anything behind of course but if we don’t our resume can become long, overwhelming and boring. Refine your resume by leading it down to essential information only.
5. Keep the Reader in Mind
Your resume will typically go through a ATS (Automated Tracking System) first and if you’re lucky passed through to a hiring manager. You need to keep in mind keywords for the ATS. When it comes to human eyes you must keep a few things in mind: readability, clarity of message, and no grammar or spelling errors. You need to keep your reader in mind! Imagine if someone passed along a mediocre resume your way? How would you feel reading it?–a waste of time.
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