You’ve decided to look for a job. Step #1 – Write a resume. Step #2 – Land an interview. But, how can you guarantee your resume will lead to an interview?
Follow these five tips to create a resume that gets results.
- Make Every Resume Different
Writing one resume and sending out hundreds of copies may seem quick and easy, but this strategy seldom works. Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) to prescreen paperwork. This means a computer probably will view your application before a person does, and computers are scanning for resumes that match the job description as closely as possible. Your one-size-fits-all application is unlikely to make it out of the database. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to create a completely new resume for every application. Instead, start with a basic outline. Then, for each position, read the job description carefully, circle keywords and key phrases and customize your document using this specific information.
- Stay on Point
According to numerous studies, hiring managers spend an average of six seconds looking at an individual resume. That’s right – six seconds! In other words, you don’t have much time to capture a potential employer’s attention, so get right to the point. Highlight the exact skills and traits that show you are a good fit for the position. Don’t make your resume unnecessarily long by filling it with exciting, but irrelevant experiences. Know what to include and what to leave out.
- Tell a Story
Generic statements such as “Strong leadership skills” are neither interesting nor convincing. Instead, tell a story about why you are a good leader with details, facts, statistics and numbers. For example, “Chaired a 10-person committee that improved annual customer satisfaction ratings by 65%,” clearly demonstrates your experience, your capabilities and your ability to succeed.
- Format Wisely
Useless you are applying for a graphic design position, keep your formatting clean and simple. Stick to standard layouts and standard fonts. Avoid pictures, logos, and other graphics as Applicant Tracking Systems may have trouble scanning non-text elements. Most importantly, design a resume that is easy to read at a glance by utilizing short statements, headings, bullets and white space.
- Sweat the Small Stuff
When a recruiter sorts through hundreds of resumes, trivial things matter. Although this may seem unfair, a simple mistake can send your resume directly to the NO pile. Therefore, check and double-check your work. Look for typos, spelling and grammar errors, lack of consistency in verb tense and broken hyperlinks. Also, include your correct contact information along with a professional and up-to-date email address. (A hiring manager probably won’t contact CoolGuy5@aol.com for an interview.) Finally, ask friends or family to proofread for you. They may catch something you missed or even provide you with a great suggestion.
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