Your resume is the first thing that an employer sees when they are trying to decide whether or not they want to interview you. It’s also what people will look at if you ever apply for a job again in the future. That means it needs to be well-written and professional so that everyone who reads it knows that you’re qualified for the position. Here are some tips on how to make sure your resume make a good first impression:
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Tips to write a good resume
A resume is an about the person who wrote it and if your CV isn’t readable or clear it will be time wasted. Here are six simple tips on writing a good resume that will get you noticed.
1) Match tone to job opportunity
When you start a new job opportunity, the recruiter goes through a list of applicants for this role. He starts with A and looks at each one in turn while perhaps looking over the initial application form before going into more detail. If he gets to Z without finding a suitable candidate, he’ll go back through the pile, starting from A again and deciding after reading C whether to stop there or continue on through D etc. In other words, when applying a job opening, don’t just sit down and write resumes without reading the job description or advert to find out what tone should be taken in your resume.
2) Think about keywords
Some companies use software that scans CVs for certain keywords before moving onto the next one, so if you’re applying for a particular position, make sure you match key words in your CV to those given in the job advertisement. However, don’t overdo it because adding irrelevant keywords will lead to doubt about consistency throughout your work history.
3) Use clear headings and subheadings
When writing your resume or CV choose appropriate headings that reflect your expertise, skills etc. Avoid ambiguous ones like ‘Skills’ as this means something different to everyone who reads it. If you’re not sure whether a heading is clear enough use one of the following instead: Skills, Expertise, Achievements/Achievements/Accomplishments or Experience.
4) Keep the resume as short as possible
Try keeping it down to two pages but if necessary going up to three. Four might be acceptable as a maximum for those with extensive experience. The only time you can get away with more is if you are applying for a job that requires heavy industry knowledge or research.
5) Keep it professional
When writing your resume, avoid slang words and overly formal language. Write in the third person, present tense and take care to check spelling, grammar and punctuation. Don’t try to include things like hobbies unless they directly relate to the position to which you’re applying; in fact any personal information should be kept down to what is necessary (e.g., marital status). Make sure your contact details (name, address phone number, email etc.) are easy to find at the top of each page.
6) Proofread it thoroughly
After you’ve finished writing your resume read it from the beginning to check for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and inconsistencies. Then have someone else look it over because sometimes our mind becomes so engrossed in what we’re saying that we miss things which are obvious to others. The recruiter’s decision about whether or not to call you for an interview often comes down to how well he can read your CV so make sure this document is easy on the eye.
You should always make sure that your tone matches the job opportunity and that you have used keywords in your CV. Use headings and subheadings to keep the document organized and easy to read. Try keeping your resume two pages long, but if it’s necessary for your experience, allow up to three pages. Make sure it’s professional and proofread.