“The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be.” -Oprah Winfrey
Yes! You read up on a job description, and it catches your eye! Now, the application process begins. The first step to selling yourself is your resume, and it needs to make a statement. It needs to highlight the quality of your related work experience, credentials, and other capabilities. Here are eight things to remember when painting this professional portrait of yourself.
1. Take your time! If you have not yet drafted a resume, it is suggested that you start doing so as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than the pressure of waiting to the last minute and scrambling to put it together. Your resume should be an ongoing project that you revisit from time to time to ensure that it is up-to-date and well-written.
2. Vary verbs and include buzzwords. Eliminate wordiness and use a wealthy variety of keywords that are relevant to the job position you are applying for. This is essential to building a strong resume. Occasionally, it is easy to use words repeatedly. Use a thesaurus to diversify words, and when beginning each bullet point, remember to utilize a variety of verbs to increase the interest factor. Remember, your goal is to captivate others’ attention.
3. Honesty is the best policy! Of course, your resume needs to be professionally appealing. However, do not try to be someone that you are not. The last thing you want to do is include information that may be untrue or fluffed. How embarrassing would it be to not be able to elaborate on bullet points or answer the interviewing questions because you are ultimately caught in a lie? Keep it real!
4. Do not over elaborate. Do not oversimplify either. Keep the interest factor elevated by keeping your resume to the point. Of course, include the most important points, but allow for the recruiter to want to know more. Their interview questions will allow for you to really sell yourself in person.
5. Length of your resume is all about preference. Occasionally, recruiters prefer all of your writing to be on one page. However, if you have a great deal of related and additional experience that may help you land a position, include it, and make your resume extend onto a second page. It does not hurt to keep a copy of a simplified version of your resume that lists all of your experience and credentials on one page handy for if you feel as if this is more appropriate.
6. Your resume needs to be appealing to the eye. Of course, your font type should be a standard type that looks professional. In terms of size, it can be smaller but not eye-straining. Space out your sections on your resume and allow for some spacing between your bullet points. A cluttered resume may quickly get the boot.
7. Don’t be repetitive. Occasionally, if you have had multiple positions that are related, your work experience may be similar. If bullet points can repeat, list them in the most current job experience. You still need to include some information to briefly explain less current employment or experience, therefore, include points that stand out and differentiate between the two related experiences.
8. Proofread – Meticulously read through your resume, or have someone reputable review it for you. Ensure that this document is rid of grammatical errors, misspellings, and sounds professional. Slight mistakes may turn off a recruiter instantly.
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