Resumes have long been a staple of the job seeker. No matter where you apply or what field youre looking for work in most employers are looking for some sort of resume to give them an idea of who you are and what you have done up to this point. Even with the high level of importance placed on the resume many people have no idea where to begin or what a good resume should look like. Here are ten tips to help you write a better resume and get the job you really want.
When people apply for positions and send PDFs the employer or recruiter has to open each email download the resume and view it. Since there are many unemployed and underemployed people job hunting there are many job applicants applying for positions and because of the time it takes to view each PDF many applicant resumes may never get seen. When job applicants send a direct link to a resume page its much quicker to view a job applicants resume. If an employer or recruiter likes the resume page they can down the resume right from the resume website site and also view the job applicants complete online profile.
Focus on achievements Employers not only want to know what you have done in the past they also want to know where you have excelled. If you have awards achievements or on the job highlights make sure to add them. If you were part of a team you were part of the success. If your project increased production by 20% and you played a part in it add it on your resume!
There used to be a day when you could create one generic resume and then blast it to a wide range of jobs you were interested in applying to. Even if you are using a resume service this practice of blasting is generally frowned upon. HR professionals are inundated with resumes and they want to see that applicants have read the ad and are responding directly to it. One-for-all type of resumes are easily spotted and are generally discounted by HR. So work with a resume service to see how you can best tailor yours for each job you are applying to.
Always include a cover letter The cover letter is your time to highlight your skills and sell yourself as well as your resume to the recruiter. Make sure to use power statements and highlight your best qualities to get their attention. Your cover letter should address all the requirements for the position and explain why youre the best person for the job.
Review the Job Posting and Description Carefully A lot of the time job-hunters will write one generic resume and send the same generic resume to every employer. This is one of the biggest mistakes facing job seekers because it produces so-so resumes that dont necessarily match the employers requirements.