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.
Use proper formatting Make sure to avoid excessive white space and to use the space on the page. Avoid using more than one page if possible definitely no more than two. Highlight key points with bullet lists and make sure your paragraphs are clear and concise. Resumes are not the time to be wordy. Be straight to the point.
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.
No contact address is available. If the service does not have a physical location they may not be a suitable option for you. The chances are they are more into mass production of average documents. Numerous resume mills employ non-skilled individuals overseas to create these documents. They get hold of your current resume embellish it with the information available from the questionnaire and place it in a standard format.
A clean clear and attractive template for a resume is appealing showcases the important sections of the resume in a proper way and catches the attention of the readers in a way that they will read all that you have in it rather than reading just a few lines. The more time you gain from a recruiters attention the more are your chances of getting an interview call.
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.