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.
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.
Tailor the resume to the job description Make sure that every time you apply for a job that you adjust your resume to the particular place you are applying. Read through the job description and make notes of any areas being focused on. Make sure to add information to your resume that highlights your abilities in those areas and makes you more attractive for the particular position you are applying for.
Traditional resumes are normally one or two page documents and personal resume websites provide a much more in depth look into a job applicants qualifications personality and provide a much needed online presence.The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. Most employers will decide in under a minute whether or not to consider someone for a position based on this short document. Because traditional resumes are limited resumes from people with similar qualifications and experience will look the same even though theyre from different people.
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!
Add in a list of skills Your resume is no place for modesty. Highlight your skills especially if they are specific to the job youre applying for and list where you gained experience with that skill set. Instead of being general give concrete details and highlights. For example list your experience with Microsoft Office or even a particular piece of software over computer skills. Make sure to include plenty of competency statements.