Tips for Writing a Better Resume

“The first impression is the last impression.” Very well said. A resume gives the first impression of the applicant. A resume is the primary marketing document that sells the product, the skills and the experience of the job seeker. A reader spends 35 to 45 seconds on an effective resume but if your resume is really impressive the time span can extend to one minute and further. Your success of the job search revolves around the effectiveness of the first step, your resume.

Here are some tips that can help you sell your resume to the reader:

1. The right format –
You should select the best organisational format for your resume. It is not necessary to have a chronological i.e. reverse time order format. If you are making a career change or having broader related sill sets then you can have a combination of format. The combination should be evenly balanced between the skills, your achievements and employment history.

2. Personal pronouns must be avoided –
One should not use “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”, “mine” words in resume. Resumes should be written in first person (silent), past tense. For example: instead of, “I supervised a team of five members, use “supervised a team of five members”. Fragment sentences are completely acceptable in the resume as long as they are conveying the message.

3. Should be an error free resume –
When we work on a resume we see only what we think. We can’t see the mistakes on the document page. It should be completely error free and grammatically correct. Do not rely on the spell check. Find a friend with strong grammar to check your work.

4. To the point –
An employer needs to know your work history and the experience but it does not mean that he wants to know everything. The fact that you were the leader of your scout troop is not required here. One should include only those details in the resume that are relevant to the job and have a positive impact on the reader to win the interview.

5. Keep the resume positive –
An employer always wants people with positive attitude, enthusiasm and people who can contribute. Reasons for leaving a job, setbacks, failed initiatives, etc. do not have a place in resume. Concentrate on successfully performed jobs in the past not on the distracting information.

6. Importance Give to accomplishments rather than duties –
if you want to stand out of the crowd you must think about your accomplishments. What is the best in you or what makes you more suitable for the job position or what won honours for you? Such information will be able to grab the attention of the reader.

7. Be prepared –
Most of the times the first job interviews are conducted over phone. So you should be prepared for the telephone call. Make sure you have a resume that can make the phone ring. It is true that resumes don’t get the jobs, people get but resumes help get the job interview.

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