How to create a job winning resume?
Acing the interview is great, and necessary. As in our previous article we provided you interview tips through “Toughest Interview Questions: Answered”. In this article we would like to provide with tips for an effective resume as no interview is possible without presenting a resume.
A resume is not an end in itself; it’s a tool to get the employer’s attention. You need a well-written, up-to-date resume to market yourself effectively. An attention-getting resume is one that conveys your personal brand — the unique combination of skills, achievements and abilities that shows you are an outstanding candidate for the job. Following are a few tips for a job winning resume:
- Keep your resume short and simple. No resume should go over two pages, and one is better. If you have a long list of employment history or education, summarize it rather than listing every line item. Listing the last 10 years of employment history is adequate, especially if you’ve worked in the same field for some time.
- List your skills first. Many job applicants place their education at the top of a resume, but your skills are what a hiring manager or human resources (HR) employee is really looking for. List them at the top so they’re easy to find and so they can attract more attention than they might if they’re slipped in at the bottom or middle of the page.
- Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes, typos and other errors. Proofread your resume as many times as it takes to eliminate common errors. Tell someone else to look it over for you. Read it backwards if you find yourself overlooking mistakes. Carefully check your resume for errors, and then check it again before you submit it.
- List your educational qualification at last. Though education is important but it’s not the most significant aspect of a resume. That’s why adding it at the bottom where a prospective employer can see it is good. But placing it at the time to give it first priority isn’t necessary.
- Adding summary and objective is not that important. A summary of your resume and an objective stating what you hope to accomplish are outmoded and unnecessary. A hiring manager will know the job you’re interested in because of your cover letter. There’s no need to repeat it on the resume.
- Make sure you include a detailed job history. While you don’t need to document your employment history beyond the last 10 years or so, clearly note where you have worked, when and for how long, and what you did there. If you’ve held an excessive number of short-term jobs, you may want to add a reason for leaving, or if the position was temporary, be sure to add that information as well.
- Don’t add unnecessary information such as your age, marital status, religion, or anything else. A hiring manager or HR employee is not allowed to ask or does not belong on your resume. This might even cause assumption about your maturity level since its fairly common knowledge that such topics are illegal for a hiring manager to discuss.
- The layout and format of your resume is important, so do pay attention to the format. Use a standard font such as Arial or Times Roman and a standard size for the best readability, 10 or 12 points is idea. While you may think a format or handwriting font looks impressive, it makes it much more difficult to read, which can be annoying to someone who’s goes through 50 resumes.
- Add white space to make the resume easier to read. No one likes to pick up a document that is so covered with text they can’t tell where it ends. This is especially true of hiring managers and HR personnel. Leave enough white space on your resume to make it reader-friendly without leaving out important information or details.
- Keep it clean. Not only in the sense of language, but also keep your resume free from smudges, dirt, coffee spills and grime. You will most likely create your resume on a computer so you can easily print a new copy at a moment’s notice. Do so to ensure every copy you distribute is perfect.
Thus, use the above tips to create a resume that will give a prospective employer a positive impression of you and your skills and your chances of getting hired will increase significantly. As doing so can make the difference in your resume and can win you a job.