Imagine if you were an employer and you had serious business to attend to and a pile of resumes from job aspirants to rummage through. How would you go about it? You guessed right! You will probably skim the resumes paying attention to only vitals and other keywords that catch the eye. Anything else would be useless. Employers are busy people and do rarely ever have the time to read every job candidates resume. So if you are a potential candidate for any job opening, you’ll have to do better than your other job rivals. Here are 7 things you should do when writing that killer resume.
(1) Target Keywords
Many companies get dozens of resumes daily and in order to save time they run all the resumes they receive through a keyword identifying system. So if a resume doesn’t contain those keywords, it will take its place in the trash. Take time to review the job offer and locate the keywords. Once you’ve done this, you can predict the required skills and experience relevant to the job and tailor your resume accordingly.
(2) Lead With a Summary
Seize the attention of the hiring managers reading your resume with a short professional summary that will contain your work experience, history, achievements and area of expertise.
(3) List Your Skill-sets, Former Employers and Clients
List previous clients (if you have had any) and skill sets in the beginning of your resume so that recruiters and hiring managers can easily find the information they are looking for without wasting their time. Always bear in mind they might have other more important things to do other than reading your resume
(4) Give Specific Details
It is details and specific examples that make you stand out. Did you save your employer a significant amount of money? Put those details in by giving figures and percentages. Give other specific examples of problems you solved that are relevant to the job and the employer you are applying for. Put your name, email address, phone number and LinkedIn profile at the very top of your resume. You can also add your blog URL if you have one and your twitter feeds.
(5) Don’t Lie
You are allowed to embellish your resume but don’t add untrue details in your resume to mislead the hiring manager. If you do, one day someone might find out and you’ll lose your job. Give an honest account of your previous involvements.
(6) Guide Your Reader
It is unlikely those reading your resume will read it from top to bottom. They may just scan it for key points. Guide your readers by highlighting your achievements using bold, cursive letters.
(7) Use Multiple Resumes
Don’t send the same resume to every job offer. Instead customize or tailor your resumes to fit to respective job offers or positions.