Job seekers find creating your resume the most challenging task of the job searching process. Here, we have talked to numerous career experts and hiring professionals to find out four tips that will help you write a better resume and get hired.
1. Research about the company and tailor your resume accordingly:
In today’s job market, there are so many candidates who are all chasing too few openings. This implies that it is necessary that you differentiate yourself from others. One of the best ways to do this is to customize and/or tailor every resume to target clearly the specific job position you are applying to.
According to an advice given by one recruiting professional at Los Angeles, no candidate should send out a generic resume. Furthermore, all resumes should contain appropriate keywords from the online job postings and resumes. Keywords can help resumes grab the attentions of your potential employer and make them keep on reading. Hence, carefully match your resume to the job postings.
Also, research your target companies over the Internet or your network of contacts. This is because the more you know about a company, the more it will help you customize your resume according to the need of hiring managers.
2. Display your achievements:
While creating your resume, it is important that you showcase your biggest achievements first. There are chances that your employer may not finish reading if you start off slow. Hence, place top career accomplishments as well as awards needs to be placed at the top of the page to have an impact. For best possible results, at least top two to three achievements within the top third of page one and not buried on page two.
Your achievements can be added with four to five bulleted paragraphs, in the Profile or Qualifications Summary section of your resume, each one to two lines long. Bullets are necessary as they can make reading easy and allow you to quickly make your best points.
3. Long text block should be broken up:
The paragraph forms which are text heavy and hard on the eyes should be avoided. It is a much better idea to use bullet points so that you can make reading quite easier. Generally, the rule of thumb is if any of your paragraphs is longer than three lines, you should break it into shorter, bulleted sections.
Here is a “before” and “after” example to help you understand this point in a better way.
Experienced as an administrator of a 40-node local area network using the primary domain model of Windows NT, integrated with a Novell Netware server for Group Wise E-mail access. The Windows NTServer 4.0 provides DHCP-TP/IP services for the intranet, account validation, as well as management of shared resources. Access to the domain was provided by the Windows NT Workstation 4.0.
· Administered a 40-node LAN using the Windows NT primary domain that is integrated with Novell Netware server to provide Group Wise E-mail access.
· Administered Windows NT Server 4.0 providing DHCP-TCP/IP for intranet, account validation, and shared resource management) as well as Windows NT Workstation 4.0 (domain access).
4. Keep your resume within two pages:
Each resume get only about fifteen seconds in which items such as companies worked for, job titles, and timeline are picked up. Hence, they should be prominent. Furthermore, it is a good idea not to have your resume more than two pages long in order not to exceed the attention span of your reader.
Dr Jonathan Moy, BSc (Psyc), MBChB, is a careers practitioner based in Auckland, New Zealand. His specialist interest is in career development of health professionals. Visit his site at https://careers-advice.co.nz