Professionals who are tasked to re-work or re-edit their resumes could be in a bind, especially if they don’t have the capacity to hire a professional to do it for them.
Your resume should reflect your career and competence, especially if you are applying for a senior role or a management position. Here are some things that your resume needs to show in order for your application to stand out among the competition.
Understanding the job description is a crucial key in determining whether you are fit for the job or not.
Highlight your education, previous jobs and noteworthy achievements like getting a promotion or being able to start a project. If you encountered a crisis at work and was able to manage it properly, that also deserves a space in your resume.
Attach metrics and numbers if needed such as surpassing KPIs or sales targets. In short, market yourself to recruiters well enough for them to take a chance on you.
Incorporating all your years of experience in a piece of paper, or two, is definitely hard work but if you strategize enough it can be done. Select all relevant experience and skills for a particular job opening and start sifting from there. A resume, no matter how brief, if it’s beefed up with all the things an employer wants to see will surely be placed in the considered pile.
One trick is to lead with a professional summary to let recruiters know upfront that you are interested in the role. Place this after your details so recruiters are sure not to miss this while glancing on your application. Recruiters themselves say that the usage of active language voice and strong verbs conveys the applicant’s intent of pursuing the role.
Study the position that you are applying for as well and ask yourself questions like “does the role require me to send in samples of my work? or do I need to include links of my products?”
Your resume should also be correct in a sense that it should be free of typos and grammatical error. Never submit a resume if you haven’t proofread it twice or even thrice. Having other people proofread it eliminates chances of having errors, too. Research reveals that 58% of hiring managers would automatically reject a candidate whose resume contains a typo error.
To summarize, your resume should be clear, honest, readable and straight to the point. Use professional font styles and readable font sizes in text and make sure to update all emails and contact numbers that you include in the document. Differentiate content from header and subheadings as well. Always remember to aim for clarity not clutter.
Finally, if you’re not confident in curating your own CV, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us as we’re more than willing to give you a free resume evaluation. Good luck!