The first step of the job search process is to create a resume that can represent you as the ideal candidate for the job. It can seem like a very daunting task - that is why we have 4 simple steps for you to follow to help you write an outstanding resume.
It is important to customize your resume for each job you are applying for. If you submit a generic resume to every job posting you apply for, your resume will seem too broad and will not adequately address the needs of the each position you are applying for. Research the employer and the position, identify the challenges the employer is facing, and demonstrate how you can overcome these challenges in your resume.
Organize Before You Write
Employers and hiring managers often look at each resume they receive for less than 30 seconds on their initial read-through.This means you have 30 seconds to clearly communicate your fit for the position. Organizing your resume so that the most pertinent information is either summarized at the top or is easy to find. This will be a big help to the employer and can increase your chances of landing an interview.
Write to Demonstrate Skill
When tackling the 'summary' section at the top of your resume, opt to illustrate what skills you have demonstrated in the past rather than including detailed description of your duties.The 'summary’ section can also include your areas of expertise, accomplishments and how your skills can benefit the employer. Leave out personal information like your family and interests, and avoid simply listing your skills. Overall, when writing your resume, do not think of it as a biography of your career, but more of a marketing piece demonstrating the value you can provide to the company.
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
How detail-oriented you are about writing your resume can say a lot more to an employer than what’s actually written in it. Spell-checking and using proper grammar and punctuation go a long way to demonstrate your professionalism. Proofread your resume two or three times, and when you’re done, have someone else proofread it too.
If you put sincere effort into each of these 4 steps, you’re bound to stand out from the other applicants and start landing some interviews. Get ready to land a job in no time!