Think about this for a minute. If you’re an employer at an organization and you’re given a pile of resumes to sift through and select the best and most qualified for a particular job position, what would you look out for?
Research shows that the average employer or hiring manager spends only 6 seconds in reviewing a resume whether its best for a particular job position or not. So that’s all you got, 6 seconds! To blow the mind of your prospective employer and make him/her believe in your abilities to be competent if employed.
How do you craft a KILLER Resume that’s irresistible to your employer? Truth be told, writing a resume might seem tasking at first but its always insurmountable anyways. At the end of this post, you would have no problem in writing your own resume.
Now let’s get down to details.
What exactly is a resume?
A resume (commonly mistaken for CV) is an advertisement; a tool used for marketing yourself to prospective employers. Having a resume nowadays isn’t enough to land you that dream job. Even if you have loads of skills and experiences, if your resume is poorly written, you chance of landing that job or even an interview is little above zero. Having a killer, attention-grabbing resume is the real deal here. You just have to stand out from the crowd.
Purpose of a resume?
The main purpose of your resume is to market your personality and skill set. Its job is to tell your prospective employer that you have the required qualifications, skills and experiences for any particular job.
Length of a resume.
There is no standard word count for the length of a resume. Make sure you leave out unnecessary information from your resume. A page or two is great!
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What do you include in your resume?
Here is the order of information to include when writing a resume.
- BASIC CONTACT INFORMATION
Just like the name implies, this section contains your necessary contact details. You don’t go adding every little detail about yourself in this section. Make sure you keep it brief as possible! This section should contain the following:
Name: Should have the largest font size on the page. Written in the top-middle portion of the page
Home/Office Address: Should be written with smaller font directly under the name
Email Address: You can write this on the left-hand side immediately after your home/office address. Lest I forget, make sure you use a professional email address that contains your name for your resume. Don’t use an unprofessional email address like [email protected] while writing your resume. It’s a turn off and does not bespeak professionalism and seriousness. If your current email address is not professional enough, consider opening a new one for official purposes.
Phone Number: You should also include your phone number for easy communication.
- CAREER OBJECTIVE:
Here, your goal is to tell your recruiter who you are and what you’re looking for. Try as much as possible not to sound generic but rather specific. An effective career objective should be tailored specifically for every application. It shouldn’t be more than 3 sentences and should succinctly state a summary of your personality, skills, experiences and what you’re bringing to the job.
- Professional Experiences (Work, Leadership, Volunteer): This is the most important part and core of your resume. Here, you provide details about your work history and experiences. Experiences here could either be Work, Leadership, Volunteer or personal attributes. Make sure you list only the experiences that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Just in-case you’re confused on how to present them, here is an order to follow:
-Company’s (or Organization) Name: You write the name of the company where you had that experience in bold
-Company Location: State the physical address of the company. You can write the city and state alone.
-Date of employment: Date you started working till the date you left. If you still work there, put present instead of the end date.
-Job title: Your position at that company or organization
-Job duties: What did you do at the company? Write it here. You can use bullet point to highlight about two or three of your most important duties and achievements while working at the company. Remember to write in past tense when it’s a past experience and present tense if you still work there.
- Educational Details: Your highest educational attainment should be provided here. Here is a format you can follow:
-Name of your institution
-Location of Institution
-Date of graduation (if you’re yet to graduate, write expected year of graduation instead)
- Certification & Achievements:
This section is also important in your resume and depends largely on the industry you’re applying to. You should include only the certifications that relates directly or indirectly to the job specifics. Achievements like scholarships, grants, academic honours, and awards should be included here too. This makes you stand out from your numerous competitors giving you an edge over them.
Some industry requires some special hands-on skill for job application. For instance, an Electrical Engineering Firm would always prefer someone that is skilled in Computer Programming over someone who just have basic tutelage on Electricity. So, you get? Having a skill set would serve as a boost to your resume and increases your chances of being recruited.
Here, you list at least two people who can attest and positively to all the details you’ve provided and recommend you for employment. They should be people whom you’ve worked with in some of the work experiences you provided. You’ll have to provide their name, work title and contact details. About testimonials, you get someone to testify about your work behaviour and personality. It could either be your previous work colleague, a classmate or lecturer.
Tailoring your resume.
Like I said earlier, your resume when applying for any job should always respond to the specific requirements and needs of that job. Which means you’ll have to edit your resume for every job application. Starting from the career objective to your skills, leave only the information that’s most useful to the job criteria.
Choosing the right font and font size.
The kind of font used in writing your resume is also important to determine how appealing your resume would be. Professional fonts like Calibri, Sans and Arial have been known to be attractive and legible enough for your prospective employer to have an easy read when reviewing your resume. Make sure you bolden the main headings, write the sub headings normally and your . you also be consistent when applying these styles to you resume. For instance, if you’re using bullet points and italics style to highlight you job duties, be sure to use it throughout the resume.
What not to include in your resume?
Private information (if not asked) like date of birth, age and photograph should not be included in your resume. Your employer is not interested in knowing your hobbies, extracurricular activities or best food. Keep your resume succinct, simple and straight to the point.
The importance of your resume in getting that job you’ve always wanted cannot be overemphasized. A well-written resume will always impress your prospective employers and gives you more chance of getting recruited so make sure you follow this guide carefully, write a job-winning resume, secure the interview and land your desired job.
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