Writing your resume can be one of the hardest parts of job hunting. Writing about yourself and showing off your professional achievements can be difficult, especially if you’re not naturally a writer. If you’re struggling with your resume, follow these tips to ease the struggle and craft a resume that will lock down that job interview and help you get the job.
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- Tweak your resume for the sort of job you’re looking for. You don’t have to list every job you’ve had since you were 18. Your retail job from college probably isn’t relevant for the career you want now, so leave it off. Instead, showcase the jobs and skills that are the most relevant to the job you want.
- Keep a master list of all your jobs in a document on your computer with your complete employment history. Add some bullet points of key achievements too. As you’re changing up your resume for each application, you can easily go to your master list and just copy and paste the relevant parts you need, rather than having to type them out every time.
- Make your resume still makes sense when skim read. Hiring managers have a lot of resumes to read through. Use clear headings and bullet points to make sure a quick read can still get your key skills across clearly. Allow for recruitment software too. Some companies use software to search for keywords before a human sees your application, so make you use relevant key phrases to get through this stage.
- Keep your resume compact. If you send across a huge document, the person in charge of hiring is unlikely to read it all. Cut the fluff out, and trim your resume down to a shorter length. Aim for about a page, and definitely no more than two pages if you’re struggling to get it to a single page. If you’re struggling to slim it down, read this guide to organise your resume in a more concise way.
- If writing your resume yourself is proving to be too difficult a challenge, think about bringing in a professional. There are plenty of online services for resume writing, so you can hire an expert to write a top resume to show off your skills.
- Keep formatting simple. Choose a simple font in a size that is easy to read and leave plenty of white space on the page. This makes your resume clearer and easier to look over. Separate out different section with headers, but keep the rest consistent and classic in style.
- Be careful about adding too many extras to your resume. Some people advise adding extra details to stand out like infographics, but use these kind of things with a light hand. If you’re applying for a job with a more traditional company, leave off anything too flash. If you go for a job that requests the application in a particular format, make sure you follow their specifications and don’t get too wild trying to make your resume stand out.
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