Resumes have many uses but of course the most common use is for the job application process. It is a summary of your educational record as well as past job experience.
When you want a job at a firm, you can’t just email them and ask them to give you call just because you want or need one. There’s a proper procedure for that. You prepare a resume because it sums up every detail in a very organized and presentable manner. Recruiters go through your resume along with all the other thousands and pick the best ones out.
Resumes help them screen the applicants efficiently. It is the very first thing that connects you and the firm you apply for. This very first document should look more than just fine and you definitely don’t want to mess up your vey first step of getting the job. You want it to look awesome!
Writing a resume is not rocket science but not everyone can write one that grabs attention. You need a job and you’ve no idea how to make it sound good. Below are some tips that will make things easier for you.
- You don’t want to sound desperate but you also don’t want to sound like you’re not serious either. Stay neutral and keep yourself in a firm position. That will help you stay in line.
- Will the recruiters give your resume at least 5 minutes before they decide it’s a no or yes? No! 3 minutes? Wrong again. As bitter as it sounds, recruiters will spend 15 seconds to review your resume. It isn’t good but it is what it is.
- Try to stay focused and structure your resume properly.
- Use the right font, use italics where necessary and highlight what needs extra attention.
- Bullets always work, so try to list the things you want to mention rather than writing lengthy paragraphs.
- Don’t overdo it, keep it simple. You’re applying for a job, you are not sending out a proposal.
- State your achievements and your capabilities and try to quantify them.
- How can you help the firm? What good you’re going to do them if they hire you.
- Prove that you’re confident and ready to work for them.
- Grammatical errors? Spelling errors? Poor format? Don’t be a buzzkill and proof check it again and again. When you read it over and over again, you can work on your sentence formation as well.
Keep in mind that the recruiters know better than you and that you’re not the only one who wants to work with them and are ready to hop in. You need to make sure your talk stays firm and there’s no irrelevant jabbering going on. Don’t use big words or excessive jargons. Keep it simple and complete. Remember to work on your PR because that really gives you an edge and you’ve a better chance at getting a good read. If someone from your family or close friends can provide you with some references to read, that will help you a lot. Act like a recruiter and don’t spend more than 20 25 seconds and see for yourself. This exercise will make sure your resume scores an A plus. Good Luck!