Most recruiters or agencies have only about 15-20 seconds for each resume, and it is important for any job seeker to capture their attention with these few seconds to ensure an in-depth reading of your resume. To write a winning resume, ensure that is has the following:
1. Matched to the Job Description
Customise your resume for each job you apply for, ensuring that it covers all the important points from the job description and is using keywords that are similar to those used in the job description. There are many organisations that use a computerised scrutinisation process, hence it is important to use the same keywords so that the computer catches your resume.
2. List your achievements
Though it is important to list your key responsibilities, you should also list your achievements that make you a stand out with your competition. Show your contribution to an organisation; did you save money or time, exceed targets, solve problems, improve processes, or attract new customers? Wherever, possible, quantify your achievements.
3. Enthusiastic, professional tone
The tone of your resume should be enthusiastic yet professional. Present your most relevant and strongest achievements, with use of action words like ‘completed’, ‘developed’, ‘managed’, ‘crossed’ and positive words like ‘first’, ‘best’, ‘highest’, etc. Though you should always be honest with your achievements, there is nothing wrong in sugar-coating them with high-impact words.
4. Follow a correct structure
Start your resume with your contact details, centred at the top. Follow this with a Professional Summary in not more than 2-3 lines; Personal Attributes, and the Key Proficiencies. Then list down all your Organisational Experiences (Job Title, Organisation, Employment Period, Responsibilities and Achievements) in the reverse order followed by your educational details, including any evening courses, on-job trainings and other part-time courses. Include links to all your professional online links like LinkedIn Profile or a link to your blog (if applicable) and end the resume with either a list of reference or a line that says that references will be available upon request.
If you are new to the workforce and have very little professional experience, summary should be replaced by a career objective, followed by educational details, professional experience, computer skills, online presence and references.
5. Appropriate format
Format your resume with lots of white space and list everything using bullet points with plain and readable fonts and double or 1.5 line spacing. Your resume should not be more than 3-4 pages, with very clear concise information and active voice. Always get your resume proofread by a professional.
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