How to Write a Great Resume

October 23, 2017

You probably know that completing a good resume is sometimes nerve-racking. It is quite complicated to convey all those things you need to say about your knowledge, skills and experience in just a few pages. Besides, what you put in this paper usually makes all the difference between getting an interview and getting your resume rejected.

It is important to know what employers are looking for in that one minute they spend looking at each received resume. You may be an ideal candidate for a certain position but not get an interview just for the one reason – a bad resume. This paper is used to weed out candidates from positions. Hiring managers and employers want to know what this person can do for the company, how he/she can perform the job effectively and why they should take him/her over anyone else.

Effective tips that you can use to craft a resume

Use a Title

Create a general title for your paper. It has to be very concise and consist of just a couple of words, for example: Accounting/Finance, Sales/Marketing, Executive Leadership, etc. This way, you provide the reader with a basic idea of what you are coming from and where you would like to go, and do not block yourself from a consideration for other positions.

Indicate Actual Strengths and Avoid General Phrases

Do not use pointless such phrases as “a self-motivated professional with an excellent track record of…” You should realize that “a self-motivated professional” can be applied to most applicants. What concerns your track record, it would be better to the hiring manager decide whether it is excellent by getting information about your skills, duties and accomplishments. Make sure that your skills section is based on solid and accurate facts. If these cannot be verified through education, volunteering or business experience, you should rewrite it.

Leverage Keywords in the “Skills” Section

Write several exact bulleted sentences that describe your essential skills, which relate to the position you are applying for. Make sure this section does not simply rehash your job history, but instead describes the value of that experience. While working on this section, use such basic keywords as “marketing,” “sales,” “client relations” and “project management,” as the applicant tracking system will probably scan and sort your resume before it is delivered to a hiring manager or an employer.

Accompany Your Resume with a Brilliant Cover Letter

Many people think vice versa, but cover letters are usually read by employers. They like getting a feel for the applicant’s personality, his/her goals and motivation, as well as what differs him/her from other applicants for the position. In the cover letter, tell the employer what you know about the company and why you want to work for it. Make the employer feel as if this company were the only one getting your resume.

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