We have already spoken about cover letter and its importance. Now, let’s talk about resumes and its importance. Today, cover letters hold more weight over resumes, when it comes to creating a first impression. But that does not mean that resumes don’t plan an important role after cover letters recruiters often look for a candidate’s ability in his/her resume.
A resume should be well designed, concise, and well formatted. It is important to note that a resume should not be extremely long or extremely short in both cases there are chances that the recruiter will lose interest and move to some other candidate.
The sole motive of a resume should be to get an interview call; this is possible only if the hiring manager is impressed by the candidate and his/her resume.
Let us Look at 5 Easy Steps to Make a Resume
1) Tailor Your Resume to the Job.
Tune your resume to this specific role, with substantiating detail that shows why you are a great fit for the position. One way to do this is by including all of your skills and experience that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
2) Incorporate Industry Keywords and Buzzwords into Your Resume, But Don’t Overdo it.
Use words and phrases like “accomplished,” “developed,” “managed,” and “team player” in the natural language of the document, says Lisa Rangel, managing director of ChameleonResumes.com. “If your resume makes it through the filtering system, but it is evident to the reader that you were successful because of ‘keyword stuffing,’ the reader will feel you just gamed the system and will place your resume in the ‘no’ pile.”
3) Keep Things Professional.
Don’t include negative information about previous jobs or employers. Don’t discuss your hobbies or personal qualities or politics. Simply stick to your career facts. Also, it is advised to professionally format and edit your resume for a better impression on the recruiter.
4) Don’t Overuse Fancy Fonts and Colors.
“While you don’t want to overdo it, you can use color in a conservative manner to make your resume visually differentiated from the sea of documents the recruiter will review,” Rangel says. For example, a subtle navy blue border can be very effective.
“These effects can draw the recruiters eye to the document and make it stand out against the many black and white documents they’ve received,” she says. But know that using color on your resume is more acceptable and appropriate in some industries than others.
5) Make it Longer Than One Page if it Needs to Be.
Use the appropriate amount of space for your experience. If you’ve been in the workforce for 15-plus years, do not feel forced to trim information about your achievements to keep to an arbitrary one-page resume rule. It is important to list down all the required information about your previous jobs and skills.
These are 5 simple rules or tips to follow while making a resume. We wish you good luck and hope for your success.