A great resume can get you a great job. Being an employer who is looking to fill a job vacancy can be a very overwhelming position to be in. While there is only one vacancy, chances are they will have ten times the amount of applicants. As an employer, they have the responsibility of sifting through a large number of candidates in order to choose the employee whose skills are best suited for the job.
When you start looking for that job, you are competing with loads of other applicants. Creating a great resume is all about knowing what the prospective employer is searching for and catering to those needs. The more organized, professional, and targeted your resume is will show what kind of an organized and professional person you are.
While the details in your resume may be important, the first focus of a prospective employer’s attention will be on the appearance of your resume, so creating an eye-catching resume is vital. Handing over an organized, neat and easy to read resume makes their decision making easier.
There are common trends that employers will look for in your resume. Below is a guide that will help you cater to the employer’s requirements:
Use the correct format:
Your first step is to decide what type of format you will be using throughout your resume. There are two kinds, the functional format, and the chronological format. If you have a variety of experiences, you may want to focus on using the chronological format.
Point out special accomplishments:
“I was a team leader and led our group to great project completions, with highly satisfactory results.” There is nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back for your accomplishments. It is best if you can quantify your results as well.
Include an objective:
It is imperative to add a career objective to your resume, customizing it to fit the job you are applying for. Employers are looking for people who really want to work for them, and are not just applying to any open position.
List all of your experience:
If you have lots of experience, make sure you state it in your resume, don’t be shy, and let your prospective employer know that you have a lot of great assets to offer. Don’t list every little position you had all the way back to your teens, but mention the ones with longevity and where you learned new, relevant skills.
Research the job:
If your resume is geared towards a specific career path, do your homework. Know what is expected of you and let your potential employer know that you are up to the task. Researching a position will let the employer know that you are not only capable of handling the position, but that you are also willing to go the extra mile.
Contact information is crucial:
There is no point in having an exceptional resume if you do not provide your contact information allowing a prospective employer to get in touch with you. Keep your contact information updated, and if it changes after you submit your resume, call the employer with the new information.
Avoid the fluff:
Make sure you maintain professionalism. Be concise and to the point. Keep the resume down to one or two pages. Prospective employers are limited on time and won’t read a novel.
Edit and re-edit:
Edit and re-edit your resume once you have finished. Complete spell checks, check your grammar and check your punctuation. Also, check on the organization of the resume. Make sure you have it the way you want it before submitting it. Save it in an editable form so you can update it and change it for each position you apply for.
The objective of any resume is to sell the value you can bring to a company or organization. It is used to let the potential employer know that you are qualified for the position available. Don’t be hasty and disorganized. Take your time and produce a well-thought-out, concise, promotional document of yourself.
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