Finding a job can seem like a daunting task. To assist you, we have prepared some fundamental tips on how to create a superb resume that wins interviews.
1.) Keep it Short
Human Resources personnel only spend about 10-20 seconds initially reviewing a resume. The shorter your resume is, the more appealing it will be. Try to keep it to one page. If you have a lot of experience, you may have to add a second page. If this happens, make sure you list the most important experiences and skills at the beginning of the resume.
2.) Check Spelling
Spell check is not completely reliable. Make sure you edit your resume. Once you have done so, proofread it at least three times. You may also ask someone else to proofread it. Sometimes another person can catch mistakes that you might have missed. Check from front to back and back to front. If you are sloppy with your presentation, your chances of getting called for an interview are slim.
3.) Use Action Verbs
When you begin your bullet points, begin them with an action verb. This brings your experiences to life. Use verbs like accomplished, achieved, delegated and developed. By using action verbs you can easily describe what you have accomplished at your last positions, and what made you a desirable employee.
4.) “Power Statement” or “Objective Statement”:
When you provide an objective on your resume, you are only telling the employer the things you want out of the job. If you start your resume with a power statement like, “Talented marketing executive with proven 12 years’ experience developing winning sales copy,” it shows where your passions lie. It shows your level of commitment toward your career. If you only provide an objective statement, you are likely to end up with something like, “Seeking challenging marketing position.”
5.) Be Specific in Your Achievements
Give examples that include facts and figures. You will want all the essential numbers on your achievements to be reflected in your resume. An example would be “Surpassed sales expectations by 30% for 5 consecutive years”. This is a good way of displaying your success to a prospective employer. Numbers give specifics. General statements are vague and may cause an employer to hesitate.
6.) Show Your Worth to the Company
The prospective employer wants to know what’s in it for them. This is what they will look for when reviewing your resume. Employers are looking for effective problem solvers. You have to represent yourself accordingly. You can display this by answering the following questions and including the answers in your resume:
- What types of problems did you solve at your previous job?
- How did your previous employer benefit from your problem-solving?
- What makes you better at your job than the next person?
- Did you create a new program or system? If so, what were the results?
- What achievements were you proud of at your last job?
- How did you make a difference at your job?
- Did you save your company money? Did you make money for your company?
- What accomplishments did the company or your supervisor recognize you for?
By following these steps you can create a superb resume. Need additional help? Reach out to Candace to learn more!