Many job seekers wonder how to get the best resume results. When you are getting ready to start your employment search, you need a good resume to send to prospective employers. A good resume can open the door to that first and second interview, and to the position you want. There are different ways to write your resume. Some methods work better than others, so follow these rules to guarantee better results.
Before you start your resume, make a list of what you think should be in it. Put all of these items into categories like attributes, education, experience, achievements, and awards or acknowledgments.
The Presentation of Your Resume
How your resume looks, how it is organized, and how easy it is to read are important factors. Don’t use too many italics or colors as these could draw the eyes away from important details; however, it is a great idea to use these options sparingly to draw attention to important details. Use headers in bold, use a traditional font, and use bullet points instead of long drawn out paragraphs. Try to keep the resume down to no more than two pages. A one page resume that is easy to read is the best option. That is sometimes hard to do, though, if you have a long history of employment and accomplishments.
It Should Apply to the Job
Don’t make a generic resume. Use a template that you can change to adhere to whatever position you are applying for. By doing this you can move items around, add to or subtract from subjects to bring the skills and attributes that apply toward the specific position to the attention of the employer.
Pay Attention to Details
When listing your skills, experience and education, be detailed. Include awards, certificates, and acknowledgements from previous employers. Include specific details on how your skills, education and experience were an advantage to your prior position. You can also include other areas of your life where you were able to use this acquired knowledge to help, such as community activities or organizations, volunteer programs and church activities. This shows a constant use of your abilities.
Keep everything precise and detailed, but not long winded. You want the resume to be easily read and yet still have all of your achievements, work experience, education and skills listed.
Get Other’s Opinions
When you have the resume all put together, get someone you know, preferably in the professional field to read it over and make any suggestions on changes that might need to be made. Professionals who have done hiring before, or hiring coaches make the best choice for an unbiased opinion of your resume.
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