Applying for jobs and not getting the expected response? Follow these simple tips to write an effective resume, which will definitely win you an interview call:
Remember the Basics
Write your name, contact, and email address right at the top before you start writing anything else. Write it down in a bold and larger font than the rest of the information. You don’t want an employer having to search for your number.
Make It Interesting
Don’t make the resume a parchment to land you a job. Most people make this mistake which makes their resume lengthy and boring. Keep your objective of writing the resume to land an interview, which will in turn land you the job. Make it as interesting and engaging as you can. Remember that you are selling your skills and marketing yourself on how you fit perfectly for the job.
List your Achievements
People like to see results. Don’t just list down your qualities. Instead, back them with relevant real life achievements. This will validate your claim of the strengths and qualities you say you possess.
Figure out the keywords related to the job you are applying for. Most companies maintain a database to search resumes from. If your resume won’t have those keywords, you are missing out on interview opportunities. Find out the keywords and include them in your resume. You can get a hint of what employers are looking for by thoroughly reading their job adds.
Be Clear and Specific
Use attention grabbing titles. Employers usually take 5-25 seconds to pass a judgment on any resume. So try to attract their attention within this time frame. Use bullet points to explain, no employer has the time to read long paragraphs. Convey your objectives, educational background, and experiences in short clear sentences.
Don’t Make a Standard Resume
Don’t make the mistake of making a standard resume and sending it out to all employers and in job openings. Edit and tailor it for the specific job or industry you are sending it out to.
Update Your Resume Regularly
Update your resume after every accomplishment, experience, training program, and academic qualification that you receive along the way. This will ensure that you do not end up sending an obsolete resume to any employer.
Make it Unique
Avoid using any templates which are available on hundreds of sites on the internet. Put in your own effort to create your resume. You don’t want to look similar to many others who may have used the same template. Make it stand apart from the stack.
Keep it Simple and Short
Only list the most relating experiences and qualities that apply to the job. Avoid making your resume too long. It should not be more than 1 or 2 pages mentioning the most relevant and related skills.
Don’t Overdo It
Just write down what you can back up with claim. Don’t exaggerate, and avoid writing material that is not relevant to the job. If you are a fresh graduate, list your internship experience specifying skills you learned and how they apply. If you do not have internship experience, list down courses and skills you acquired and possess during your study period. Skills such as communication, leadership and teamwork count a lot. Don’t just list them but briefly specify a situation where they applied.
Review and Proof-read
Always re-read your resume and read it again before sending it out. If possible, get feedback from friends and family members to improve it. There might be some typos or information that you may have missed. Format it properly, and remember that any errors or typos can cost you the opportunity.