Let’s admit it, writing our resumes can be both daunting and tiring. We want to impress future employers, but we don’t want to sound boastful. We don’t want to give them scant information, but we don’t want to overwhelm them with our qualifications, either. Most employers who consider a lot of applicants and are pressed for time in hiring newcomers will rely first on the resume to judge who is worthy of an interview and a job title.
So here are some tips, gathered from experience and from the internet, on writing effective resumes.
1.Make sure your resume is neat and organized.
Most employers simply scan resumes for the first “round." Especially if there are many people vying for a job, employers will look at a resume and see if it should be part of the pile for reconsideration or for the “Maybes."
a.Use bold or italic to distinguish between headings, subheadings and the body.
b.Use columns for when you list your education attainments, seminars, and work experiences so that it will be easy for the employer to read through your background information. Also, arrange them in chronological order.
c. Use bullets to enumerate skills or awards.
d.Be very neat. Don’t revise a letter or a period with correction fluid, as much as possible. Some employers are finicky about neatness, especially for corporate jobs that require specific attention to detail.
2.Don’t make your resume too long or too short.
Many applicants who are still starting out make the mistake of either writing resumes that are four pages long or resumes with information worth only half a long bond paper.
a. Place yourself in the employer’s shoes. With a dozen or more applicants and other job tasks, the employer will appreciate resumes that are either only one full long bond or at most, two pages.
b. When your resume is already neatly organized, try to see if you haven’t repeated anything, or written anything unnecessary. Although hobbies and interests can help an employer know what kind of person they’re hiring, you don’t need to enumerate everything you do and like. If you’re applying for a writing position, then indicate hobbies/interests that relate to writing or literature.
3.Make sure to have an email for professional use.
4.Highlight your accomplishments, not just your job title.
Many applicants have a problem maximizing their achievements in their resumes. Although job descriptions are important, you should also consider highlighting your accomplishments (with bullets for easy scanning). What’s the difference between the two, you ask. Your accomplishments under your job title tell the employer what projects or activities you have done during your time in your former workplace.
5.Resumes should be free of grammatical mistakes and too much jargon.
Even though you will not be applying as an English teacher or writer, you have to impress hiring managers with your ability to communicate effectively. Your resume doesn’t need to have complicated words, as long as there are very minimal grammatical errors.
Also, don’t use too much jargon. You may be applying for a position as an engineer, but the hiring human resource manager might be overwhelmed with the big words and think that you’re just trying to be too impressive.
Lastly, polish your resume. Read it again, check for mistakes, and make sure that your resume picture is professional! When all is done, don’t fray your own nerves with worry. It won’t do you any good. Relax and think positive.
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