Let’s admit, to get to an interview, you will require a good resume (some call it CV or Curriculum Vitae). Or at least, before you get to the interview, you must impress your potential employer. So how do you write a successful resume that will get their attention?
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Do not include personal interests or achievements in your resume, unless they are related to the job. For example, if you are a qualified fitness coach, the hiring manager may be interested because he wants a regional sales person to sell fitness franchises. Take out anything that does not help you get the job. Don’t put your personal best tennis score or swimming record on your resume; it’s a useless piece of information to the interviewer.
Catch punctuation, grammatical and spelling errors in your resume by running a spell check program. Almost all word processing software like Microsoft Word or Word Perfect includes a spell check tool that will stop at each word that is misspells or grammatical error. Also, don’t worry about those incomplete sentences in resumes that the spell check tool has highlighted. Incomplete sentences will help you save space and highlight skills and jobs in bullet form.
Memorize your resume. Always be prepared to answer questions about your skills, previous jobs experience or education level during the interview so that you can explain your resume and preferences. These questions usually relate to where you would like to work, what kinds of jobs you like the best, how your experience and skills can help the company, and why you are interested to work this company.
To make the job of resume review easier, many hirer scan resumes into a database to capture important keywords that relates to their industry. If your resume doesn’t contain these keywords, your resume may not be selected. Keywords are nouns or short phrases in your job experience and/or educational sections, and define key important skills and specific knowledge that the company wants. You may want to use highlighting on your resume to sparingly call attention to the most important keywords that you want the hirer to look at. However, do not use all CAPITAL letters; it can sound RUDE to the hirer.
Remember to use action verbs to describe your experience and accomplishments. Also, as mentioned, you do not have to write complete sentences in a resume. You can even list accomplishments in specific terms and you can also use abbreviations where needed, e.g. “closed $3.6 million in revenue in FY04”.
In conclusion, remember that resume writing is an important step to getting the job that you want. Understand what the hirer is looking for in a resume and you have won half the battle.
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