5 Tips And Tricks For A Top Notch Resume
- By: Maktoub Magazine
- September 20, 2016
An employer typically spends six seconds looking at your resume before deciding whether it is worth their time to consider you for a job. In six seconds, they quickly analyze all of your past work experience, education, special skills—things you’ve taken a lifetime to learn. That’s why the way you format and tailor your resume is so important; it’s a single piece of paper that can decide your future in the workforce. While certain jobs may require a different format (for example, someone going into graphic design would have a more creative and colorful resume that displays their talent while someone entering a financial field would go with a more traditional format), there are a number of different tricks that can be used to make your resume appeal to any employment opportunity.
Write to the future.
Sure, your high school after-school job was great, but it’s time to rid it from the resume. If you’ve graduated college, there shouldn’t be any mentions of high school. This is a good general rule for anyone attempting to enter the workforce. A similar approach applies for seasoned workers; focus on recent employment and certifications, and limit career history to the past 10-15 years depending on your age and experience. Make sure you highlight skills you developed in other job positions that would be fitting for the current job that you are applying for—which leads us to our next point.
Tailor your resume.
No two resumes you turn in should be the same. It’s important to not just skim the job posting, but to study it. Show how you are the best fit for the job by inserting keywords that the job posting lists. Find the top three traits the listing wants for the position and attempt to integrate them into your resume. Make sure you research the company as well as the job listing. Knowing the company’s mission statement, following them on social media and researching them online for additional information on their location and additional information can be a huge bonus in an interview and will help you better tailor your resume.
Format it to be skimmed.
If the average employer only looks at your resume for six seconds, you need to be able to make the important information pop even if you don’t have a fancy design or bright colors. Bolding, underlining, or italicizing important information is a great way to draw subtle attention to the most important parts of your resume. Using bullet points is always a good idea, as it adds clarification and organization to your resume while giving the reader an easy way to see where information is separated.
Switch your objective statement.
In 2016, the “objective statement” section of your resume is all but obsolete; your employer doesn’t care what you’re looking for, they want the best person for their job filling. Instead, create a summary at the top of your resume that states your job experience, years in the work force and top achievements instead. Have it highlight your maximum value. This makes the first thing they see a list of positive things you’ve already done in your career, not why you need this job
Choose proper terminology.
In an age where sometimes computers will scan your resume before a set of human eyes see it, your words mean more than ever. An easy way to achieve that is to focus on the words used in the job posting. Use strong verbs and creative adjectives to make your resume stand out from others, and use terminology from the field you are applying to so the reviewer of your resume knows you’re familiar with the area.