Answer: Here are some tips to write an effective resume to land your next job:
1. Be clean and concise in your formatting
Make sure that your name is bolded and in a large font size at the very top of your resume. This helps hiring managers to notice your resume among others.
Use a readable font that is consistent throughout your resume. A professional font like Times New Roman, Calibri, Georgia or Helvetica would work well.
Choose an appropriate font size to ensure that your content can be read. Font size 12 is pretty ideal.
Make sure that there are enough margins space so that information is not squeezed together.
Bold important information such as job titles for hiring managers to see it easily.
Keep resume between one to two pages. Anything more than that is too much information and it might be irrelevant.
2. Write an Objective
If you feel slightly underqualified for the job you are applying for, try to include an objective at the top of your resume after your name. If you are switching careers to a new industry, you can also fill in the lack of experience by sharing your motivation in your objective. This helps hiring managers to understand the though process behind your decision to apply for this job.
Place your objective statement right below your header (name, contact information). It should be limited to two or three sentences that explains what you are trying to accomplish and what you can contribute to the company.
2. Respond directly to the job description
The hiring managers have specific ideas on what skills and experiences they are looking out for in candidates, hence your resume should mirror the description they have added in the job listings.
Do not flood your resume with irrelevant skills that does not reflect what the job listing is asking for. If your previous work experiences are not relevant to the job description, try to frame your current skill set as being transferable into the new role you are applying for.
3. Describe accomplishments, not responsibilities
Focus on your accomplishments in your previous work instead of just stating your job description. Mention details such as how your performance has enabled your company’s growth, instead of simply what you have done for your previous jobs. This way, hiring managers will be able to see the impact that you have produced in your work and not just your job scope.
4. Quantify your accomplishments
Putting a number on the work you do gives hiring managers a clearer image of your skills and abilities. This way, they can have a better idea on how you might fit into their organisation. This helps you to stand out among other candidates that might not have their accomplishments quantified. Details such as “I have increased company xxx sales by 10%” helps your accomplishments stand out.
5. Add only what is needed
Do not include irrelevant information in your resume that does not fit into the criteria that hiring managers are looking for. This will only make them think that you do not understand what they are looking for. Including unnecessary information will only make it difficult to sieve through a pile of information to find something that they are looking for. This is the last thing you would want to leave them with. Simplicity goes a long way.
6. Cover letter
Last but not least, submit a cover letter if possible. Even though it is not required, a cover letter can help you to stand out as a candidate. Make sure your cover letter is error-free and easy to read as well. (I have discussed the importance of cover letter in another thread, check it out here!)
Remember to proofread everything before submitting your resume! Make sure there is no errors and it is easy to read at one glance. This demonstrates your professionalism and gives a good impression on your hiring manager. Good luck and we wish you all the best in your job search!
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