Most of us make resumes to land a job. It may just be a page or two, but creating an effective resume may be your ticket to your chosen career path.
With perhaps hundreds of applicants, how will you catch your employer’s attention?
You might have heard that your resume gives your employer the first impression about you. Your resume mirrors your work attitude, and this is why you can’t just make a lame one out of a template.
Yes, employers are aware that there are countless templates hanging around the website. After reading this article you will learn:
- How to make unique resume headline
- How to create resume profiles
- Which information must be excluded
- And what technicalities must be avoided
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- Plan your framework and which information you have to include.
Start with a Resume Headline
Keep it short, direct and simple. There is no need for overused adjectives. A couple of words may be enough to highlight your value as an applicant.
Write your headline below your name and contact information. Your employer will only a few minutes to read your resume. Time is valuable, and seeing your clear headline and easily give the reader an idea on who you are and what you can do.
3 Simple Tricks for Writing a Resume Headline
- Keep it short by stating your value as an applicant in one short phrase. It is not even a sentence.
- Use keywords to help your interviewer easily know if you are fit for the job. Now, before creating a resume, you should have conducted some research about the company and the specific job position you are applying for. This will help you choose the right keyword.
- Personalize your headline for each job position in each company you are applying for if you have a couple of job interviews.
- Detail-Oriented Web Designer with Multiple Successful Campaigns
- Results-Driven System Administrator with In-Depth Knowledge of Oracle DB and MySQL
- Education Graduate with Experience in Tutoring Japanese Students
- Bilingual Nurse with Five Years’ Experience in Intensive Care Unit
Your resume profile may come next after your headline. This is a summary of your qualification. While the resume headline is only a phrase, the resume profile may be in paragraph or bulleted form. Most people prefer the bulleted form since it is concise and on point.
Detail-Oriented Web Designer with Multiple Successful Campaigns
- Transforms visual designs into completed HTML pages while strictly following the design specifications
- Implements creative, technical and conceptual digital design solutions
- Maximizes the use of WordPress, making the web pages easily accessible
Professional Contact Information
There are employers who prefer seeing the phone number, email and link to your LinkedIn page in just one line.
When it comes to email, make sure that it looks professional. Do not include your hobby or favorite band’s name.
- Do not use emails such as firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can use emails such as email@example.com
List your employment status with the most recent first. There is no need to include irrelevant roles which are on-the-job-trainings almost 10 years ago.
Include your employer’s name, the exact period you worked in each company and your job title. Make sure to write your job accomplishments instead of job responsibilities.
Instead of “responsible for answering customer inquiries” you can write “Handled at least 100 customer calls per day.” include related job awards if you have some.
You may include your college and post-graduate job. On the other hand, it is not practical to include your high school education unless you do not have a college degree.
Interpersonal Skills List
There are what you call soft skills. While these are technical skills, they are equally necessary to land the job. An employer values someone who can interact well with co-workers. Choose your words wisely and create active sentence or phrase.
Instead of writing “When I was in my previous company,” you have to make it into “I have strong motivational skills to…” It may be easy to create a long list of it, but make sure that it shows in your character when you meet your potential employer. If you say you are always confident to beat the deadline, then your confidence must be seen in your personality.
Nurse: empathic, caring, and passionate
Sales Manager: friendly, persuasive, convincing
2. Select a resume layout but not totally copy it. Personalize your resume. Employers will know if your resume is only a downloaded template and if you just filled in the blanks.
3. Format Text
Your text must seem professional. Use Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman, or Verdana and then utilize bold and italics to highlight the details.
4. Save in various formats
Save in Microsoft Words, PDF, and other formats. Save in your PC, USB, or cloud.
- Customize your resume according to the job position you are applying for.
- Make sure there are no spelling mistakes. Most employers get annoyed with this, and this shows if you have an eye for details.
- Make it concise and check for the grammatical errors.
- Read the employer’s job posting and match your resume to it.
Creating a resume me be challenging, but what you really have to do it to put all the details you already have. Be genuine and highlight what you have to offer.
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