It’s the first thing a hiring manager will see when considering you for a position. Your resume/CV is arguably the most important document you’ll ever create. Resume writing can be classified as both an art and a science. It should be clean and easy to read, while also effectively highlighting your skills and experience. As you polish your resume to enter the job hunt, follow these tips:
Start with a brief summary. Grab the employer’s attention with a compelling introduction. Write a one to three sentence paragraph summing up who you are and your experience.
Tailor your resume to the position. Incorporate keywords from the job posting into your resume. Many resumes are screened by an automated system; if your resume doesn’t include these words, it may never see human eyes.
Focus on transferable skills. Include your work history (generally speaking, go back about 10 years) and aim for concise phrases to describe your accomplishments. Concentrate on the skills that can be applied to your next job. Unless you have limited relevant experience, list education and certifications last.
Keep it to one page. (Or not.) Limiting your resume to one page is a rule of the past. More important than length, make sure that the details in your resume are relevant to the job. That said, avoid the temptation to provide too much detail. A resume is not an autobiography of your career. It is a tool to allow employers to quickly learn about your skills and experience.
Declutter. Out with the old and in with the new. Remove any unnecessary information, such as volunteer work from 2005 or an irrelevant award you won in college.
Use a template. Many people get too creative with formatting. Unless you are a graphic designer, keep the design simple and easy to scan.
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