Tips on Writing a Great Resume That Will Get You an Interview
Writing a resume can prove to be tricky sometimes, especially if you are not aware of your own capabilities, skills, and knowledge. Like any other form of writings, resumes have their own blocks that can make you stare at a blank paper for hours because of not knowing what and what not to write.
Today’s article is pretty straightforward and to the point. In this post, you will find precise and concise tips as well as some examples on how to craft an AMAZING resume that will make your recruiter consider having an interview with you and not simply throw your resume in the dumpster the moment he takes a look at it.
With that being said, let’s start with the first step:
Writing a resume is something which is completely different from writing an essay or an article. Apart from being a different type of writing, you cannot also brainstorm what you have in mind and simply start writing on a blank paper. You need to have a format in mind, but before that, you need to know the different standard resume formats.
There are three widely used types of resume formats:
Your choice of the format depends on which job you would like to apply for as well as your level of experience within a given field.
In most cases, it is preferable to stick with the reverse-chronological resume format since it the most common one, and most employers are familiar with it
Before I proceed into this step, there is an important remark that should be highlighted:
No matter what, make sure to check and re-check over and over again that you have written your contact information correctly. Such a mistake may cost you your dream job!
Writing a resume without any contact information is like buying tires for a car that you don’t have. Contact information represents the linking bridge between you and your employer, this is why it is highly important to mention the NECESSARY contact details that can guarantee that your employer will find a way to contact you if he ever decided to.
One thing to have in mind is that your contact information should be professional as much as possible. So, if you are willing to apply for a job, make sure to have a professional email that includes both your first and last name and never fill resumes with emails like this one down below: firstname.lastname@example.org
Necessary Contact Information:
This includes your full name (first and last name -middle name if nay-), email address, phone number, and location. (location is pretty important so that the company would decide whether it would sponsor your relocation or not)
Optional Contact Information:
Most people may add their LinkedIn URL since many employers are used to working with this kind of platform. You can also add links to your portfolios or website(s) as long as it is related to the job. So, if you are applying for a writing job for instance, then providing a link to your blog can prove to be a smart move if you ever wanted to showcase what you can deliver. Developers can use their GitHub URL and designers can implement their Behance or Dribble URL.
Contact Information to Avoid:
You should avoid writing your date of birth (unless you were asked to) since this can prove to be a drawback sometimes because of some employers linkage to experience and qualification. You should also avoid any unnecessary contact information such as your Instagram page or anything which is not related to the job.
Veteran Tip: first impressions matter in both your personal life and career
This is when the fun part begins. According to recent studies, the average employer or hiring manager will spend about 6 seconds to skim your resume. Simply put, no matter how perfect is your resume, it will only get 6 seconds to be checked and this period cannot be extended unless you make a good first impression that will push your employer to read the rest of your resume and consider hiring you.
Your resume summary statements resume objective statement is super important simply because they represent a “summary of what you can do and offer”, and this is why it is preferable to put it at the top of the page and make short and direct to the point.
A resume summary ranges from two to three sentence long and it is a short and quick recap of your career. Bear in mind that your summary is the section that your recruiter is most likely to read, this is why you need to make sure that your summary includes:
credit: Andrei Kurtuy novoresume.com
here’s an example of a resume summary provided by Christian Eilers for Zety.com:
Personable and dependable graphic designer with 4+ years of expertise in a fast-paced global marketing firm. Achieved company-best quality satisfaction rating according to internal review (99.76%). Seeking to advance career by growing with the DeZine team.
if you don’t have any relevant experience to summarize, make sure to highlight transferable skills from different areas. By doing this, you’ll prove that although you don’t have the necessary experience for this particular job, you do have experience which is related to it.
here’s an example provided by Andrei Kurtuy for novoresume.com
“Hard-working recent graduate with a B.A. in Graphic Design from New York State University seeking new opportunities. 3+ years of practical experience working with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, creating illustrations & designing UX / UI. Looking to grow as a designer, as well as perfect my art, at the XYZ Design Studio.”
“IT project manager with 5+ years of experience in software development. Managed a team of developers to create products for several industries, such as FinTech and HR tech. Looking to leverage my experience in managing outsourced products as a Product Owner at XYZ.”
You haven’t spent all these years studying for countless hours just to misstate your education in your resume in the end.
Here’s how to introduce your education properly:
Start by mentioning your program name, then your university name and the years of attendance. When the previous points are covered try to add the optional RELEVANT educational pros such as the GPA (use the format of 1-4/4), the honours, the academic achievements, and also your minor studies if any.
Relevant key experiences and achievements are of great importance because they add to your credibility and worthiness for the job that you have applied for. Simply put, if you ever wanted to list your key experiences and achievements, you may want to start with your most recent job history entry and consider the following format:
if you have no professional experience, make sure to put your education section above your work history.
How much work experience should be included?
It depends on what kind of applicant you are. If you are a:
Senior-level applicants (executives and managers): You may want to list up to 15 years of relevant work experience.
Mid-level job seekers: Make sure to detail your job descriptions and briefly mention any other position
Entry-level candidates: Describe all your paid work, highlight your previous responsibilities and achievements.
First-time job hunters (no previous experience): Include other histories, such as volunteer experience in order to fill the experience section.
Everyone knows that there’s a difference between talent and skill. The former represents a gifted ability that a person was “born with it” and the latter one represents the voluntary effort of a given individual to learn a new ability.
As far as employers are concerned, they give some importance to the skill section as well since it represents the level of dedication of the applicant to learn new skills which, most importantly, need to be relevant to the job.
Here are some of the skills to put on your resume:
Make sure to add your level of expertise next to each skill, this can be achieved by denotatively adding a word that represents the level of expertise such as “beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional) or you can simply use certain images and illustrations that represent your level in every skill that you have listed.
You can also add in your resume the number of languages that you master without forgetting your level of expertise in each one of them. In addition to that, you can mention your hobbies as well as your voluntary work.
If you ever wanted to “add more spices” to your resume, you can also mention your previous projects and publications as long as they are relevant to the job.
To sum it up, it seems fair to say that writing a resume is a process that takes time and energy. Resume writing needs to follow the above-mentioned rules and the more you get creative in writing your resume, the higher the chances that you will get hired.
Make sure that your resume is specific and to the point and never try to make it broad by thinking that this will increase your chances. As a last tip, try to hit your employer on his “pain points” by illustrating why does a given recruiter need someone like you
Here’s an example of a resume that you want to follow while writing your own:
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