Expert Tips on Writing a Resume

2015-05-27 by Steve

If you are looking for a job, it’s very crucial to portray yourself as a deserving candidate to the employer since there are so many job seekers out there whom you’re competing for the same job positions with. One of the key things to do is to prepare a good resume which is the tool which sells you to your potential employer. The main objective of a resume is not to get you a job but to land you into the interview room. Its purpose is to promote you and highlight your skills which will impress your potential employer to invite for an interview. For better understanding, take the job market as the sales environment, you as the product, your potential employer as the buyer and your resume as the salesman who speaks on your behalf. The salesman should make his products stand out and appear better than his competitors in order to win the market. The same way, your resume should attract the interest of your potential employer to make him pick you from the crowd and consider you for an interview. This article will give you some expert tips on how to write a resume that will land you to that job you are seeking for.

Be Brief
Never forget that you are not the only one applying for that particular job. This means you resume is added to hundreds or even thousands of other resumes. What makes yours so special to be considered? You need to keep it brief and to the point. If you resume appears too long with lots of irrelevant information, the person reading it will be bored and will just bypass it making you lose the chance. It is very important that you keep it as short as possible highlighting only the key information that relates to the job you are applying for. A resume which is short and to the point commands a higher chance of being read in full than a longer one.

Use the Right Language
When writing your resume, it is always advised to use active verbs. You need to fill your resume with factual details so that the person reading it can fully understand your achievement and also know that you are hard working. For example, instead of saying that you were involved in a sales campaign where you assisted in selling over 200 flat screen TVs, simply state that you sold 50 flat screen TVs and you were a key member in the 20-person sales campaign team.

Highlight Your Success
When talking about your previous positions, make sure you stay positive as you mention your successes. Even if you left the job because the company closed down or failed to make profit, you can still point out your achievement in other areas. Do make yourself appear to be part of these failures. You can in such case mention some of the positive contributions you made while you were there or even point out some of the good times the company enjoyed while you were there.

Don’t Overemphasize Your Strengths
One of the biggest mistakes many people make when writing their resumes is exaggerating their strengths and accomplishments. It is good to be honest since your potential employer will probably do background checks before finally giving you the job. For example if you were involved in a successful project, clearly single out your participation in it and highlight the contributions of the other members of the team to its success. Don’t sound vague and unbelievable. A careful employer will always know when you are lying.

Make a good presentation
As discussed above, your resume is the tool that markets you. It is the media through which your potential employer will know your abilities and achievements. It relation to this, it has to be very interesting. It has to catch the attention of the reader who probably has hundreds of pieces to go through. You need to make your resume clear, interesting and to the point so that it is not thrown into the circular file without even being read.
Don’t make a flashy resume hoping that you will make an impact on the employer. Be professional and avoiding creating a resume with lots of bells and whistles. Use the standard formatting and one font. Avoid crazy fonts, colors, idioms, clichés, metaphors, etc. Your resume is supposed look like a professional document and not like a piece of creative writing or art.

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