Saturday, 15 December 2018

How to Write a Good Resume

If you are looking for a job, you have to have a resume handy that you can send to your employers for showing them why you are a worthy candidate. The problem is that most people find it immensely difficult to write a resume because they don’t know which areas they should emphasize. Human resource managers receive hundreds of resumes on a daily basis from people even when no job positions have been advertised and you have to stand out amongst this crowd and grab their attention. If you want your resume to earn you a job interview, you should follow the steps outlined below:

    1- First things first, you need to write a cover letter. This is not simply a synopsis of your resume. It is a way to introduce yourself to the employer and shed some light on why you are the ideal candidate for the job.

    2- You should be aware of the type of job for which you are applying and the qualifications that are required to be employed.

    3- Now it is time for you to choose a design for your resume. There are lots of CV templates that you can find on the internet these days and you can easily find ones that are specific to the job for which you are applying. The right template will give you an outline, which suits the job and all you will have to do is fill in your personal information. References, qualifications, work experience and objective will be part of the outline.

    4- You should include your objective in the resume, which is in accordance with your job description. This can determine if you will be able to get the 10 to 30 seconds of the hiring manager and if your resume will qualify for the next round.

    5- Convey information in your resume with the use of bullet points and strive to be concise and clear when you are writing the rest of the resume. The job qualifications should be studied carefully and highlight those skills that fulfill these requirements. Actions words should also be used, which include words like managed, prepared, monitored, implemented, presented, directed and coordinated. If you don’t have any related experience, you can focus on how your education has given you the skills to be good at the job in question.

    6- You should also use symbols in your resume such as $ and %. Not only do they save space and enable you to provide more information on your resume, but symbols such as the dollar sign are also able to draw the attention of the hiring manager to a significant and important financial achievement. Quantifying your achievements also gives the manager an idea of exactly how much you can help.

    7- State the most relevant points first in order to highlight strengths so they can be quickly viewed by the employer. Avoid negatives and always stick to a positive tone even when you are discussing employment gaps, which can later be discussed in an interview.  

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