How would you define “resume”? Without going into the literary framework, it’s selling out of your intellect — personality, skills and experience — to any employer. No doubt, it should be in a manner to build positive vibes in front of him/her. Hence, it becomes essential, especially amidst cut-throat competency and growing corporate challenges, to have the expertise to give a suave look to your document. With an effort to give an edge to you job hunt, we bring you a few striking guidelines or tips here:
- Know the purpose of your resume
Objective of a resume should be simple to entice recruiters and compel him/her to schedule the interview. But a few people mistook it as a final step to grab the job, thereby blundering to get it overloaded with unwanted information. And they end up with a really long and boring piece.
- Back up your qualities and strengths
An allegation without evidence is considered purely wastage of time in court trial. Similarly mentioning qualities and strengths in resume without getting those supported by relevant experience or responsibilities held will not bear any fruit. Hence, connect your document with real life and work experiences. Mention awards and recognitions, if any. Outline your contribution towards the organization where you worked or working.
- Make sure to use the right keywords
HR professionals tab on the power of electronic database, and make use of smart techniques to search for the relevant candidate. To make your document compatible with their quest, you need to give importance to keywords stuffing rationalizing your job responsibility and experience.
- Use effective titles
With the volume of resume documents on the job portals, HR professionals have enough alternatives. In the situation most of them judge the authenticity of your resumes by hovering mouse on the title. So mull over the resume title to give a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. For example:
- Bad title: Tech Support
- Good title: Technology Consulting Services Experts
- Use bullet points
Reading long paragraphs interests none. Presentation of experiences, educational background and professional objectives in bullet points will make your resume more precise, and effective to grab quick attention.
- Where are you going?
Offering an idea to employer about your professional objective can help him/her to think about the best role or responsibility that you can handle. Whether create a separate section or present entire information in a way that it could communicate your goal.
- Put the most important information first
Giving hierarchy to your resume presentation will make it effective. This is significant in terms of overall layout as well as for individual section. Give chronological order to your experiences or skills –list the most important ones first.
Avoid using “no kidding” information and negativity
Don’t add fat to your resume with statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are applying for any position, it’s well understood that you are going to come down for the interview, and will also provide references to support credential. No photo attached resume is required, at least with us.
- Mention who you worked with
Adding icing on the cake, you may mention name and designation of someone well-known in your industry.
- No jargon or slang
Slang is never considered a part of professional language, so avoid it while developing your resume.
- Proofread it twice
Proofreading will help you to eradicate errors or issues that you probably might have slipped in the flow. Proof-read yourself or take external help from friends having good understanding of language. Often mistakes related to homonyms, apostrophes, contractions, punctuation, etc. could be avoided by loudly reading the resume.