A resume is a marketing document that is intended to get the employer’s attention in order to win a contract.

A resume must consist of the records of your achievements and also, a statement that shows your uniqueness in your field.

A resume must contain statements that is important to the advancement of the company.

I will give you some tips that will help you to write a unique resume that will win you the contracts that you desire.

Tips
¹General Information
◼︎ Read the job ad carefully.
◼︎ Always tailor your resume to the job in question.
◼︎ Use an online resume builder instead of a text editor, or start out with a resume template.
◼︎ Use verifiable metrics wherever possible because hard numbers catch the eye of recruiters.
◼︎ Focus only on the most important content. Try to fit everything on two pages or fewer.
◼︎ Pick the right resume format: A Functional resume, a Chronological resume, or a Combination resume (if you have experience across different industries).
◼︎ The reverse-chronological resume, where the latest work experience is listed first, is the most popular format.
Design and Layout
◼︎ To make a good first impression, ensure that the layout is pleasing and the content is scannable and easy to read.
◼︎ Balance text with whitespace.
◼︎ Use classic fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica, and Georgia.
◼︎ Don’t choose anything less than 10.5 for the font size. A font size of 12 is ideal.
◼︎ Use font sizes 14-16 for section headers.
◼︎ Pick a font that reads well on all screens. Legibility and cleanliness are important.
◼︎ If you can, choose sans serif fonts like Arial over serif fonts like Times New Roman. The former are more legible on screens.
◼︎ Avoid big blocks of text and excessive bullet points.
◼︎ Ensure that sections flow from the most significant to the less important.
Contact Information
◼︎ Place your name and contact information at the top of the document.
◼︎ The font for the name should be larger than the font used in the body, but not so large as to overpower the other elements on the page.
◼︎ Don’t place contact information in the header/footer.
◼︎ Use a home address rather than a PO box or an office address.
◼︎ List one phone number. A mobile phone number is ideal.
◼︎ Use an email address that sounds professional.
◼︎ Place social media icons and URL links to relevant social media pages.
◼︎ Include a link to your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) and ensure that the profile is up to date.
◼︎ Include the URL of a personal website that highlights your expertise.
◼︎ To avoid possible age discrimination at the onset of hiring, avoid mentioning your date of birth unless that information is mandatory.
◼︎ Don’t include a profile photo.
Job Summary
◼︎ This section is ideal if you have years of relevant job experience. Skip this section if you have less experience or applying for a job in another field.
◼︎ Highlight your current professional title with a larger font at the top of the section.
◼︎ Write an objective statement that describes a future goal. This is not mandatory.
◼︎ Outline your skills and accomplishments to demonstrate what:
1. Distinguishes you from other applicants
2. Makes you the ideal candidate for the role
◼︎ Highlight skills that are relevant to the role offered.
◼︎ Use the Adjective + Skill + Value formula to frame achievements in bulleted sentences.
Core Skills
◼︎ This section focuses on the skills you’ve gained based on the job roles you’ve performed in the past.
◼︎ Some job roles like programming demand hard technical skills while some like teaching ask for a mix of both hard and soft skills.
◼︎ Exploit the keywords in the target job descriptions and correlate them to your skillsets.
◼︎ Use topical nouns instead of vague verbs to highlight skills and boost recognition by ²ATS.
◼︎ Cover both hard skills and soft skills. For example, a Project Manager can list “Conflict resolution” as a soft skill.
◼︎ List hard skills with experience levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert.)
Work Experience
◼︎ If you’re going by the most common resume format, arrange entries by date, with the latest job at the top.
◼︎ For each entry, mention the relevant job title, employer name, location, and job tenure (with start and end dates.)
◼︎ Use the mm/yyyy format while listing dates. It’s the standard format expected by recruiters and applicant tracking systems.
◼︎ Expand on the most critical jobs with a bulleted list of roles and accomplishments.
◼︎ Mention key metrics for every experience.
Example 1: Generated over $25,000 in sales in one month (instead of Managed sales through self-generated leads.)
Example 2: Developed and executed marketing strategy for three new national projects. Increased market penetration by an average of 35%.
◼︎ Some roles may not be quantifiable. In such cases, it’s okay to mention only responsibilities.
◼︎ Don’t duplicate the information from the Summary and Core Skills sections. Use unique phrasing.
Education
◼︎ This section can follow the Summary section for new graduates or for jobs with highly relevant educational requirements.
◼︎ Include educational qualifications, complete with the school/university name, location, degree earned, and the course dates.
◼︎ Mention extra qualifications, certifications, and training under relevant sub-sections if necessary.
◼︎ Include GPA/Class Rank if among the top-half of the class. This information is not mandatory.
Other Details
◼︎ Awards
List awards in the Education section under a sub-heading.
◼︎ Hobbies
These are not necessary in most applications, but they’re also not a dealbreaker. Include them if other details are sparse.
Don’t include inappropriate and commonplace hobbies like reading.
◼︎ References
Don’t mention these unless specifically asked for.
Tips for Compatibility With ²ATS
◼︎ Keep the resume structure simple.
◼︎ Avoid fancy/creatively designed resumes and resume templates.
◼︎ Use an ATS-friendly resume template when you don’t want to design from scratch.
◼︎ Use simple headers and consistent formatting across all sections.
◼︎ For entries with dates, preface dates with descriptions, such as work experience or academic qualifications.
◼︎ The ATS is programmed to read specific keywords, so scan the job ad for potential keywords you can use.
◼︎ Use concise bullet points instead of full paragraphs.
◼︎ Spell out any abbreviations so the ATS can understand them.
◼︎ Submit the file in the format specified. (ATS reads Word formats better than PDF.)
◼︎ Use Jobscan to enhance your resume for ATS.
Final Round of Editing
◼︎ Always proofread for spellings and other errors.
◼︎ Double-check your contact information.
◼︎ Remove all fluff and keep the resume concise.
◼︎ Print the resume and check for design issues.
◼︎ Save a copy of the resume as a PDF for future use. (Word can mess up the formatting across different computer systems.)
◼︎ Back up a copy of the resume to the cloud so you can access it from anywhere.
¹This covers tips that apply to all kinds of resumes.

²ATS refers to Applicant Tracking System. Many companies use this software as the first screen to filter the flood of resumes.

 

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