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.
|◼︎ 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.|
|◼︎ 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.|
|◼︎ 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.|
|◼︎ 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.)|
|◼︎ 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.|
|◼︎ 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.|
List awards in the Education section under a sub-heading.
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.
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.