You are certain that you possess a unique set of skills, but somehow you just can’t get the job you know you deserve? It is a strenuous fight out there, and you need to prove your abilities to succeed in the current market. ’But how can I prove my skills if I can’t get a job?’ you are asking? Well, we have a key right here-a perfectly written resume. Yes, it is that simple, and here it is explained how a resume that gets you an interview should look like, step by step.
What is a killer resume?
Think of a resume as an advertisement, and the product being advertised, is you. It is a piece of paper that represents YOU and it helps the employer get a general impression of what to expect if they hire you. These couple of pages are actually the first impression of you, and the interview is actually considered to be the second. You can only make a first impression once, so give it all your effort and make it the one to be remembered.
How to start writing your resume?
You decided to make a change and take matters into your own hands. Newly opened, a blank page is sitting in front of you and after writing your name and date of birth, you hit the ’writer’s block’. But, you are on the right track because what comes first in a resume is contact information. Personal information should include a name (first, last and middle name), address, telephone number, and e-mail address. A link to your portfolio and LinkedIn profile can only be a plus, and it is encouraged to include them as well!
What is the next step?
There are several templates to help you move forward, and they should be used as a guide. But don’t follow it blindly, since this document must represent you on the paper. Choosing a format for your resume depends on your needs.
If you have sufficient work experience, and you are just looking to change positions, we advise you to choose to reverse chronological resume format. Here, the focus is on your work experience, and as such can help you get the job you seek. Nevertheless, if you are a student who has just finished college, you know you have a good set of skills, and you seek work experience, focus on presenting them in a functional resume format. It is skill-based, so it might be a good choice if you are also looking for a career change. One more format, a combination of the previous two, is mostly chosen by individuals who have both significant working experience and unique skills’ set. Have you identified which group you belong to? If you have, let’s continue moving forward.
How to properly include all my skills and employment history in my resume?
Open a new blank page or take notes on the side. Make a separate list of your previous employment. Think of all the work experience you ever had, and write them down. Keep in mind that you should begin with the most recent employment and finish with the first position you were ever hired for. Since it is a list, it can not be made personal, so just state them as they are, clear and chronologically placed.
As you list all employers and work positions, make sure to remember to mention your achievements. Your assignments in each position should be explained, but don’t make it a story. Your employers have no time to go through each resume as they were reading a book. Focus on making bullet points stating your exact position and/or achievement. It shows off your abilities in the brightest light possible and separates you from the pile of other resumes waiting to be read.
How detailed should I be about education?
It depends. If you have over 25 years of experience, do state it but be brief. It no longer represents the key to your employment. But, if you happen to be a recently graduated student, you have to put some more effort in it. Your killer resume should be expanded in this particular section where you can state special courses you attended, or volunteer work relevant to the position you are applying for.
How about skills and certificates?
This is a part of the resume where you can shine! First of all, list all the skills you know can help you get that particular position you seek. Whether it is your typing skill or proficiency at a specific software programme, make sure it stands out. The potential employer reading your resume can build a picture of you by reading this section, and he may decide to call you for an interview sooner than you expect! ’Soft skills’ should also be included. Mention how your patience and emotional intelligence could be a good asset to the team, and be persuasive. This is where you can ’sell’ yourself.
A killer resume can have many forms, and whichever you choose, keep in mind that it is you, your abilities and personality on the paper. The job market is tough nowadays, so make sure you stand out from the crowd. Following these few simple tips can separate you from the crowd and help you get an interview, which is just a formality after writing a good resume!