Searching for a job can be difficult for some people, with the many details to follow, getting information about prospective employers, practicing interview skills, lining up professional references, and checking your salary range. All this can make someone want to just recycle an old resume and submit it.
You have to stay far away from such activities if you want to at least get called for an interview. All your resumes should be a customized document that will grab the hiring manager’s attention and should be freshly polished according to the job you are applying for.
Also, most recruiters do not waste time on resumes. For your resume to stand out and grab attention, you need to know how to write a killer resume. Here are 4 steps to improve your resume writing skills.
Create a lead
Every resume should start with the applicant’s contact information such as your name, email, phone number, and website links (if any). You can add something at the top of the page that will make your reviewers keep reading your resume.
Resumes used to have an objective statement below the contact info where the type of your job is explained. But that is not the case these days, some hiring managers will want to see a short paragraph that will quickly summarize your relevant skills, training, and experience for the role you are applying to get.
Include your skills
Interpersonal skills are important for your career success. Effective verbal communication, writing, time management, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and creativity is highly prized in today’s world. This is why you should add them to your resume anytime you are writing.
A thoughtfully written cover letter or resume is well organized, free of spelling and grammatical errors focused on the position you are applying for, and has a high level of clarity. You can also include your work history and accomplishments.
Use a particular format
Sticking to one format for your resume is good. Yes, in this case, boring is good! Unless you are applying for a job that requires you to demonstrate your talents such as a graphic design or creative role. Avoid using unnecessary formats that will distract the recruiter. Remove things that seem clever and at the same time reduces clarity such as pictures. You can use a different thing but ensure it is effective and fits best with the employers’ style before submitting it.
Always include your talents that are relevant to the company and the position you are applying for. Being fluent in a foreign language can make you stand out and get an interview if the employer has international operations. Your leadership skills can be shown in playing a role of an organizer for a Meetup group that is related to the company or industry.
Also, use your unique qualities and passion to make yourself stand out among other job seekers. Most hiring managers like it when an employer mentions something outside interest. This makes them get a more complete picture of the applicant.