So far, you should have selected the best positions that fit you, reviewed the career opportunities aligned with those positions, and selected companies that match your career goals and lifestyle. You are ready to create your resume.
We live in the twenty first century, and technology is becoming more advanced than ever. Resumes are less likely to be accepted by hand delivery, and most are screened through some type of application software. The application software system is rigorous, and sometimes even the best applicant cannot get past the system. The system selects the best candidates using key words and phrases. So, how do you know the right words/phrases to include in your resume?
Unfortunately, this is a question that does not have a definite answer. In addition, remember that com- puters sometimes struggle to read complicated file formats, so keep your submissions simple (Note: The most common and successful resume file format is PDF format.)
The following are things to keep in mind when completing your resume:
Make sure your resume aligns with what the company wants. (Hint: be sure to include your skills that are mentioned in the job posting.)
Do not write your skills identical to the job postings—hiring agents see right through this.
Incorporate the job skills involved in your previ- ous responsibilities. This provides a record of your relevant skillset.
Use different fonts or colors.
Create a uniform resume. To make your resume stand out, use different shades of the same color throughout. Make sure your font and font size are easy to read. To indicate breaks in sections, bold each title. Lastly, always make sure the headline size is consistent.
Use plain language.
Use industry specific keywords—this involves us- ing industry terms throughout your resume; these should be applicable to the position for which you are applying. Note: This trick is not applicable for everyone; you can also translate prior job responsibilities to fit the current job you are applying to fill.
List all hard skills.
List a combination of hard skills and soft skills.
Always proofread your resume for errors; if pos- sible, have someone read it out loud to you.
Organize each section of the resume so that it flows like a story. Be specific make sure you highlight the key things you did that help the company achieve their goals. For example, I successfully completed proposals gaining the company several new clients.
Always create a cover page for each application. Be sure to tailor it toward the company’s business model and work culture. Include why you believe you fit in with the company based on those things. “If you want to avoid the whole process, invest in a resume writer. This may be one of the best invest- ments you make career wise. Let a resume expert create your resume while you work on improving your qualification