Have you ever thought of having a good CV or resume that could win you the job you have been seeking for?
And have ever wondered why some job seekers do not get employed even with all their good looking clothes and qualifications? -the truth is that employers consider certain factors even before granting an interview and if your Resume is not good enough, you will not be lucky to secure yourself a job.
Resumes speak much about job seekers and as such any job seeker’s Resume should be above average .
Since Resumes or CV’s are the employers gateway to knowing your personality and qualifications better , there is the need have an impressive Resume as much as it is required.
I have taken time to carefully highlight on the 10 SECRETS of every good Resume.
1. Concentrate on Your Achievements.
Giving a preview of this in your resume will be highly appreciated. Note any specific projects you’ve worked on in the past. Mention what your role was and how you handled the situation. These details offer a glimpse of not only your achievements, but also of your work ethic.
2. Use Simple and Clean Design
Start by putting down all the necessary details of your resume first – location, work, experience and so on. Your CV should have a clean and simple outlook to make visibility of every detail possible.
3. Be Goal-Driven
One good exercise to gear your resume towards goals is by taking each previous work description you’ve written and write “which resulted in” after every statement. Of course, it doesn’t have to be written this way the entire time. You can restructure it later once you’ve determined the results of each listed experience.
4. Show you can contribute
This is an essential question many employers have: What can you contribute to the company? You need an answer that sets you apart from everyone else and showcases all your best traits. That said, structure your entire resume with this question in mind – from its layout to its content. Make sure you provide impressive details to avoid appearing like another generic application.
5. Take note of your spacing
Your resume’s design also needs to be visually appealing. Although, as mentioned earlier, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pepper it with miscellaneous designs. One way you can make a neat and compact form is simply by tweaking your spacing. Make sure everything is neatly aligned with each other, provide at least a one-inch margin on all sides to give a clean look to your resume.
6. Choose your references wisely
Recommendations can get you a long way. Don’t just pick the last three bosses you had to vouch for you. Really think of key figures and mentors whom you’ve encountered, who can help you get a foot in your desired industry. It would also be good if you have references who are major figures in the industry itself, or who are already well known. This boosts your credibility in the field if they talk about you well.
7. Quantify achievements
Being vague about your experience and skill set will get you on a pile of other generic resumes. Make sure you stand out by focusing on detailing achievements that matter. Instead of vague statements like “contributed to overall product”, explain the role you had to play.
8. Leave out inconsequential experience
If you’re applying as bank manager, don’t mention being a lawyer or a copywriter. These don’t add up to the qualifications you’re trying to present.
However, these experiences don’t have to go to waste entirely. Mention specific skills you learned from these experiences instead. Example, having been a barista might have honed your people skills, which is just as important in being a manager.
9. Make it readable
Avoid choosing fonts that are too flashy or difficult to read. Opt for clean fonts. For a basic font pairing, make your headings a basic sans serif (Helvetica, Arial), and your body a serif (Times New Roman, Garamond). The serifs are better suited for reading, while the sans serifs’ clean look can easily draw attention themselves.
10. Mind your grammar and use of Professional terms
Most employers regardless of industry want to hire people who have good communication skills, be it oral or written. Your verbal aptitude can be tested during the interview, but your written skills reflect in how well-crafted your resume is. Mind the details in your writing – even small things like grammar and spelling can go a long way.
Also, A few examples of overused resume phrases to avoid include: team player, think outside the box, results-driven, go-getter. Some power words that you can include are: achieved, improved, managed, launched. If you noticed, the second set of terms all point towards an action, whereas the initial set only served as general adjectives.
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Source : blog.jobberman.com.gh