Did you know that a perfect Resume can increase your chances of success when seeking and applying for a new job? This is because your resume is simply the ticket to the interview with the potential employer. Before the recruiter decides to meet you, he first reads your resumes and then makes up his mind to call you for an interview. Otherwise, the resume is tossed into the bin.
Writing a perfect Resume is easier than you think. Yes, there are many professional resume services or resume writers but before going to them why not attempt yourself?
Top Tips for Writing Perfect Resume
Let a well made Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) create a great first impression to the prospective employer. Make sure you get all the elements right, from appropriate words to length and details of education, experience and skills.
We have compiled our Top Tips on how to write a good resume so that you get that all-important interview call.
Is there a Perfect Resume?
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Before we proceed to discuss the tips to writing perfect resume, let’s pause for a moment and understand that is there a perfect resume and is it possible to write one ourselves?
Actually there is no resume template or resume builder which gives a perfect resume. In fact, there is no right or wrong way to write a CV. The purpose of a perfect resume is to persuade prospective employers that you are the right person for the job. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume makes a compelling and wonderful reading for the recruiter and that they should call you for an interview.
Let’s now proceed to tips for resume making
Tip Number One : Keep the Resume Short and Crisp
Stick to important points while making the Resume. This is crucial to retain the reader’s focus. More content spreads attention and diverts from core aspects. Thus the concentration and focus of the reader is disturbed.
In the initial rounds of Resume filtration or shortlisting, a Resume gets less than 5 minutes time. It is only when someone makes the first cut that detailed level view happens. A simple and crisp statement about who you are and what your aspirations are would be a good way to articulate your profile,
Your Resume should ideally be no longer than two pages of A4 size. Recruiters need to know about your skills and previous work experience so they can check your suitability for the job posted or advertised on the job posting sites.
Write short paragraphs about experience in a specific role. Use bullet points to catch recruiter’s attention to the relevant information. Remember that your Resume is only the first step. Save the detailed explanation of your suitability for the interview later.
Tip Number Two : Mind the Language
One of the main reasons for rejection of Resume is errors and spelling mistakes. Always check your Resume for spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Avoid using superlatives to describe yourself.
- Do not use sentences in first person.
- Do not repeat words.
- Use relevant power words to create the impact.
Don’t just use your spellchecker on the computer, better get a friend or relative to proof read your Curriculum Vitae as well.
Check and check again to avoid errors at all costs. This means spelling mistakes, dates which conflict with one another and incorrect email address and phone number.
Tip Number Three: Begin with a Brief Summary
A good Resume should begin with a brief summary giving the spirit and essence of your career. Your Resume should reflect the depth and variety in your experience and skills. The summary should reflect your career focus as well.
Make sure that you mention your strengths and competencies relevant to the job advertised.
A summary is also helpful when you are uploading your Resume on Job Posting Sites. These job portals have different columns and fields and one of them is the summary. So this content will come handy.
Secondly, when the recruiter does the resume search on the online job posting sites, he prefers to read the summary rather than the full Resume online. Both these points are equally applicable to Jobs Advertised on Job Posting Boards and on Social Media like LinkedIn.
Tip Number Four : Maintain Uniformity and Simplicity in your Curriculum Vitae
Keep your Curriculum Vitae (CV) simple and easy to read. Make sure that your Curriculum Vitae is not too complicated to read. Seek the true opinion of a friend or two.
You have to ensure that you use one font, one colour, one size and, if possible, do not use too much capital letters, italics or bold effects. Simple formats work best.
Your choice of font and layout can be helpful in creating the interest of the would be employer to continue reading your Curriculum Vitae.
Tip Number Five : Quantify your experience
Highlighting your achievements is always an excellent idea.
Make your resume impressive by adding numbers, percentages, success rates or targets achieved against the targets. This clearly proves that have you done your role very well.
It is a great way to boast about your experience and career achievements.
Tip Number Six: Don’t Attempt Misrepresenting or Twisting Facts
It is quite normal to have some breaks in your total employment period. Also some of us make a mistake of selecting a wrong employer. Both errors have the potential to bring down the perceived market value of the job seeker. It can also reduce the negotiating power during the final interview, in case the job is offered.
Therefore, some people give in to the temptation of fudging the information in their resume by either consciously withholding the information or by misrepresentation of facts. However, this is not right. We live in the information age and it does not take long to find out the truth. In case the facts are revealed much later, this unethical deed may hit you severely.
Therefore, it is best to avoid deliberate withholding or misrepresentation of facts.
Tip Number Seven: Avoid Any Negativity
In terms of attitude, your Resume should not contain any negative or pessimistic or blaming terms. So when mentioning any adversity, the best technique is to present it is as “challenges” rather than obstacles.
Avoid negative terms such as “hate”, ‘failed”, “argued”, “quit”, “ignored” or “tried my best” etc. Instead use better and more suitable phrases like “convinced”, “overcome”, “negotiate”, “persuaded”, and “re-approached” etc.
Similarly negative experiences should be as opportunities for learning and avoiding the mistakes in future rather than “acts of failure” or “wrong decisions”.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR JOB SEARCH!
Video: Top 5 Tips for Writing a Perfect CV
It is hoped that these useful tips, you will be able to make a perfect resume.
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About the Author
Sundeep Kataria is the CEO of ACS Consultants – a Management Consulting Firm. He holds multiple qualifications: MBA, PGDIT (IIFT), MS in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Company Law. He has also formally learnt Digital Marketing and Website Making.
In 1995 he pioneered the concept of professional Career Counselling, Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Over the years he has mentored many professionals, like CAs, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, IT Experts etc.
The unique style of Sundeep Kataria is that he connects with each and every individual personally, holds in depth discussion before undertaking the assignment.