5 Tips for a Perfect Resume
Do you want an up-to-date knockout resume that stands out from the competition? Are you wondering what to include on your resume so that properly showcases who you are? If so, stick around because in this post you’ll learn what to include on your resume so that it rises above the rest.
So your resume is one of the most important documents you’ll create in your lifetime. Not only is it used to find higher-quality career opportunities but it’s also used as a personal brand tool.
A well-written resume will give you an extra dose of confidence when it comes time to tell others about your talents, your abilities and your expertise. So let’s jump into how to write a resume that will stand out.
How To Write A Resume That Stands Out
5. Get The Length Right
When it comes time to submit your resume, remember that the person on the other end will be receiving hundreds of resumes in possibly one day, so you want to make sure your link is just right.
Here’s a good rule of thumb… If you have less than 5 years of work experience, keep your resume to one page. If you have more than 5 years of work experience, it’s okay to go to a two-page resume but no longer than that. To fit within these parameters, make sure you pay close attention to your font selection, your font size and your margins.
4. Include A Professional Profile
A professional profile is one of the first places that a hiring manager or recruiter will look after your name and contact information. You really want to knock it out of the park with a well-written profile.
Aim to explain in two to three sentences what you can do for a company and how your professional experience and background can help them solve their problem. A great way to approach this is to list the number of years you’ve worked in a particular position and what your greatest career accomplishment has been in that position or industry.
You can also discuss your specialty and what makes you an expert in this industry. This is a great way to show who you are and what you are capable of doing. So here’s a note for students, it’s okay if you don’t have a lot of work experience.
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This is the great time to mention volunteer experience or extracurricular activities or anything that relates to your coursework.
3. Make Resume Keyword Heavy
Once you find a position that interests you, make sure you incorporate key words from the job posting into your professional profile and work experience sections.
This will help you get past the initial tracking software that your resume is subject to when you first apply for a job. Placing key words and phrases also tailors your resume to the specific position and industry.
2. Tell A Compelling Story in Your Work Experience Section
This is the time to paint a picture of how you got to where you are now in your career. List your most recent position and then list all relevant positions in reverse chronological order.
Start with the company name, then list the position, with the location and the date that you worked there. Under each position, add bullet points to organize your accomplishments, placing the most emphasis on your current position and then listing only relevant accomplishments under your other positions.
If you’ve ever seen a resume writing video of mine you’ll know that I always recommend to quantify your accomplishments as best you can. So this means using dollar amounts, percentages and numbers.
1. Proofread Your Resume
You’ll be surprised, but it’s easy to make a small spelling or grammatical error on your resume. There’s nothing worse than missing out on a job opportunity because something was misspelled or written incorrectly.
We read differently on paper than we do on screen so to make the proofreading process easier, my recommendation is to print out your resume and proofread it that way. Now you may not have a printer or maybe your printer cartridges ran out.
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Find somewhere that you can print your resume and then print a couple extra copies and hand them off to someone that you know has an eye for detail that can also proofread your resume for you. They may see something you missed such as a period or the wrong usage of a word.