Getting ahead in the jobs market is becoming increasingly hard as more and more of us are chasing the same jobs. Whether you work in the health and fitness sector, finance or marketing, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get your foot in the door, let alone get your resume seen.
You need a resume that gets you noticed, a resume that helps you stand out from the crowd and a resume that puts you at the top of the interview list. Without this kind of resume, it’s going to be an uphill battle. Get yourself noticed with our top tips for creating the perfect one and see how far it will take you.
Keep It Professional
Though you love what you do and you’re desperate to get on the payroll that doesn’t mean you should do anything to get there and that includes creating a resume that isn’t truthful. Similarly, don’t produce something that looks half hearted, rushed and like you haven’t spent a lot of time on it.
As hard as it sounds, your resume is what a potential employee will see first and will make that initial judgement on. You simply won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
The easiest way to create your rocking resume is to use a template. It helps to take some of the guesswork out of how to prevent your design and where to place various elements. They will help place your education, skills and experience in such a way that makes it easy for readers to get a good grasp of who you are and your life story in employment.
Take your time in the planning of your resume, this is the bit where leaving yourself plenty of space before the job application closes is going to pay dividends.
You, In A Nutshell
Next, turn your attention to the part of the resume that really sums up who you are and the values you hold dear; it’s you in a nutshell. The summary statement tells the employer exactly who they are getting but more than that, exactly what value you will add to the company. If you’re not sure how to write a summary statement then ask around, find a resource or employ an outside service but make sure to get it right.
A word of warning: you don’t need to repeat the same summary statement for each job application. In fact if you do, that will quickly end in disaster. Tailor and highlight your skills for each job you’re applying for, if you don’t your reader will quickly work out you’ve gone for a generic option rather than read the job specification in detail. This, in turn, gives you edge as a candidate worth taking seriously.
Check The Basics
You may not have the most amazing writing ability or be hot on grammar but your resume should be. You should not even let one error through. The reason is that you will, quite simply, be marked down. A resume with errors speaks of sloppy practices, not enough care or attention paid when it mattered most. How would that look if you were hired? Are you someone that can be relied upon not to let even little mistakes get through?
There are several ways you can address this, by using a proofreader tool going through your resume for you or asking a friend with a great eye for detail, or maybe both. Either way check and check again. Resume experts will tell you right off the bat that a poorly worded resume, slips to the bottom of the pile all too easily.
Think Outside The Resume Box
As mentioned up post, lying on your resume is never an option. It really is only a matter of time before you get found out and that one’s going to be a hard one to explain away to any future employers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative in your presentation of the facts, particularly if you do have gaps or feel you might be lacking in one or two key areas.
For example if you haven’t been in education for a few years but want to demonstrate that you’re still interested in active learning then highlight any learning opportunities you’ve taken part in outside the formal education system and make your ongoing commitment to learning very clear.
If you need to show experience but again, lack in this area then it might be worth holding free sessions in your field to demonstrate how you created training experiences for yourself; this is particularly beneficial for those working in the field of personal training and sports nutrition.
You’ll also need to talk about your hard and soft skills, an area that can be overlooked in the traditional resume but that features more and more on modern versions.
Your hard skills are where you demonstrate how you reach all the requirements of the person specification. The job needs PowerPoint skills, you did that a part of your last job - make it clear. That’s a hard skill.
Soft skills on the other hand are slightly more intangible but nevertheless need a real life example to back them up. For instance if you know you’re amazing at negotiating between client and company, write about a time that your negotiation skills were put to use and what the tangible outcome was. You’re effectively trying to add value to your resume and make yourself indispensable. Where you can, always back both hard and soft skills with checkable facts and figures.
Creating the right resume is time consuming and detailed, it needs you to try and sell all your great experience and highlight just how well qualified for the job but more than that, how you will be the perfect fit for the team and fully understand the company culture.
Get it right and your resume will pop. That job you’re looking for will no longer be a distant dream and Monday mornings will never be the same again.