Create a Killer Resume and Cover Letter

6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

What determines if a resume is effective? Your resume is effective if it gets you the interview.

Need help writing your resume or CV? Your resume is your most important job search tool and it can be quite difficult to write if this is the first time you’ve created your resume. Start with researching resume tips so that you can determine a proper resume format, keywords, specifying an objective and other key points that are necessary to make your resume noticed by hiring managers.

1. The Right Resume Format

Above all, your resume should be created in a format that is relative to your industry and job. Do a search on your job or industry and look at resume samples. Being concentrated on one position gives you more opportunities of finding exactly what you need. Take a look at Resume Formats.

2. Research the Proposed Position

Before you sit in an interview chair, spend some time gaining some valuable background information.  You’ll collect this information by researching the company (an hour on your laptop should do the trick). Take a look at 6 Job Search Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make as well as Job Interview Prep.Before submitting a resume, find out more details about the organization and the vacancy they offer. If you want your resume to be chosen among the hundreds of others, try to make it fit the position you are applying for as much as possible.

3. Don’t Add an Objective

Objective statements are outdated and pointless. Unless the employer specifically asks for one there is no need to include one. They tend to be pedantic, largely meaningless, and they take up precious real estate on your single page of space that you need to use to fill with all of your relevant skills and qualifications. This might be a bit of an unusual resume tip, since some employers are quite attached to their opening statements, but they rarely contribute anything to your chances at an interview. 

4. Use Keywords in Your Application and Resume

If you want to be found by hiring managers, include keywords that are in the job descriptions in any job application. That will increase your chances of getting the desired interview. It’s also important to include keywords in your resume.   There is a “rule” for keywords. Take a look at job descriptions for posted jobs that match your qualifications. What are the keywords that are used in the job postings? Are those words on your resume? Ensure your resume and cover letters include the keywords that are likely to appear on the job descriptions for your dream job.

5. Customize

There are a huge number of resume templates out there, and chances are that you’re using one of them or a sample resume of some sort if you’re reading this. Don’t feel the need to fill in every bit of information that a template asks for if you don’t think that it’s relevant to the application. Also, if there is something you’d like to mention that doesn’t fit in the proffered template, don’t hesitate to reformat it to suit your needs and reflect your accomplishments as well as possible. These tools exist to assist you, no to constrain you.

6. Provide a Summary of Your Qualifications and Work Experience

Your summary of qualifications should closely match the job description for any roles you are considering. Summary of qualifications that are aligned with the opportunity helps to persuade the recruiting manager That you are a good fit for the role.

We’ve mentioned both resumes and Curriculum Vitae as support for you applications. What is the difference? The primary difference is the length, the layout and the purpose. A resume is usually a 1 or 2-page document, more often it is a one-page document that is presented as a brief summary of your experience and skills. Resumes can be tailored to every job position you are applying for. The CV is a document which contains an overview of your full working career. It can be written to cover more than two pages and is organized chronologically. The CV doesn’t change for each position. It should be mentioned that CVs are most commonly used in Europe, while people in the USA and Canada would prefer a resume to a CV when applying for a job.

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