Create a Killer Resume and Cover Letter

Write a job-winning resume in 2021

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Are you ready to apply for a new job?

Then you have to learn to write a resume that gets you hired. And yes, we know, writing a resume is the worst because you have to sort through the information you have to include and pick the bits that convince the employer that you’re the ideal candidate for their position. And what’s most disturbing is that all articles you find online contain conflicting recommendations. While some will tell you to keep your resume to one page max, others recommend writing at least three pages to include your entire experience. What should you do? 

Well, this article won’t get into a list of strategies you need to use when you write the resume, but provide you with some tips to help you avoid making a mistake that can deter the employers away. 

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Resume mistakes 95% of candidates make

The greatest number of resumes that land on the recruiter’s desk are thrown into the trash because they violate a simple rule. When they receive the resume, the first thing they look for is mistakes. They don’t look for fantastic resumes, but they want them to look professional and use proper grammar. 

Research shows that creating a highly effective resume should include three main elements: quantitative results, a simple design, and a quirky interests section. Click To Tweet

Mistake number one – sloppy language with many typos, spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. Before you send the resume, have it reviewed by three different sources, a friend, a professional, and spell-checking software. Spell check is covered when you write the resume in Google Docs. It would be wise to hire a professional editor to review the document before sending it to the recruiter. 

Mistake number two – your summary is too long and formal. You don’t want to write a summary made of paragraphs that explain why you’re a driven, results-oriented worker. The recruiter will only see a block of text that says the same thing as all the other resumes. You need to create an effective summary that works like a bullet and showcases the most relevant experience that recommends you for the role. 

Mistake number three – it includes too many buzz words. Terms like driven team player make recruiters cringe because your attempt to catch their attention sounds like all the other ones they read. Write the resume in a natural style, use bullets and include quantitative results when needed. Focus on the results you achieved. 

Mistake number four – having a too-long resume. The average recruiter spends around six seconds reviewing the resume, and they don’t usually read what’s on the second page. So, it would help if you increased the margins, decrease the font, and cut down the experience irrelevant for the position. 

The elements of a resume that gets you hired should include

Research shows that creating a highly effective resume should include three main elements: quantitative results, a simple design, and a quirky interests section. 

Let’s talk about each of them. 

Quantitative results

Surprisingly, most resumes lack quantitative results, and they’re exactly the element that draws attention. It’s a shame to neglect to include the data because research shows that these details always make the difference between a resume that lands an interview and one that gets to the trash. 

Employers don’t want resumes that sound copied from the internet, but resumes tell them what they should expect if they hire you. For example, if you go in-house marketing strategies for your current job, tell the employer how they work, measure them, and the ROI before and after you land the strategies. 

Your resume should talk about your daily activities, but they should focus on the results and include measurable metrics and achievements to showcase your value for their company. When you include data and measurable metrics in your resume, you should use PDFChef tools to convert and split the document into sections to ensure that the recruiter receives the resume in the shape you create it, and downloading it doesn’t alter its formatting.   

 A simple design that hooks the recruiter

These days everyone thinks that they need to stand out from the crowd. Recruiters see hundreds of resumes that overhaul from video resumes to heavy graphic-detailed resumes and even resumes hidden in boxes of candies. They may work in some specific cases, but you aim for a strategy that works all the times. The format that pleases the recruiter all times is a black and white template that consists of the following sections, in this exact order: 

– Summary or objective

– Experience

– Education

– Volunteer work

– Skills and interests

This is the most familiar template recruiters work with, and they find it easier to digest it. They scan the resume for 6 seconds to decide if you’re a good candidate, and if it comes in an unfamiliar form, they may not even have a glimpse at it. 

The summary can hook them up. You should do it in bullets and not paragraph form, and it should include three or four highlights of your experience relevant for the position. 

The interests section should be relatable, unique, and quirky

This is a hack you can use to build a personal connection with the recruiter reading your resume. Most resumes have a skills section that often doesn’t offer enough value to make it stand out. But research tells that people rely on emotions, not information, to make decisions, and recruiters make no exception to this rule. 

Brands always use this principle because they try to trigger an emotional response through their advertisements. You should apply the same tactic when you create your resume and try to invoke an emotional response from the recruiter. 

What should you mention in the interests section? It can be anything from the gym to cryptocurrencies, reading and cooking. Choose the one subject that can start be a conversation starter with someone you meet for the first time. Let’s say that you loved your vacation to Thailand. You can let the recruiter know you love travelling to exotic places like Thailand. 

Now you know what makes your resume stand out from the crowd, and you’re ready to land the job of your dreams. 

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