Many active job seekers spend countless hours searching and applying to open positions. For some, the application process is easy; yet, the next step seems impossible – securing the job interview! If this situation seems familiar, it might be time to review your resume.
Most often, a resume is the first item that a hiring manager will see prior to meeting you. It’s important that this document is clear, concise and free of grammatical and spelling errors.
Make sure you adhere to the following five rules when drafting your resume:
1. Research states that once a hiring manager opens your resume, you have 10-20 seconds to impress them! Therefore, make sure that your most significant skills and/or related job experience is listed at the top of your resume.
2. Use strategic keywords (such as those listed in the requirements section of the job posting) to showcase your personal achievements. Doing so ensures that you pass online screening software!
3. Do not submit the same resume to every job you’re interested in applying for. Carefully read each job description and make sure that your resume includes the necessary experience and skills required to apply. In addition, do not fabricate any information on your resume. If you do not meet the requirements, or possess the skills necessary to perform the position, continue your job search!
4. Make sure your resume is visually appealing. Use easy-to-read font styles, bullet points and more to create a resume that stands out among the crowd!
5. Avoid using generic statements when crafting your resume. Instead, include numbers and quantitative evidence to highlight your achievements.
In today’s tough economy, creating a flawless resume is imperative. You must demonstrate to hiring managers and prospective employers that you are without-a-doubt the best candidate for the job!