In today’s economy and job market, it’s not enough to just have a resume to apply to applicable positions for; you need to have an outstanding resume. Though the job market has always been a competitive one in which to apply, today-more than ever-there are simply more people applying for the same jobs, by the thousands. This is why you need a resume that is better-and here’s how to build a better resume.
1.Be Concise One of the biggest mistakes that applicants make is that they include all the information of their last ten years of employment and education-without cutting anything out. Many people still believe that more is better-and if you have also subscribed to this notion, this is why you probably aren’t getting the positive feedback that you have hoped for. So, this said, be sure to include only the most important responsibilities, achievements, and skills; and make sure that every sentence is quality information. Moreover, know that a hiring manager will be able to tell that you are trying to fluff up your resume with more information that is just extraneous.
2.Be Relevant Secondly, ensure that when choosing which information in your career qualifications to include in your resume, and how to include it-include only information that is directly or even indirectly related to the career to which you are applying. So, if you applying to be an Advertising Executive, you shouldn’t list that you are certified to be a lifeguard. Make sure that you qualifications and experience listed is as relevant as possible to the career and industry that you are seeking a position in. The only exception to this rule is in your employment history. Employers expect you to list the last ten years of your employment history-to include positions that have not been necessarily related to the position that you presently seek.
3.Demonstrate How When discussing responsibilities and achievements in your resume, don’t just tell an employer that you have done them or been a part of them-but tell them with specifics, and demonstrate how. Employers want to see that you knew how to apply the achievement or skill-and it also shows that you are not just telling them what they want to hear-that you do actually have these skills.
4.Use Action Words Make sure when describing your achievements, skills, and experience that you use action words to introduce each point. This helps your career worth pop when employers are seeking active employees.
5.Use the Correct Resume Format Also key, but often overlooked, is the resume format that you use to describe your particular career qualifications. Though many people think that there is only one format for resumes-the chronological format-there are a couple other formats that might suit your experience better for career success. There is the functional format that focuses attention on your skills and achievements; and the combination format that focuses on both skills and employment history. The combination format is helpful to applicants that have stellar employment history and a range of marketable skill sets. The functional format is best for those who may have a scattered or inconsistent employment history.