First impression is everything when it comes to job seeking. When an employer looks for possible candidates to hire for a specific position within their company, their first impression of you is formed by your resume, and resume only. So once you’ve got them hooked, how are you going to reel them in? Statistics show you have less than 10 seconds to capture the interest of your potential employer.
A neat and tidy resume promotes a professional and well-organized appearance.
Your contact information should include the best possible way for you to be reached. When employers are shifting through hundreds, even thousands of resumes, they do not have the time to leave a voicemail message for each person they call. The candidates who actually answer the call and respond quickly are most likely to get an interview. Make sure your voicemail greeting and email addresses are both professional.
Job Title and Summary
Include the job title you are applying for in the heading of your resume. Include a detailed description of your professional experience, qualities, and knowledge of the industry within your description, making sure to match the job responsibilities of the position you are seeking. Often, large companies sift through resumes electronically by scanning the summary paragraph. If your resume does not contain key words describing the new position, your resume could get thrown out.
Summarize your previous experience by bullet pointing your most admirable job responsibilities and accomplished tasks. Include achievements and additional information that made you valuable to the company. Keep your bullet points concise and to the point, limiting them to no more than ten per previous position. Avoid using words such as “responsible for” or “in charge of”. They are stagnant words and do not portray that you actually accomplished the mission at hand. Instead, use action words like “lead a team of 10”, “increased sales variance”, or “managed the project”.
Make sure to list any related skills, awards, certifications, and knowledge pertaining to the position. Highlight your expertise displaying your ability to perform the job well.
Keep your resume limited to 2 pages, including references. Alert your designated references that you are applying for jobs so that they are not caught off guard with an unexpected phone call. You want your references to be prepared because employers rely on them to get a good picture of your work ethic and attributions.
Rejection is difficult. Keep in mind that for every interview you attend; the more experience you gain.