Resume is most important document which showcase you ability and skill to a recruiter and hiring manager and it is also a key to open the door of success in your career and to get the job you are looking for.
Whether you are fresher who is just starting your career or a seasoned professional with more than 10 years of experience, you must give due importance and your valuable attention in creating this very important document.
Resume create the very first impression about you and your skills in the mind of a busy recruiter who will just give 4-5 seconds to scan your resume and if your resume do not create the right impression then the chances are you not getting shortlisted for first round of telephonic / face to face interview, hence utmost importance need to given while preparing for your resume.
Below I have listed 10 tips which you should keep in mind while preparing your resume, so let start.
1. Create Right Image: The image you will create with your resume must match the salary and responsibility level that you are aiming for. Creating right image with your resume is step important step of writing your resume. Do not ignore it.
2. No Spelling or Grammar Mistakes, please: Every employer out there values accuracy and attention to detail. So before you save your resume (or even worse, send it) check it over again. And again. Then get someone else to check it for you. Make sure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes, it's written in a consistent tone and tense, and above all, the information is correct.
3. Use Right Format: A great resume in right format will go a long way towards getting your ideal job. A poor one is a sure way to miss out on it. There's no doubt that you will do everything possible to be the best candidate you can be. Make sure that your resume is the best it can be too.
4. Make Customized Resume: Writing a great resume does not necessarily mean you should follow the rules you hear through the grapevine. It does not have to be two or three page or follow a specific resume format. Every resume is a one-of-a-kind marketing communication. It should be appropriate to your situation and do exactly what you want it to do and you can always customize it for the job you are applying instead of just sending the same resume to all job types.
5. Get a Second Opinion: Even if you think you resume is looking healthy, it would be a good idea to get a second and third opinion about it. We usually become blind to our own mistakes or way of reasoning, so another people will be in a good position to evaluate the overall quality of your resume and make appropriate suggestion.
6. Avoid Confusions in Your Resume: It’s always to be very and accurate what you are mentioning in your resume and anything which confuses a recruiter or hiring manager should be avoided. For example If you have a gender neutral name like Alex or Ryan make sure to include the Mr. or Ms. prefix, so that employers will not get confused about your gender.
7. Mention Relevant Information Only: If you never had any real professional qualifications, just include your summer jobs or volunteer work. If you don’t have a degree yet, mention the title and the estimated date for completion. As long as those points are relevant to the job in question, it does not matter if they are official or not. Adding relevant information is important to make your resume look right match for the job you are aiming for.
8. Mention Relevant Experience Only: If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them. Mentioning that you used to work part time in book store when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.
9. Avoid Silly Statements: There are many people who include silly statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it’s very much clear that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think you are kidding.
10. Use Proper Font & Size: Your resume should be clear and easy to read for the recruiter and hiring manager you need to make sure that your fonts are proper and in right size. The smaller you should go is 11 points, but 12 is probably safer. Do not use capital letters all over the place; remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices.
If you keep in mind above mention 10 tips while preparing your resume, I am sure it will make a right impression in front of recruiter and hiring managers and you will have more chance to get shortlisted for the interview you are awaiting for.
So don’t wait just open your current resume and check that above tips are implemented to make your resume the right one.