Do you know hundreds of job seekers seeking to land the same job you are applying for? If you know this, you will handle every process of the job application with seriousness. Nowadays, in the competitive world of job hunting, many other job seekers are likely to be after the same job you are interested in applying for and landing. Bearing this in mind, you should be treating your job search like a full-time job in order to get the results you want. A resume is the record of your educational background, skill, achievement, certifications, work experience, professional achievement, and other details relating to the job. Your resume is your first contact with the company. Therefore, your format and information will play a pivotal role on your chances to land the interview.
Stage 1: Choose the right type of Resume format
Reverse-chronological format – This is the traditional resume style. Most potential employers are familiar with. The downside of this format is that; it is common and not very creative in terms of design.
Combination format – This format is perfect for experienced pros and career changers. The downside of this format is that it is not common and it is not recommended for entry-level job seekers..
Functional format – This resume format is for job seekers that lack experience. It helps emphasize skills. The downside is that HR managers may think there are things you are hiding from them. Most job seekers will prefer to use the reverse chronological resume template.
Stage 2: Add your contact details and information
- Your full name
- Your Phone number
- Your Email address
- Your LinkedIn URL
- Other optional information: address, title and personal website
Don’t add date of birth, alternative email or phone number, and head-shot image.
The summary is best crafted when you are applying for a job in which you are experienced. It is a summary of your qualifications and positions related skills.
Stage 4: List relevant work experiences and achievements
Here is the best resume format:
- First line: Job title (Make it bold so it can be easy to find by the potential employer/ HR manager)
- Second line: Company city and state
- Third line: Date employed (time frame of your work there)
- Key responsibilities
- Key Achievements
- If you are adding more than one job history on your resume, ensure you start from the most recent position.
- Don’t let your responsibilities and achievements exceed six bullet points.
- The experience section should be in bullet points under your heading statement.
Stage 5: List your educational qualification correctly
- Place your highest degree first and add other degrees in reverse-chronological order.
- Add relevant coursework, awards,and honors.
- Add extracurricular activities as an extra finishing touch.
Note: Don’t lie about your education.
Stage 6: Add relevant skills that fit the job you are applying for
Add both your hard skills (specific abilities and technical know-how, e.g., Photoshop) and soft skills (skills you developed yourself or skill life taught you, e.g., listening skill, etc.). Add skills that are relevant to each job description only. Here is a list of the common skills you can add on your resume:
- Communication skill
- Technical skill
- Critical thinking skill
- Organizational skill
- Transferable skill
- Leadership and management skill
Stage 7: Add other sections
- Add your hobbies and interest
- Add your intern experience
- Add your volunteer works
- Add your projects
- Add your certificate and awards
- Add your publications
Stage 8: Proofread and double check your Resume format
Always go through your resume before you start submitting an application to ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Finally, pay attention to the format. make sure it’s clean and professional.
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