To get the interview, you first have to nail the resume.
First impressions are a big deal, and, more often than not, your resume is your first introduction, so it’s imperative that you stand out. And one of the best ways to do that? Understanding the differences between a good resume and a bad one.
Whether you’re putting together your first resume or simply need help revamping an old one, here are a few tips and tricks to help you land a killer position.
1—Accomplishments for the win. You should always include an experience section in any (and all) resumes. But, what you shouldn’t do, within this section, is put a bland, bulleted list of the daily tasks that you were required to do in each position you’ve held.
Employers don’t want to see what anyone in that position would have done; they want to see what you did, and you want to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. The easiest way to do that is to scratch the job description and write down what you accomplished, rather than what you were told to do.
2—Fit for the job. Between filling out applications and creating individualized cover letters, it’s easy to see why so many people skimp on the idea of writing separate resumes as well. But, doing so could be the last push your prospective employer needs to finally contact you.
One of the most important things to do when applying for a position is looking at the job description. Companies will almost always give you, word for word, what prior experience and skills they expect to see listed on your resume. You can then tailor each of your professional, personal and volunteer experiences to fit the needs of that company.
3—Pack a punch. Long paragraphs describing every detail of your past experiences is a definite no-no. Instead, compact everything into concise bullet points that tell your employer everything they need to know and nothing more.
The biggest thing, besides creating a clear and concise list of everything you accomplished, is to put said accomplishments and actions into context. Make sure your sentences have an impact, and that they point out why, how or what result from your actions led to within the company you worked for.
The first time that you create a resume, it’s probably going to be complete trash. But, let’s be honest, it happens to everyone. Resumes can be tricky because, while there are templates and references that you can look at, there isn’t a strict guideline that you have to adhere to, as each one is specific to the individual that is creating it.
Do you have any specific tips or tricks that you follow when writing your resumes or cover letters? Let us know in the comments below!