How to Write a Good Resume
Steps to write Resume:-
We always think that we know to write a good resume – but when it comes to crafting that career-furthering snapshot of our professional lives, most of us lack the insights to be able to transform a good resume into a actually great resume.
Having a polished, succinct and professional resume makes a crucial difference to our chances of being invited for that all-important interview. To help get you noticed and on the shortlist, here’s our guide to on how to write a good resume that stands head and shoulders above the rest.
ONE STEP AT A TIME:-
Step 1 : Your Summary Statement
Every professional resume starts with a strong summary statement. This is a short description of who you are professionally that includes a brief list of your top skills and knowledge.
Your summary statement is the first thing that recruiters will notice. So use of it as your big chance to catch someone’s attention. You also wish to show hiring leaders that you’re a perfect fit for the job. You can do this by using the skills and keywords that are in the job description in your summary statement – just make sure you only use those that reflect your experience (no exaggerating or lying on your resume!).
Your statement can be written in either sentence form or bullet-point form and should be short, but effective – no more than 3 sentences or bullet points; it should also contain the following information:
- Your professional title
- Top 3-4 skills
- Specific expertise, professional traits, acheivement
Step 2 : Your Skill Section
The skills section – often called the “Qualifications” or “Areas of Expertise” section – of your resume is a list of your top skills. This section of your resume is your chance to showcase your abilities to recruiters in a quick and easy-to-read way.
Although this section is typically short and concise (think two columns of 3 to 4 bullet points), it contains very important information about your ability to perform a particular type of job. Hiring managers should be able to scan your resume and find this list of skills quickly. Here are a few helpful tips for creating a skills section that will get you noticed.
- Focus your skills to the job : This is one of the best ways to customize your resume for the job you are applying to. Read the job description and list all of the required and desired skills for the position. Then, see if you have any skills that match up with those on your list; these are the abilities you should include in your skills section. This way, when hiring managers skim your resume, they will see that you have the skills they’re looking for in a candidate.
- Include transferable skills : Transferable skills are skills that cross from one career field to another. These skills can be applied to a variety of positions. Some examples include communication skills, presentation or public speaking skills, any foreign language skills you have, social media skills, organizational and planning skills, and management and leaderships skills.
- Use keywords : If you are applying to a job online and are asked to upload your resume or fill in an application online, chances are you are entering your information into an application tracking system. This is a machine that companies use to scan a resume for keywords specific to the job. Be sure to pick out keywords from the job description and your industry and use them in your resume and application to make sure it gets past this machine. Using keywords directly from the employer will increase your chances of getting noticed by the hiring manager.
Step 3: Employment history
Outline your career history, beginning with your current or most recent role, listing your job title, employer name, dates of employment, responsibilities and skills acquired, and highlighting your achievements.
Choose only your key responsibilities and achievements, and tailor them so they’re relevant to the specific job for which you’re applying.
Use active verbs rather than nouns or passive verbs, e.g. ‘Managed and delivered key projects on time and within budget’ rather than ‘Projects were delivered on time and within budget’ or just ‘Project management’.
Step 4: Education & Training
List your highest qualification first.
Unless you’re only recently out of college, there’s no need to list your secondary school qualifications in much detail (if at all).
List the institute name, years you attended and qualifications gained.
Step 5: Hobbies & Interests
A short snapshot works best here, to reflect your personality without going into much detail.
Avoid listing overly personal or mundane hobbies and interests. If you don’t have any interesting hobbies, it’s better to leave this section out altogether.
Step 6: Contact Details
Include your full name, address, phone numbers, email address and, if relevant, your LinkedIn and Twitter account names, ideally as hyperlinks.
Only use a professional-sounding email address, and avoid ones that sound too casual or which use nicknames such as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or email@example.com or similar☺.
We recommend leaving out your date of birth, unless it’s relevant to the role.
Step 6: References:
It’s always advisable, especially if space is an issue, to indicate that references are available upon request or leave this section out altogether. Your referees would generally only be contacted if your application progresses, and in this case you should contact them to let them know that the hiring manager or recruiter will be in touch.
If you are asked to include references with your application, provide the names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers of your two main referees. Wherever possible, choose former managers, or people in positions of responsibility in your former workplaces or industry, rather than family members or friends.
By following this basic structure when you write your resume, you’ll give yourself the best chance of success when applying for any job.
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