A resume is essentially your professional life experience all consolidated into a single document. Upon entering the workforce, you will need a resume to apply for new jobs. This is your chance to showcase your skills to recruiters and prove why you are better qualified and well suited for the position rather than other candidates competing for the role. Regardless of the experience and skills that you currently possess, little adjustments to your resume can go along way to improving your profile and boosting your chances of being considered. Here are 8 top tips to improve your resume.
Excel your education
A simple but effective way of amplifying your resume is to ace your education. By scoring high grades, you can attain awards of merit and excellence which can be added to your resume. Your high grades can also lead to receiving scholarships which is a notable feature in any resume, demonstrating your level of intelligence and diligence. To guarantee higher grades it is worth doing tutoring on services such as Cluey Learning or skilling up on sites like Udemy. Since the sessions are online, this means that each class is private where you can learn face-to-face with expert tutors. You will also be able to learn around your own pace and schedule and be well on your way to achieving higher marks!
Cut out the excess
Although you may think all the experience and information on your is important, you recruiter may think otherwise. Ensure that you delete anything that is 'unnecessary'. This means any experience that is no longer relevant to your industry doesn't need to go on your resume. If you have experiences listed from decades back, the skills that you learnt within the roles are more likely to be outdated and no longer relevant within the technological changes of today's workplace.
Presentation may seem like a trivial tip but makes a big difference when a recruiter is looking through thousands of resumes within their candidate pool. Ensure that the font you use must be eligible and easily read. Use a professional style when selecting fonts, underlines and borders. Add colour by shading the heading to give the reader a visual break from the black and white text.
Gain more experience
If you seem to be lacking in experience relating your industry but not yet secured a position within the field, take up some volunteering instead. Rather than the common forms of volunteering such as asking for donations and planting trees, you can volunteer to perform administration, marketing, nursing or other jobs within your industry. Although you won't be getting paid, you will be obtaining quality work experience that you can add onto your resume. You can also gain business and management skills by organising and managing a school, university or community event where you can put your skills into use as well as benefit the community.
Pop out your contact details
Make sure that your contact details can easily be spotted on your resume. It should be placed on the very top of your resume and include your name, email, phone number, home address and LinkedIn address. The font should be larger and different from the body of the text, to make your contact details pop out even more.
Avoid writing a career objective
If your career objective is left field from the job that you plan to apply for, the recruiter may think that you don't have the right organisational fit for the company. Rather than a career objective, you should rather briefly summarise your current position and related prior experiences and accomplishments.
Break up the text
Blocks of text can be tedious and cumbersome to read. Your resume isn't an essay but more so a simple fact sheet about yourself. Use bullet points to make it easier for the recruiter to read the information and give breaks within your resume to avoid massive continuous blocks of text. You will also need to included spaces that break up the paragraphs, so your information can be more easily processed and read. Ensure that your layout remains consistent throughout your entire resume to remain professional.
Focus on skills and accomplishments
Avoid listing responsibilities and duties and focus on the skills that you gained from each experience. The skills that you have developed can be transferred into different or new roles. You will also need to list your accomplishments from each role you have taken within the role. If you have achieved high results in academics or contributed to achieving a high sales outcome for your precious company, you will need to express your success in the most effective way possible. By using percentages and numerical figures to showcase your accomplishments, this will increase the credibility of your resume.
Whether you have little or plentiful amounts of work experience, it's never too early or late to fix up your resume for it to stand out to your recruiter. What tips will you use to enhance your resume to successfully step into the recruitment process?
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