The job market is competitive now more than ever before given our economy, the rise of an educated and experienced population, and the domino effects of the recession. Given these factors, what does it take to make your Resume- not your CV (major difference) – a cut above the rest? Below are a few factors to take into consideration when building and/or revamping your Resume:
- Tailor it to the company and job being applied to– in less than 5 seconds, it can be discerned whether the Resume submitted is generic, or not. Making the extra effort to ensure that your document stands out can be the difference between a call back, or a quick flip into the rejection bin. If you don’t make the effort to tailor your work so they know more about who you are and what you have to offer, why should they want to know the same?
- Format it succinctly and concisely- in a way that allows it to flow, and that tells your professional story; a sample flow of section headings is as follows (this format would be for a mid-to-senior level professional):
– Professional Summary
– Core Competencies/Deliverables
– Professional Experience
– Trainings and Certifications (if applicable)
- Proofread- proofread, proofread…this cannot be underscored enough. Your Resume is a representation of your best professional self on paper- it brands you without them knowing you. If your best self is a document filled with typos or grammatically incorrect sentences, how will that carelessness or indifference reflect on the companies brand if you were to represent them in writing? Again, proofread.
- Use an updated Resume design- ensure that the structure and design of the Resume is not antiquated. Use a design that is modern and sleek yet not distracting, to convey your ability to evolve with the techological times. How your document appears matters, and is a form of communication prior to them even reading it.
The Resume writing process can be taxing, time-consuming, exciting, exhausting, frustrating, and rewarding. Though it is filled with multiple emotions, what matters most is that call-back, and that one “yes.” The time put in now cannot be compared to that job offer and financial returns later. Put in the time, do the work, be attentive to every word and detail- make it count.