EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BUILD A PERFECT RESUME

By Rohan Sharma

“Your resume says a lot about you,it determines whether you will be called for an interview or not”

WHAT IS AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

An effective resume lays out a summary of qualifications that will push the hiring manager or employer to move forward and invite you to interview for the position.

As well as details on skills, education, and work history, resumes can also have optional sections, such as an objectivesummary statementskills, or career highlights. Those sections can be added after you’ve compiled all the factual information you need to list on your resume.

For many people, it can be helpful to sit down with a pen and paper, or a blank Word document, and jot down their work history from start to finish. Of course, if you have been in the workforce for many years, this is not going to be time-efficient, so you may choose to focus on your most prominent and relevant positions.

IMPORTANCE OF AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

Resume is an important tool for your job search because it offers a page or two where you can display your top skills and qualities. However, a resume is much more than that. Resumes help employers make hiring decisions and help you get your first interview. That’s why it matters how you structure your resume and what information you decide to include. In this article, you’ll learn why a resume is important and get actionable resume tips that may help you achieve your next career move.

10 TIPS TO MAKE AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

1. Don’t over-complicate things.

Unless you are in the creative industry, all a resume truly needs is the four sections: Summary of Qualifications, Education and Certifications, Work Experience and Technical Skills

2. Don’t be generic.

Including a list of overused words like ‘hardworking’, ‘team player’ and ‘ambitious’ are an easy way to make a hiring manager’s eyes glaze over.

3. Include big achievements.

Include specific details about what you achieved in former roles using power words like, ‘launched’, ‘influenced’, ‘increased/decreased.’

4. Don’t use resume templates or tables.

Resumes in tables are notoriously hard to change without ruining the formatting.

5. Keep it short.

Most people lose interest after two pages. Since the average hiring manager spends only six seconds on each resume they review; you need to be as concise as possible. One exception: longer resumes are common in IT.

6. Remove irrelevant or outdated experience.

Avoid including anything that occurred over 15 years ago, if you can avoid it.

7. Don’t lie or over embellish.

It will come back to bite you. Just don’t do it. Check out the top mistakes to avoid.

8. State your most important points first.

Be sure to mention your degree in your summary of qualifications to make sure hiring managers don’t overlook it.

9. Make it readable and printable.

Times New Roman or Arial font, no smaller than 11 point. Set your margins no less than .5 inches all around and don’t change the page setup from Letter size paper. Despite the evolution of technology, a lot of recruiters still print resumes.

10. Tailor it to the job.

Match the skills you list to the ones your potential employer is looking for.

Here’s an example

Follow such simple yet perfect tips to build a strong resume and stand out amongst the crowd

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Rohan is a software developer and has worked at one of the leading brands in tech. Having an inclination towards helping young students achieve career success, he started his journey at Stride Ahead. In his free time Rohan can be found strumming his guitar, sketching or reading the latest developments in the crypto market.

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