Can you imagine sitting at your desk as an employer, with literally hundreds of resumes to sift through relative to a vacancy posted by your company?
The number of vacancies equals 1, and number of applications received are a mile high on the desk.
As an employer it is your responsibility to select the most deserving, suitable and competent candidate. So it is up to the candidate to attract the employer’s attention from out of those hundreds of resume applications. As such, writing a resume is all about knowing what employers specifically look for in an application. Therefore, never, ever, make the mistake of underestimating the importance of an “eye-catching resume”.
Now, a good and a perfect resume is not a magic wand, nor has it anything to do with having gone to the most elite school or any exceptional work experience. A blue collar worker may have a exceptional CV, while the resume of a white collar professional may have a poorly written one. A good resume is your first step in the door of a good job and you must understand that it is your initial representation to an employer that will potentially get you over the line. Remember, a resume centers round the detailed info about a candidate which is truthful, brief and to the point; not something that is exaggerated or unnecessarily long.
There are certain things that a good and perfect curriculum vita has within its set margins.
1. First of all, decide the format of your resume, whether you want it to be in a functional or chronological format.
2. Write your resume using active verbs.
3. Highlight your skills and objectives making these standout as your resume headline.
4. Be specific about your professional background. If you are an experienced person, mention your tenure with previous employers and in the event you have lesser experience then highlight your professional qualifications.
5. Define your current pay scale and don’t forget to mention your expected new salary range.
6. If your CV is targeted towards a specific career path or employer, then you must know all their requirements and mention them in your resume very clearly. Research and know the qualities that will prove to be beneficial to the employer and think about how your capabilities match those qualities.
7. Be particular to provide every minute personal detail and highlight your contact details.
8. Be professional, concise, brief and clean and refrain from being too flashy with your resume design.
9. Stick to writing one page cover letter as far as possible.
10. Last but not the least, be sure to check and re-check your resume once you are done writing it, it needs to be one hundred percent accurate.
Remember, the objective of your resume is to unleash your accomplishments and qualifications to the potential employer.
Think of it as a promotional brochure, a pamphlet displaying your organisational and career skills, as well as an invitation to entertain the idea of hiring you.