Whether you’re starting out or progressing in an already established career, having a stellar resume that stands out from the crowd is essential when applying for a new job.
This is because your resume is the first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will see and while they’ll primarily use it to gauge your education, skills and experience and filter applicants accordingly, it’s also your opportunity to create a great first impression before you’re even called for an interview.
According to data compiled by online resume builder Zety, on average you need to send between 30 and 50 resumes to get hired, and only 10% of job applications result in interview invites.
Bespoke is best
On the surface, your resume should be all about you, but if you really want to highlight how suitable you are, use the job description of the position you’re applying for as your blueprint to create a bespoke resume tailored to the job. It’s more time-consuming but it’s a great way to adapt and map your information to specify how your skills and experience can benefit the company.
Instead of submitting a simple Times New Roman doc, think of how you can create a resume that visually appeals through creative use of font, colour, design and images, especially if you’re applying for a role in a creative field or industry. There are lots of free templates available online that can help you do this, but keep in mind that you don’t want the design to detract from your information, so keep the design streamlined.
Highlight what you’ve accomplished
The easiest way to highlight your accomplishments and really show off how much of an asset you can be, is to be specific. For example, instead of saying, “increased sales” or “consistently exceeded targets”, quantify your achievements with data. “Increased sales by 75%” or “exceeded target by 40%” shows exactly what you are capable of.
Keep it brief
You might worry that leaving information out of your resume might hurt your chances, but editing your information down to two pages is essential. In data compiled by project management software app TeamStage, the average resume is 489 words and the average time spent reading a resume is just six to seven seconds.
This especially applies to work experience: it’s best to look at ways past jobs apply to the role you’re applying for and only list relevant details and accomplishments that will resonate, rather than giving an extensive backstory. And don’t forget to proofread your resume before sending it anywhere—typos and poor grammar are an immediate red flag.
Add a summary
Even if you follow our advice and keep it brief, adding a short summary at the start of your resume is a great way to help the person sifting through dozens of applications narrow down their shortlist along the way. No longer than three sentences, your summary should include details about skills (particularly soft skills like time management and teamwork), your career goals and what you can bring to the role.
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