Everyone tells you that it’s important to start your resume with a powerful introduction that makes a strong first impression. And it’s true! Employers are busy getting hundreds of resumes for most positions, which means standing out is vital. A resume is like your file on which you carry your life, and so, making it exceptional from others is a must. If you’re looking for a job and don’t know where to start with your resume, keep reading. It’s a tough job market, so you have to be unique with your resume. Here are some tips to make your resume stand out:
Your personal statement is the first thing an employer sees when they open your resume, meaning that getting it right and unique is vital if you want them to read on. Focus on covering who you are, what you can offer, and what your career goals are – referring back to the job description to help you identify the specific skills the employer is looking for. Try not to brag too much.
In general, recruiters try to figure out what a candidate’s current status is. Most importantly, what is the most recent experience of the candidate and if it is relevant to the position for which they are hiring. So, it would be great if you put your most recent work in the first place. Then it will easily catch the recruiters’ attention.
Candidates should be vigilant to ensure that the actual important keywords contained in the job advertisement are represented on your resume. For example, if you are applying for a teacher’s post, then you should add your teaching experience. But this experience would not be applicable, if you are applying to a corporate office. Keep it authentic. And only use the most related keywords related to the job post.
Employers are risk-averse. They want to be very sure that they don’t make a mistake when hiring. Therefore, one of the most powerful things you can do is to provide evidence, right up front in your resume introduction, that you will be a good choice.
Don’t add experiences that are not suitable for the post you are applying for. It will leave a negative impression.
Formatting of the resume:
When you are applying for a job, it is very much important to make sure the correct use of spelling and grammar. To ensure common grammar mistakes or typos aren’t holding you back, always read your resume thoroughly before submitting it. If needed, proofread your resume from someone who is more experienced.
Your resume won’t stand out if you don’t get the basics right. So, in addition to the above points, it’s vital to write a resume that’s clear, concise, and to-the-point.
Make your resume a magnet of attention, by making it appear larger, more colorful, more mysterious than the bland and timid masses. Never let your resume get lost in the crowd, or buried in oblivion.
Eshrat Zafrin, Intern/ YSSE