It takes recruiters approximately around 10 seconds on average before they decide if a candidates’ resume goes through or goes to the trash can. With the number of competition each applicant is up against for every job vacancy, you need to have a flawless resume to get through the screening process.
Before starting, remember that you should tailor the resume depending on the industry they’re in and the position they’re applying for. One resume fits all is no longer acceptable when applying for work.
Tailor your resume to the specific position you’re applying for
You’re basically selling yourself on that piece of paper, so mold the information to reflect what your potential employer is looking for.
To be really specific for that specific job vacancy, candidates should study the company’s website or other reading materials they can get hold of about the company they’re applying for. When you thoroughly study a company, you can “mirror” some of their language and values in your resume.
Put your name and contact information first at the top of your resume
Putting this important information on the side or bottom is no longer the norm. Put your name in bold face and/or regular caps and include your full address and home, work (optional), mobile phone numbers, and your e-mail address in bold. Make your name slightly bigger than the rest of the information provided.
You don’t need an objective
Simply put, the objective is to get the job, and to do this, you need to sell yourself well and prove during the interview that you’re the one they need to hire because you can make more money for the company. Objectives tend to be generic and you don’t want a generic resume.
Length will never matter
Gone are the days of the one or two-page resume because the more jobs you have, the more experience you can list, and all the more accomplishments you can list, assuming you did your job well. One-page resumes tend to be generic in nature, and reflect poor performance even for fresh college graduates.
Don’t list your hobbies
In all honesty, not unless your hobbies connect with the job your applying for, leave out your hobbies, even if you’re a fresh college graduate. Hiring managers simply don’t care about your hobbies.
You don’t need to list down your references
If your prospective employer wants to speak to your references, they’ll ask for them. Gone are the days when it was a requirement to list down your references.
Only include relevant work experience.
You can keep your resume focused and you no longer need to include every single job you’ve ever had. Even if they are the truth, it’s not necessary to put too many jobs on your resume, especially if they have nothing to do with the job you want. Resumes are a summary of the most important data, so a part-time job just to pay the bills would not fall into that category.
Use bullet points to list responsibilities and accomplishments, use white space to emphasize job spacing, and put numbers on your accomplishments.
Under each job or experience you’ve had, list your responsibilities and accomplishments in no more than three to five bullet points, emphasizing on accomplishments rather than generic terms like “responsible for.” After each job, leave two or three white spaces so the hiring manager can emphasize when reading each job. Lastly, quantify your accomplishments by putting in numbers such as “increased enrollment through marketing by 50%” or “increased production on the floor by 20% in just three months.”
Keep information about your education short
Your high school and college information is enough. You don’t need to list how many medals you got when you were in elementary.