Your resume says a lot about you. Even before the job interview, if you are shortlisted, the interviewer already has a perception about you, based on the information available on your resume.
Hence the reason why you can’t afford to do a shoddy work on your resume. There are tons of people who have lost incredible opportunities because they could not properly structure their resume on request.
Here are several things you need to do when preparing your resuming:
Firstly, gather all your information, write down your previous work experiences; anything that can give you a competitive edge over the competition is important. Your leadership roles, projects handled and/or completed, volunteer and any other thing that would worthy to share with your employer.
Going further: Write your experiences with detailed phrases and use bullet format to list all your experiences. Be straight to the point, employers don’t want to read long boring stories, they are interested in seeing what stuff you are made of.
How To Format Your Resume
Like I already said, the average recruiter spends about 10 seconds on your resume, the first time he sees it. The reason simple! It’s possible thousands of people submitted their resume to the company, the recruiter’s aim would be to find something that stirs him up, and you have to be smart, by making your resume very easy to read and scan through. This is one of the reasons why people can’t get a job, because of the cluttered nature of their CV.
Essentially, ensure you using an easy to read font like Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri and don’t make your resume too playful by using different colors. Your resume should also have a consistent font size, I would recommend a font size 12.
A quick tip is to use a font size between 14-16 for your names. This is important so your recruiter can easy spot your name. On your resume, you don’t need photo, birthdays or any other vital information.
The personal information section is done! Let’s move to the education section of your resume. This is a very crucial aspect of your resume, this block should include your school name, type of decree, graduation date, honors and other relevant scholarships.
Aim to get your resume in one page and two pages at most. You really don’t have to bore your recruiter and one of the ways to achieve that is having a clear picture of what you have to achieve in your resume.
Thereafter, cross check your resume and find a means to convert your word document to PDF. When the conversion process is complete, you should have a PDF copy of your resume which you will send to the company.
Chances are that if you get your resume correctly, you stand a higher chance of landing the dream job.
In wrapping things off, resume plays a vital role in your job hunt so you cannot afford to fail in this aspect otherwise you have cut short your expectation percentage of being shortlisted for an interview.
Don’t forget also, that only things that important and relevant should find its way in your resume