Three Tips to Write an Effective Resume
It is quite normal for recruiters to receive around hundreds of resumes for an advertised position. In time of economic crises, these numbers only increase: more people get fired and more people apply for jobs that may not be relevant to their qualifications at all.
This results in the recruiter needing to carefully study an enormous amount of probably unrelated material to uncover a few relevant resumes.
What can you do to ensure success in your job hunt? Try getting your resume into a form that will catch the recruiter’s attention immediately.
Do Not Lose Focus
Ideally, tailor your resume for each position separately. You need to do this to prove to the recruiter that you are the ideal candidate for the available job opening. If you are applying for the post of a software engineer, for example, your term as a sales person for a cosmetics company may not hold much relevance. Such experience might be relevant in a different context, for example a position where manpower management is involved. Be sure to highlight areas of work that are related to your expertise and the job you are applying to. This allows your resume to gain attention immediately.
Enthusiasm and a sense of purpose are intrinsic to a job search. As a job seeker, your resume should convey a distinct sense of purpose; it should help the recruiter understand that if you are given the job, there is no chance things can go wrong. Use language in a manner that does not include too much of passive voice. Instead, make liberal use of action verbs that emphasize your accomplishments; action verbs also convey enthusiasm.
Use Good Formats
Visual appeal plays a big part in any document and is extremely relevant to your resume as well. You must ensure that your resume is free of clutter and looks ‘clean’ and well-ordered. This helps details to stand out better. You can further ensure clarity of details by using indented paragraphs or by clever use of bullets. These methods work by helping certain portions of text to stand out better than others. Use indents or bullets to highlight noteworthy accomplishments and any specific achievements or projects that you may have undertaken. For a recruiter going through a pile of resumes, this helps by jumping out and grabbing attention.