When writing your resume keep in mind that, these days, we all have short attention spans! To entice busy potential employers who will, on average, only spend a few seconds looking at your resume, you will need to communicate a lot of information in a very clear and concise way.
If your resume is well written and well set out then this will encourage the reader to look a little further. If you have successfully aroused their interest, you are more likely to get a call to attend an interview.
Your resume is the single most important document you will provide to a potential employer. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you write a resume that’s enticing, and that won’t end up on the ‘rejected’ pile unnecessarily.
Your resume needs to reflect the role you are applying for
Different roles require different skills so make sure your resume lists all the relevant skills for the position you are applying for. Anything on your resume that is irrelevant will waste the reader’s time. So make sure your resume is customised and concise.
Do not assume that the reader knows exactly what you mean. If you have not demonstrated in your resume that you have all the skills required to succeed in the job you are applying for, you will be overlooked.
Don’t expect the reader to interpret what you mean, spell it out!
It is vitally important that you don’t give readers the opportunity to overlook anything on your resume. Make sure that all your relevant skills are clearly stated.
Don’t be afraid to boast about what you can offer the job. It is better to oversell yourself than to fail to make the short-list.
Display the most important information at the top
Since the reader is likely to only spend a few seconds skimming the top of your resume, make sure the most important information is near the top. Don’t hide important details further down where they can be easily overlooked. This will help the recruiter focus on what they are looking for and what you have to offer.
Format your resume in a visually attractive way
Does your resume look good on the page? Never underestimate the power of a great page layout. Try to avoid cluttered text, and where possible, use wide margins and good spacing between paragraphs. Bullets and numbering are easy to read and break up big chunks of text making skimming easier.
Avoid silly mistakes
Silly layout, typing and spelling errors will make it easy for an employer to discard you as a candidate for their vacancy. Your resume must not only look and feel good, but must also be filled with great content. Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, missing information, too much information and words or sections that are out of place all contribute to increasing the chances of your resume being dumped into the discarded pile.
You will significantly increase your chances of getting the job if your resume is flawless.