Writing a great resume doesn’t necessarily mean following a set of rules that your parents used to follow.
Whether you’re writing a college resume or one loaded with experience, it remains the foundation of a job search. And while anyone can create one, a truly effective resume requires certain knowledge.
Every resume is an individual marketing strategy that should be a subtle but powerful advertisement of yourself. Remember these secrets to writing a good resume and getting that interview:
Keep the Objective Statement Specific (But Not Too Specific!).
An “objective statement” is a statement that you include at the top of your resume that summarizes why you feel you are the ideal candidate for that position.
When writing a great resume, it’s important to know that the objective is most useful when the person reading your resume is unsure of the position you’re applying for, usually because this was never made clear by the company or you’re just entering the work-force and want an entry-level job.
The general trap of an objective statement is either making it too specific or too vague. A well-written objective will immediately tell employers the kind of job that you are looking for and why they should hire you.
Draw Attention With Power-Words.
Power-words are “buzz” words that add value, marketability and appeal to your resume. Power-words are noun modifiers that catch the eye of the resume screening process. It is best to use them in your objective statement as well as at the beginning of sentences that describe what you’ve accomplished.
When writing a good resume, make every task and responsibility sound proactive as well as demonstrative of skills that are valuable to the employer — even extracurricular activities! Be careful to use the correct words in their appropriate context.
Keep the Presentation Sharp.
Writing a great resume means making it easy to read, balanced, and with as much space between blocks of text as possible.
Keep the blocks of text no longer than six lines, and use bullet points when describing your past job responsibilities (a great place to include power-words!). Make sure that the resume is uniform with the use of bullet points, boldface, italics and underlining.
In addition to this, be sure that there are no grammatical errors! A grammatically incorrect resume looks sloppy and unpolished. Have a parent or a friend look it over before you send it in to employers.
Most importantly, stay focused! Keep in mind the job you are applying for and don’t crowd the page with unnecessary details (such as including your GPA). Choose your words wisely – shorter is usually better.
Writing a great resume means creating an advertisement of yourself. That entails good use of power-words, a cohesive structure and a strong objective statement. And don’t forget to include a cover letter!