Writing a Killer Resume
By Michelle White, Resume Editor at SASCrunch.com
It may be a hard truth but it has to be accepted that a resume can make a difference between getting hired and staying unemployed. Indeed a resume can be that important. It really can make or break you. So here are some of the best tips to write a killer resume to increase your chances of getting the job.
Purpose of Resume
First things first. You must have a goal in mind, and that is to get an interview. That is the main purpose of a resume; to show that you are qualified for the job. If your resume shows all the qualifications that the company is looking for, you will be reached soon for an interview schedule. Realize that a resume may not guarantee an employment contract, but if a resume lands you an interview, then you’re halfway there. So remember that a great resume increases your chances of getting a job by 50%.
It has become a common mistake among job hunters, creating a generic resume. This is one of the biggest no-nos. Believe it or not, employers can tell if you submitted a resume that can be used for every company. Imagine the number of resumes that an employer has to read through. A generic resume can be scanned quickly and thrown into the trash can just as fast. You have to make the effort to show that you are qualified and you want the job. Standard resumes only prove that you want any job from any company that will hire you.
State your Goals
Mention them if you like; say it subtly if you can’t. The important thing is that you show the employer that your career has a direction. Companies do not want career butterflies, they need driven people because these people will stay put and push the company to levels it has never reached. For sure, you are telling the employer that you will be an asset.
It is common knowledge that most of the things mentioned in a resume are lies. This must be avoided, totally, no matter what others tell you. With the advances and convenience of communication technology, it has become a lot easier to verify your claims. If you need a job, tell the truth. It’s that simple. Do not ever risk ruining your chances of getting hired. In the end it’s you who loses. Save yourself from embarrassment, and unemployment.
Keep it Short and Sweet
A resume is not an art contest or a beauty pageant. Do not use too many colors. Do not over style it. Do not post a picture. An extra stylish resume will only distract, if not annoy, employers from what they want to know: if you are fit for the job or not. Do not use more than 2 pages. An ideal resume is one that is organized, from work experience, educational background down to references. Avoid irrelevant information; the employer is running a business, not a tabloid. Keep it simple.