Top Tips to Write the Perfect Resume
Updated: 4 days ago
Resume writing for freshers can be a daunting task. With AI and Applicant Tracking Systems screening your resume for key skills and words, it has become all the more important to be concise and include relevant information in.
As recruiters, we constantly screen CVs. Here, we share a recruiter's perspective of how you can make your resume work!
Top 8 Things to Do:
1) Mention specific skills and Industries Worked In
When applying to jobs, especially for technical roles, employers will look for hard skills required for that particular role. For tech roles, Include your technical stack, such as programming languages, tools and dev ops skills. If you're applying to an accounting position , make sure to include words such as "audit," "accounts payable," and "balance sheet."
2) Showcase Portfolio
If you are applying for a role that requires design work, include relevant projects. It's okay to list some side-projects if they are applicable to the position desired. If you are applying for a sales role, it is helpful to do a video as well!
3) Be Concise
Have bullet points over paragraphs, as it can be quite hard to read paragraphs of text on a computer screen.
4) Show Quantifiable Results
Do list quantifiable results when available, such as revenue generated or grant awards won. For each position, write down two to three major things that you accomplished during your tenure at that job. This could be increasing profits by 20%, starting a new project, or winning an award.
One of the most common mistakes in resumes is when people have spelling or grammatical errors, this makes it seem like you are sloppy and careless, so ensure that you have done a thorough proof read prior to sending off your resume.
Keep it concise and to the point - no recruiter wants to read a novel, but rather an outline of your career history. Career-related tasks should take up no more than half the page, and the most current position should be listed first as this is the most relevant.
It's important to make sure the formatting of your resume follows some common sense guidelines, like being 1-2 pages long and an easy to read font-size of between 10 and 12 point.
8) Go the Extra Mile to Reach Out
Reach out to the hiring manager, recruiters or HR via LinkedIn and email, showing your interest in the role. Recruiters are normally swamped with applications as they handle recruiting for many roles at a time, so they will definitely appreciate if you are an awesome candidate and reach out to them!
1) Don't Include your salary on your resume
While that might save you some time to weed out employers that cannot fit the budget, you are forfeiting the chance on negotiation and to make a new connection. For all you may know, they are willing to offer a higher salary but you cap yourself to your expectations.
2) Don't list out your Hobbies or Activities
It can be anything from doing yoga to sky diving; while this may sound like an interesting addition, it really only takes up space and gives little or no information about your previous responsibilities and activities.
3) Don't write your resume in third person
Aren't you the one writing and submitting your own resume? It should be in first person.
4) Don't list out your GPA if it is average
While this may have been a big deal back when you were in college, it really isn't worth mentioning now that you're out of school. In fact, if your GPA is below the average for the position you are applying for, it may actually hurt your chances of getting the job.
With these tips in mind, you should be on your way to writing a resume that will get the recruiter's attention and help you land that dream position - good luck! :)