9 Recommended Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out.
Your Career Is Your Responsibility
Most people think that their career development is someone else’s responsibility. What a joke! The times have changed and your career just like your life is now your responsibility.
Ok, let me be forthright here, I have been a victim of this type of thinking where I assumed that it was my manager’s responsibility to make, shape and guide me to my career destination. Do you know it was so bad that I didn’t even have a personal goal or plan? I merely followed what I was told and boy, you can not imagine my utmost shock during that year’s performance review. Needless to say, I ditched that flawed thought process in a hurry. I permanently eradicated the idea of a delegated career management approach forever.
“You are 100% responsible for your career, goals and life.”
Think about “that” for a bit, do you know that if you don’t take control of your career, you will spend so much time chasing shadows with no one to blame. This is going to be a series on how to take control of your career.
However, let’s start with resumes, according to the businessdictionary.com, a resume is a formal presentation of a job applicant’s education, skills, and work experience. A resume’s objective is to provide a detailed summary of an applicant’s qualifications for a particular job and not necessarily a complete picture. A good resume opens the door and gives the potential employer or recruiter enough information to believe the applicant is worth a 2nd look or interview. So with that in mind, here are some good resume tips to consider as you edit your documents.
- STRATEGIC – See your resume as a very strategic tool that it truly is, and methodically create a version that captures the current and past as well as a version that captures the future. In your futuristic version, craft what you want your resume to look like in 3, 5, 10 years from today
- STORY – Tell a story with your resume. It should amplify your experience, abilities, and capabilities. In essence, your resume should help the ‘reader’ get a better glimpse of who you are and what you’ve done
- VISUAL – Integrate a good placement strategy. As you craft, your resume, present your work, experience, and education in a reverse chronological order
- FRESH – Make your resume come alive, be refreshingly succinct and understand that more isn’t necessarily better. Employ the maxim, less is more. If possible keep it to one page
- CUSTOMER CENTRIC – Be customer focused. Your goal is to generate a positive reaction and make the recruiter’s job easy. Use the appropriate keywords appropriately
- FACTS MATTER – Freely support your argument with facts, figures, and numbers. Articulate how many people were impacted by your project/work? Do a comparison that makes sense, state what goals you exceeded or met
- SELL, SELL, SELL – Toot your own horn. It is perfectly OK to highlight who and what you have done. List out all the awards, recognitions, and accolades you’ve received with some degree of tact
- MISTAKES – Proofread, Proofread, Proofread – This goes without saying, your resume MUST be free and clear of typos. And don’t rely on spell check and grammar check alone—ask family or friends to take a look at it for you (or get some tips from an editor on how to perfect your own work)
- GET HELP – Honestly, get over yourself and ask for help. There’s no shame in getting help, and there are many professionals who can advise, re-write and clean up your resume for a reasonable price. This is arguably the most important document of your job search, so it’s worth getting it exactly right
Wishing you success,