Do you want a resume that will land you more job interviews? Or maybe you need a resume that will help you get a higher paying job. If so, you are in luck because in this article you will learn 6 resume writing strategies that will help you write the perfect resume for any job.
Studies have shown that humans have a shorter attention span than a goldfish, which is only nine seconds, and our attention span just keeps getting shorter because of our digitized lifestyle.
- Have a Clear Message This means starting with a clear vision of what you can offer. This will help you demonstrate what you can do for the workplace and why you are a great fit. Start by pinpointing your strengths and determining what you are good at. What of your current position brings you the most excitement? What would others say that you do well? Knowing and understanding your strengths and your passion will help you tailor your resume better for each position. With your message defined, you are now ready to bring it together in what we call a branding profile. Which is tip number two.
- Include a Branding Profile A Branding profile is a brief description of your greatest accomplishments. It tells an employer who you are, who you help and how you help them. It comes right after your name and contact information and appears right before your experience section. The great thing about a branding profile is that it conveys to a company what you can do for them rather than what you want out of the position. A branding profile is also known as a personal summary, a qualifications section or even a branding summary. Here is a bonus tip: An objective statement on a resume is old and outdated so if you have been using one you need to get rid of it and put a branding profile in its place.
- Focus on the Top Half The top half of your resume is by far the most important. This is where hiring managers and recruiters will look first. You have six seconds or less to convince them that you are the perfect candidate for an interview. Include a good contact phone number with a professional sounding email address, preferably a Gmail account with your first and last name or some combination of your first and last name. You could also use an email address from your personal website. Rather than a street address include your personal LinkedIn URL.
- Highlight your Accomplishments Hiring managers and recruiters want to see the results you have made in your previous positions. They want to see the problems you have solved, how you solved them, and the impact that you have made. To clearly convey this, highlight your accomplishments rather than listing your job descriptions. One of the best ways to do this is by using percentages, numbers and even dollar amounts. Doing this will identify the outcomes you have had and make you more attractive as a candidate.
- Make it Relevant Your resume should always be tailored to the position you are applying for. Closely review the job description for keywords and place those keywords throughout your resume. This also means removing work experience that is more than 10 years old unless it had a direct tie to the position and company you are applying for.
- Place Emphasis on the Format Put extra effort into the design and formatting of your resume. This can be difficult but it is well worth it because hiring managers and recruiters receive a lot of resumes. You need to do a little something extra to stand out from everyone else. I am not saying you need to create an infographic resume (unless your industry requires it) but there are a few simple strategies that you can put into places. First consider using an alternative font. Times New Roman and Arial are two of the most commonly used fonts which is why they should be avoided. Instead, use alternative fonts such as Garmin, Gill Sans or even Cambria. Also, highlight sections by applying subtle changes, such as bold text, line breaks, extra spacing, and even subtle color changes. And lastly, use lists, bulleted lists are a great way to break up information and draw attention to things you want someone to notice.