Writing a resume is a painstaking and lengthy job. In an ideal world, each one should be tailored to a specific employer or at least a position. Thus, if you are going to apply for a position at an international company, you will have one sample. And if you are trying to find an internship abroad and submit a resume to hundreds of companies, then you need to write 10 to 15 different options — maybe more.
Many job seekers know that 40% of hiring managers spend less than one minute reviewing a resume. But if your resume stands out, it will inevitably attract attention. Follow these five tips for building an eye-catching resume:
1. Clear structure
There are different recommendations on the best structure of a resume, with nuances for certain professions and companies. But the following points are appropriate for any field or activity:
- Name and surname
- Contact information
- Purpose (desired position)
- Key competencies (if the experience section is large)
- Additional education (training, seminars, etc.)
- Additional information (language skills, driver’s license, etc.)
Focus on the following guidelines when composing a resume:
- Read the job description carefully to understand what skills are key.
- Search for information about the hiring company. Use the official site as well as social networks. And read the posts of their employees — it will help you understand who is working for the company and who you may meet during the interview.
- Combine your skills with the company’s needs.
- Numbers speak louder than words, so if you can support your accomplishments with statistics, it will be welcomed.
- If possible, indicate the role of your contribution to the previous company.
- Do not lie and exaggerate your achievements — a professional will spot it immediately.
- Choose a convenient format.
- Minimize the use of abbreviations and buzzwords.
- Emphasize and highlight only what is important.
- Make your resume clear-cut and short.
Many activities do not require absolute literacy. But at the same time, your speech and writing skills go a long way in making a good (or bad) first impression.
Once you have completed your resume, use online grammar tools like Grammarly and Readable to check for mistakes. Spelling and grammar checkers will help catch missing words, verb tense disagreement, and incorrect punctuation choices.
4. Use innovations
Modern technologies allow you to diversify your resume:
- Always add a photo to personalize your resume.
- Put hyperlinks to your portfolio or other examples of your work.
- Graphs and charts will also help demonstrate your achievements.
- Do not neglect the use of video. In the U.S., applicants have long been recording video summaries, posting them later on services like YouTube. Search engines will recognize a video resume, and 89% of employers admit they would watch a video resume if this format were submitted.
5. Links to social networks
Social networks are not just a form of entertainment today. They are a place to socialize and a so-called business card of a person. A 2018 CareerBuilder survey showed that companies often screen candidates on social networks during the hiring process. Employers are looking for:
- Details that prove the candidate is qualified for the job (58%)
- A professional online persona (50%)
- What friends/family post about the candidate (34%)
- A reason not to hire the candidate (22%)
Analyze your platforms and figure out how they fit into the image you want to create as a professional. Only after doing this should you include social network links in your resume.
Follow these tips to keep your resume competitive. A competent and well-structured resume is your chance to become a part of a new company.
About the Author: Connie Benton is a passionate freelance writer and contributor for Preply.com. She writes about work, millennial culture, and creativity.