Building a resume can be tough. You want your potential employer to have a great first impression before the interview and have the perfect resume is key. A good resume lets your employer know about your background however a great resume tells your story and showcases your potential.
Below are some tips to building that great resume that will hopefully land you your next job:
- Be precise, short is usually the best way to go however in some cases (executive applicants) – a longer resume may be necessary.
- Use bullet points to tell the story, employers need to quickly browse through a ton of resumes and bullets points are key to getting the facts across.
- Be honest, employers will call out every detail of you resume so be ready.
- Be concise and use action words (developed, handled, organized, created, etc) and phrases when describing your experience.
- Be articulate and use verbs – these action words are great for elaborating on your past experiences and duties.
- Double-check everything! – This is perhaps the most important step, a misspelling or grammatical errors can make the biggest difference.
Additional basics you need to include on your resume include: Full name, address, email, contact and references. (when necessary)
Also don’t be shy about the rewards, recognitions, and achievements from your past, employers love talking about those and the more positive conversations, the better the chances.
Depending on the job type, a cover letter may be necessary. These are simple one page summaries that tell the employer a quick overview in paragraph format of your past work, skills, and why you would be a good fit for the job.
Last but certainly not least, follow up. Once you submit a resume, email the contact or the HR department within 3-5 business days to ensure they have received your resume.
Below are some sample resume templates for reference.