Posted by Robert Half on Friday, June 26, 2015 - 07:00 | Follow me
Applying for jobs means writing resumes. Here are suggestions for making the process as easy and painless as possible.
A good resume is the first step in landing a job. But the pressure of knowing that your potential employment relies on a page or two of effectively crafted copy can make writing resumes a daunting task. The process doesn’t have to be as stressful an undertaking as you may think, however. Here are five tried-and-true tips:
1. Create a clean, easy-to-read design
Before you get caught up with fancy fonts and layouts, keep in mind that hiring managers prefer a resume that’s easy to scan and naturally draws the eye to important details. Use a standard format with a clean font. Employ bold type and italics to highlight key points on your resume, and add bullet points to describe your experience instead of writing flowery, drawn-out sentences.
2. Don’t worry about keeping it to one page
You’ve probably heard it a million times before: Your resume should be short and sweet and fit on one page. But that’s not a definitive rule. Writing resumes today is about telling a potential employer a compelling story about yourself. Don’t risk omitting relevant information by over-editing your work history in an effort to get it down to a single page.
3. Use reverse chronology
You may be sitting in front of a blank computer screen, not knowing where to begin, wrapped up in the desire to create a resume that’s unique. But following the standard reverse chronological format of listing your most recent job experience first is not only the easiest way to write your resume, it’s also highly effective. Hiring managers are most accustomed to this format.
4. Use relevant keywords
When it comes to writing resumes, you may have heard that it’s beneficial to tailor each resume to the specific job you’re applying for. This isn’t as time-consuming a task as you might think. Research the employer and carefully read the description of the job you’re applying for and then pull out relevant keywords.
For example, if you’re applying for a job as a compliance analyst with asset management experience, take the keywords “asset management” and insert them into your resume where applicable and without being too repetitive. Those words are more likely to jump out at a hiring manager and will catch the attention of the computer programs that many employers use as an initial evaluation tool.
5. Get a second pair of eyes to look it over
It‘s easy to miss spelling and grammar mistakes when you’re the only one proofreading your resume. Ask a mentor or eagle-eyed friend or family member to double-check your document for errors.
By following these suggestions, writing resumes will be a much easier and less intimidating task.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about writing resumes?
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