“Your resume is nothing more than a scrap of paper designed to get you into an interview”
This statement gets to the down and dirty of what a resume really is. It should be viewed as nothing more, nothing less. Your resume is a chance for you to stand out from the crowd, and if you’re going to do that, there are a few best practices that you should follow.
1. Keep it brief!
Think of your resume as a first impression you need to make on a potentially very busy person. Just as you wouldn’t tell somebody your life story as you shake their hand for the first time, you shouldn’t be cramming too many details into a resume. It’s safe to assume that whoever ends up seeing your resume will “spend around a minute at most” looking over it, so if it takes longer than that to make it from top to bottom, you risk people missing out on some of your best qualities. Fluff and filler should be avoided, as they can be easily detected by most recruiters or mangers and will detract from your credibility. Don’t try to cover up lack of experience. Be honest about what you’ve done and be ready to explain what you’ve learned from it if you end up in an interview.
2. Stand out
Don’t worry about covering the basics; employers will assume that if you’re applying to the position that you have those already. This means avoiding anything like, “hard working, team player, etc”. Focus on what sets you apart from everyone else applying. A good example of something to include are language skills. Language skills are incredibly valuable to employers, and knowing that you could break down that barrier between reaching out to each and every client makes you a key component in any line of work. Maintenance skills, such as being able to troubleshoot computers/machinery, are also desirable.
Writing a resume can seem like a daunting task. What’s most important is that you approach it with honesty, clarity, and precision. Don’t have any grammatical errors, strange formatting, or irrelevant information, as these can send your resume on a direct flight to the trash can. Other than that, share them whenever you can and hope for the best!
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