Finding a good job is a challenging task by all means. The most important thing every jobseeker has to do is create a compelling resume. What makes a successful resume? A top-notch CV doesn’t just tell about you – it sells you. Here are a few tips that will make your resume stand out and help you get hired in no time.
Don’t Tell It – Sell It
First of all, think of your resume from the perspective of your future employer. Writing a remarkable CV is much like creating a successful ad. You’re not just telling about your experience – you’re selling your skills. Use the “what I can do for you” instead of “look at me” attitude to draw the attention of recruiters. Make your background facts sound as your benefits.
No “One Page” Limit
It’s a common misconception that a resume should be limited to only one page. Well, that might be true if you’re a graduate and don’t have that much working experience to list. As a matter of fact recruiters will look for details and limiting a CV to a single page will inevitably lead to omitting important personal information. Resume size doesn’t really matter to potential employers – it’s all about content.
Skills vs. Duties
Do you know what recruiters look for in your resume? It’s not only your work experience; it’s the skills you developed. So be specific about your achievements. Don’t just list the duties performed, but also place heavy emphasis on the practical skills you were able to develop. Let your potential employer know how you achieved success and how you can make it happen for them.
Include figures to prove your achievements. To make your resume stand out include specific details of your prior work experience – numbers, financial results, benefits from your accomplishments, volumes of sales, etc. A winning CV tells recruiters how they can benefit from hiring you.
Here’s an example of a real estate sales representative CV that sells:
|A resume that tells||A resume that sells|
|Sales representative for new homes. Achieved compelling sales results despite market drop||In a volatile housing market (off 20% from previous year), became the leading sales representative. Sold $10,100,000 worth of real estate in 13 months — 20 homes at $500,000 floor.|
Personalize Your Summary
Summary, also known as objective statement, is the first thing recruiters will read about you. It’s basically a brief description of your achievements and how they can be applicable to the current job opening.
Summary is not a critical part of the resume. If you choose to include it – be sure to tailor it to EACH job you’re applying for. This way you’ll let your potential employer know that you’re interested in their company. Take advantage of what you already know about the job opening and include them in your objective statement.
Don’t Hide Your Age and/or Background
From recruiter’s perspective, choosing the right candidate is much like investing in stocks. Therefore your resume will be viewed as some sort of a stock chart. For this reason it’s not recommended to limit the information on your previous job positions, or education. Recruiters will definitely be looking for insights on how you started your career path. And another thing: don’t try to hide your age. Your employer will discover it anyway.
The vast majority of jobs require the knowledge of certain software – from simple Internet browsers to complex CRMs depending on your area of expertise. If your work has been impacted by an important piece of software – be sure to put that in your resume. The more software skills you have – the more valuable you are in the eyes of your future employer.
Nowadays most businesses apply recruiting management software to look for candidates. To highlight your skills and competence and make your resume look professional it is important to include specific keywords. Such words as CFA, EBITDA, liquidity and SWOT are the ones employers will look for when searching for a financial analyst. Here’s a handful resource you can use for finding appropriate keywords to add to your resume.
Visualize Your Resume
Although the resume is considered to be a formal document, if you’re looking for a creative job (e.g. designer) it’s best to think of visualizing it and including your portfolio. There are quite a few online tools that help make an infographic resume, like Kinzaa or Vizualize.me. Similar tools will make your resume noticeable among simple formal plain text CVs.
Find Your Dream Job
Now that your resume is ready it’s time to start searching for your next dream job.