The only goal of your resume is to land you an interview with a potential employer. Writing a good resume takes skill, time and the ability to capture succinctly what you offer an employer and the achievements you’ve earned.
Writing a resume is a skill you learn by doing. Look over good resume samples and see how others have put together this important document.
Visit professional resume services online to see very good samples of resumes.
Here are reasons why your resume could get tossed in the trash before it’s read in its entirety.
For most employers, this is an unforgivable crime. If you can’t take the time to proofread the document that might get you hired, how can an employer trust that you will be more careful with work that he or she gives you?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to change the tense of your verbs—some present tense and some past tense.
You should also pay attention to lists and whether some start with a verb and others with a noun. Pick one and be consistent.
Always proofread your resume and have someone else proofread it to make sure it is free of misspellings and grammatical errors or inconsistencies.
Too Complicated/Too Crowded
Employers receive hundreds of applicants.
You want your resume to stand out, not by listing every task you’ve ever accomplished at every company that employed you, but by listing the outstanding things you’ve done or the essential skills that the employer is seeking.
The industry standard for successful, noteworthy resumes is no more than two pages, no less than a 10-point font or larger than 12-point (preferably using Times New Roman or Arial), an attractive readable format and plenty of white space in the margins.
Don’t expect an employer to hunt for the skills he’s seeking; he won’t.
Make Time for Your Resume
You’ve got a full life and finding a job is just one part of that, but don’t you think that creating a resume that demands attention is worth your time?
The effort you put into creating a flawless, well-written resume will pay off for you.
Look at a variety of samples. Take time to read through your old resume then update it, using active language and action verbs that clearly define your skills and achievements.
You want your resume to accurately reflect the person you are and the exceptional employee you can be.
Take the time to clearly demonstrate what you’re capable of doing for an employer by showing what you’ve done in the past.
Be Sure of What an Employer is Seeking
You should have a basic resume to start with and adapt it to accommodate the specific jobs for which you apply.
This means reading an employer’s job posting carefully.
You want to give the employer what he/she wants. Look at the keywords used by the employer. Use those words to customize your resume.
If you don’t customize it—even just a little—odds are you won’t be hearing from that employer about setting up an interview.
Keep track of where you send your resume.
If you haven’t heard back from a potential employer, call or email them and inquire about getting an interview. Reiterate your fit with their company. Don’t beg or sound uncertain.
So many people end their cover letters or inquiries with “if you have any questions or would like to interview me, please call/email….” That’s passive language that belies your confidence.
It’s okay to state “I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the next few days” or “Call/email me for an interview.”
An employer can get bogged down in the hiring process. Your confidence and follow up might just be the push that gets you noticed.
Few people get a job by sending out one resume to one potential employer.
The more resumes you send out, the better your chances of landing an interview and a job. You’ll get better and better with each one that you send.
Make Your Objective Known
This is especially critical if you’re new to the workforce and don’t have much job experience. Your objectives can be a compelling opening.
Again, read the job posting and be clear what the employer is seeking. If it interests you and matches your goals, include a career objective using language found in the posting.
Make it as clear and confident as you can. If you don’t know what you want, don’t expect an employer to figure it out for you.