No matter how much we love our current job or position, there comes a time when we want to change our career. It doesn’t matter what we are or what we do if we don’t feel satisfied, or we think we can find better opportunities at another job, we want to give it a try.
And the most important tool that we have when it comes to changing jobs or careers is a resume. It is the one thing that separates you and other thousands of applicants, which makes you unique and attractive in the eyes of the employer.
But some resumes are better than others, and the difference is how is it created. When making your resume, you have to be careful and make use of best practices. What are these? Let’s find out below.
Best practices to follow while writing the resume
1. Keep it short
The first thing you need to remember is to keep the resume short and to the point. It is not a novel that you will write pages about your achievements and honors.
Recruiters want to know your achievements but in short. That is why you should always use bullet points to mention the commendable work you have done. It also includes writing about your skills, education, and experience in bullet points.
2. Make use of power words
A recruiter looks at thousands of resumes in a single week that all start to look the same at one point. If you want to stand out, you have to write something different. That is where the use of power words come in.
Like instead of writing, started the use of this tool, write ‘pioneered’ the use of this tool. Also, you have to use words that appeal and attract the recruiter to look at the whole resume.
3. Don’t use pronouns
In school, we learned about using pronouns which helps make a full sentence. But when it comes to resume writing, skipping pronouns is one of the best policies. It means that you cannot use ‘I’ or ‘me’ or ‘my’.
Also, rather than writing ‘I got an award for boosting morale within the team’, ‘write got an award for enhancing team morale’.
Best practices to follow while designing your resume
1. Make it scannable
A recruiter spends only around 6 seconds per resume. It is very less time to read the whole resume. That is why HR only looks at the key point and data. If that appeals to them, the resume goes to the next round.
This means you have only six seconds to create an impression and make sure that your resume gets picked up. How to do that? By ensuring that your design is scannable.
It means using a clean layout and simple font that will make sure that HR doesn’t miss the important data.
2. Design keeping your employer in the mind
Every industry or company or the owner is different. It means that while designing the resume, you have to make sure that it fits the industry or the employer.
For instance, a resume for a lawyer will look different than a resume for a person looking to work as an RJ.
3. Make it stand out
Gone are the days when you had to design a simple resume. Now, the design of the resume can be hip and unique depending on the industry. Whatever design you use, remember to make it relevant, simple, and something that doesn’t overshadow the information.
For a creative job position like an RJ or director, use infographic or bold colors and so on. If you want to keep the resume traditional yet modern by including small details like a color fill on headlines or so.
Canva is one of the best tools that can help you enhance your resume. It has thousands of free templates that can help you design a resume that stands out.
Best practices to follow while editing your resume
1. Make sure the tenses are correct
It is a common mistake where a person uses the present tense to describe past jobs or education. While editing your resume, check that you have described past jobs and education in the past tense and the current job in the present tense.
2. Do it once more after taking a small break
Don’t be in a rush to send your resume to the recruiter. Edit it multiple times because even a small mistake like including a comma when not required can destroy your chances of landing an interview.
So, edit it multiple times, and if you start feeling overwhelmed, take a break and edit it once more.
3. Try a resume editor
Sometimes we don’t know what we are looking for, and the resume can still have minor issues. For that, edit the resume one more time using an editing tool like Grammarly or ProWritingAid.
Also, if you can, work with a professional editor who knows what mistakes to look for.
Now, it’s time to send the resume, points to remember:
- Save your resume in the PDF format because it keeps your original formatting and style.
- Include your full name in the title while saving the resume.
Did I forget any best practices? Hit me in the comments below.