Whether you’ve graduated from culinary, acting, art, interior design, nursing, or dental school or earned a certificate in massage, beauty, or even truck driving, we all have something in common.
We all have to make a resume as part of our job application requirements!
A resume must clearly and succinctly showcase your qualifications to get the recruiter interested in your application. You should include all relevant skills, experiences, and talents that will strategically highlight why you’re a good fit for the job.
However, it’s more than just a piece of paper with your information on it, it should be optimized to illustrate what you can uniquely offer the employer. It’s key to a successful job search.
If you’re here and wondering what a good resume should be like, we’ve got you covered. Here, we listed some quick tips to help you assess whether your resume is ready to be sent to headhunters and recruiters.
1. Keep your resume short but impactful.
Avoid putting too many unnecessary details. Recruiters usually skim through hundreds, if not thousands, of applications daily.
So keep it short, concise, and clear. Strategically put the most pertinent qualifications for the job at the very start so employers see it easily.
2. Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for.
Read the job description carefully and let it paint a picture of their ideal candidate. Now, try to assess which of your job experiences and skills will most likely fit into that ideal.
Include those in the resume to help give you better chances of getting a call. It’s an important skill to know how to package yourself well.
3. Try your best to quantify what you have achieved at your previous work experiences.
Be specific with the numbers involved in your previous post. Say, you’re in sales, include how many products you sold during a certain period of time, include the percentage you increased the total sales, etc.
This is just an example, it really depends on the field you’re in. If you’re in beauty, try to quantify your years of experience doing a particular service, and so on and so forth.
4. Double-check your resume for any errors in grammar and spelling.
A small mistake in grammar can set the recruiter off. Make a good first impression and ensure that your resume is devoid of all grammar and spelling errors.
If you want, you can ask a trusted friend, mentor, or family member to take a look and proofread it for you. They can also give you some feedback on the effectiveness of your resume.
5. Include volunteer experience and other unpaid work that reflects your skills.
If you’re fresh from college and don’t have any significant work experience, you can include volunteer work at organizations and causes and all kinds of internships.
You can put these under the “Work experience” section especially if it’s pertinent to the job you’re applying for.
Those are our quick tips for making your resume. We hope we were able to help those looking for jobs out there.
Do you have any more helpful tips in mind? Let us know in the comments!
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