Creating a resume is one of the most important steps in getting a job. It’s also one of the most difficult, especially if you’re not sure what to include or how to format your document. In this post we’ll look at six ways that will help you create a successful resume and get more interviews:
Be Specific About Why You Want The Job
Now that you’ve got your resume looking sharp and polished, it’s time to let the interviewer know why you want the job. Why do you want to work in this specific field? What about this company makes it so attractive to you? Remember: your resume is not a bio sheet—it’s an opportunity for you to sell yourself as someone who can help their company succeed.
It’s important that your desire aligns with their needs. You should have a clear understanding of what makes this position appealing to other people at this organization (if possible), which means researching both its mission statement and industry trends before putting pen to paper on your cover letter. This will allow you to tailor everything from keywords used throughout the document down through smaller details such as font size or page alignment until everything feels “just right.”
Include A Skills Section
The resume is a place to show off all of your skills and accomplishments. This section should be organized in an easy-to-read, logical format so that it doesn’t distract from the rest of your resume. It should also be used as a platform to demonstrate what makes you stand out from other applicants. Your skills section should include:
- A list of relevant skills and abilities, including any certifications or licenses you have earned (i.e., Microsoft Office Specialist certification).
- Accomplishments that demonstrate these skills (i.e., “Increased sales by 20%”). If you have no previous work experience, this can include any leadership roles held at school or in volunteer organizations; political campaigns; religious groups or clubs; athletic teams; school bands or choirs; student councils; etc.) That said, do not simply list every club you were ever part of! You want to make sure each accomplishment serves as proof for why being hired would benefit both parties involved—the company and yourself—and not just provide random information about yourself without context.
Use Power Words
Many of the words we use to describe our skills and abilities are ineffective. They are too bland and don’t convey the passion you have for your work. These types of words include “can,” “able,” “good” and other similar terms. If you want your resume to stand out, then it’s important that you use power words instead.
Power words can be used in many different ways throughout your resume:
- In the summary section (the first paragraph) where they will give the reader an idea of what type of job candidate they are dealing with and what kind of position they are applying for. For example: “I achieved over $100 million sales targets and was promoted within 6 months.”* In bullet points under each position held with strong statements such as “helped increase sales by 50%” or “reduced costs by 25%”.* To describe achievements such as awards won or projects completed successfully.* In action verbs used in bullet points e.g., programmed, managed.
Avoid The Hard Sell
It’s tempting to use your resume to sell yourself, but this is a big mistake. Employers don’t want to read about how great you are or how many awards you won in high school—they want to know what skills and experience you possess that can help them achieve their goals. Don’t waste valuable real estate on boasting about your achievements, either; employers will see that they need you when they get around to reading the cover letter or interviewing you (if they haven’t already done so).
Make sure that all of your personal information is relevant as well; don’t include any information such as age, marital status or religion unless it’s directly related to the job at hand. You should also avoid including references on your resume unless specifically asked by an employer (and even then only if necessary), since references are usually revealed during an actual interview process anyway.
Use A Template To Get The Layout Right
There are many different kinds of templates you can use in resume creation. Some will help you get the layout right, while others will help you avoid common mistakes.
The best way to find a template that’s right for your needs is to search online. You can also check out some of the options available in your word processor if it has one available for download.
Focus On Your Key Achievements
The fourth step for creating a successful resume is to focus on your key achievements. You want to include accomplishments that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and you want them to be quantifiable. One way of doing this is by using percentages or numbers where possible.
If you don’t have any quantifiable information in your work history, then try using data from other areas of your life that might be relevant. For example, if you were an athlete or volunteer who performed at a high level, you may be able to use some of the same language in your resume as well (e.g., “led team” instead of “managed”).
Don’t Use An Objective Statement
What is an objective statement? It’s a one-sentence summary of what you want to achieve in your career. No employer cares about what you want out of your job — they care about the quality of your work and whether or not you will add value to their company.
In my experience, having a resume that was tailored to each position I was applying for got me more interviews than using a generic resume with an objective statement did. The only time I would recommend putting an objective section on your resume would be if you’re applying for one specific job at a company where the skills required for that position are very specific (and rare).
There are many ways to achieve success with your resume. The most important thing is that you take action on it and make it a priority in your life. If you want to achieve success with your resume, then you need to get started now!