When you’re looking to write an excellent resume, you might be thinking that you need to do something that’s absolutely extraordinary. You might even be going online to research the most flamboyant formats and templates you can use. But, you really don’t have to break your back to write an excellent resume. Sometimes, it’s the little things that count and set you apart.
While employers might consider fancy templates visually appealing, they’re much more concerned with the content than the aesthetics. That’s why we’ll be giving you these four tips to help you write an excellent resume. They are:
Make it simple and easy to read
Even if you’re applying for the position of an English professor at Oxford University, it doesn’t necessarily mean your hirer is interested in seeing how many ridiculously huge words you can fit into a sentence. As a matter of fact, if not for the peculiarities of your resume, many people prefer communication where they can make eye contact instead of talking too much. You’ll understand what we mean by that if you read this post. So, while writing your resume, do your best to ensure that you are communicating in a way that your potential employer is going to understand.
Properly highlight your achievements
If you’re applying for a job, it’s safe to say that other people are applying for that position as well. In fact, considering the current state of the economy, unless you’re being appointed, it’s likely that several other people have sent in their CVs too.
(You know, the same way multiple people have subscribed to our email list.)
As such, your employer is likely to be shuffling through hundreds of resumes. While that shouldn’t be much of an issue, the problem is that people often tend to get shorter attention spans. It happens the most when they’re working on one thing for extended periods. So, if you want your employer to notice a skill or achievement that will stand you out, make sure you highlight it properly with bigger fonts and better letters.
Customize your resume for the job you’re going for
While writing your resume, make sure that everything you’re putting in there is applicable for the job you want to get. For example, you might have had experience as a graphics designer and as a journalist. if that’s the case, you shouldn’t include the former in a writing job you’re applying for. Indeed, you have the skill. However, it isn’t what they’re looking for in their employees.
Only add jobs you’ve had within the last 10-15 years
There’s a relatively thin line between very experienced and outdated. So, when you’re applying for a job, you shouldn’t include experience from more than 15 years ago. Unless it is was an incredibly relevant position, word of mouth during your interview would be just fine. If your experience section consists mainly of old stuff, you might be considered outdated.