Even if you think you’re the most qualified person for the available position, you must be able to place and present qualifications in your resume effectively. Make sure your resume gets past the tracking system so that it lands in the hands of your potential employer.
Here’s what employers usually look for in a resume:
Clarity and Consistency
Make sure every section of your resume is laid out well so that key information is highlighted. Remember that your organizations, job titles and work periods should be readily identifiable. Don’t try too hard by choosing a complicated resume style using various fonts, different bullet types and the like. It’s better to follow a clean, general, easy-to-read format and style.
Make sure your resume is not too crowded; it can make your resume an eyesore. You need to get the reader’s attention in just 10-15 seconds. To do this, make sure to highlight your strongest skills at the top of the document, above everything else.
If you’re going to use bullets, make sure they are clear and concise. You can expand upon those shortened bullet points when you are invited for an interview and use them as talking points.
You can highlight your accomplishments in the past and how you were successful in your roles and tasks, and expand upon that in brief stories in your interview. This will help you convince the interviewer of what you can do for the company.
Don’t use clichéd phrases, and make sure your resume is free of grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. Not proofreading your resume is a sign that you’re not paying attention to details. (It also says a lot about your performance as an employee.)
Employers don’t like to read the same words and phrases over and over again. Use your creativity to present your thoughts uniquely. If you find you’ve used the same lines again and again, you can try paraphrasing them instead. You want your resume to stand out and reflect your personality.
Whenever possible, keep your resume down to a single page. Don’t add superfluous information that will make your resume too long to read. Focus on including what really matters to the company you are applying for. (Don’t include hobbies and interests that are not related to the position.)
Don’t repeat tasks across job descriptions, and don’t create a resume that’s been fleshed out by heavy reliance on a thesaurus.
To ensure compatibility, create your resume in different formats and try sending them to yourself so you will know how they will look when the employer receives them.
Though these steps may not guarantee you a position, they will help you to create a resume that’ll be more worth reading, which can help lead you to the job you want.