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Resumes are one of the important parts of your career. It should be clear, strategic, and concise. A well-written, good resume can take you a long way and get the required attention needed by recruiters.
Here are tips you can follow to write a well-structured, well-rounded Resume/CV.
Top 11 Tips for Writing a Good Resume
- An employer takes a look at your resume to get to know you in a short time, so keep your resume to about two pages and not more than that and talk about what is most important! Avoid flowery language, be to the point.
- Proofread your content multiple times; you cannot afford errors in your resume.
- You may also consider tailoring your resume for different job roles, highlighting the skills, qualifications, and previous experience necessary for that particular job.
- Don't include unnecessary personal details.
- Don't include references; you can keep those separate and use them later in the hiring process if you feel you need to, but don't include them in your resume.
- Don't make general statements; each sentence in your resume should point to your ability to be the best candidate an employer should consider.
- Don't be overconfident in your writing, be honest, and don't oversell your work.
- Double-check your contact information.
- Make good use of formatting tools. Use bold, italics, underline, headings, subheadings, titles well. Don't use many different fonts; two should be enough.
- Use your space well, and don't make your resume look overcrowded with text. Make it easy to read and look at for the employer.
- Keep updating your resume with the latest information.
Sections To Include In Your Resume:
Your Name and Contact Details
This is mostly the first section recruiters see. This section should have your full name and a passport-size picture of yours in formal clothing.
The contact details must include your:
- LinkedIn profile name linked to your LinkedIn page.
- Phone number/ Contact number
- Email ID
A good resume not only talks about the work you have done but should also be able to tell the recruiter about you as a person. Talk about your ambition, vision, your professional goals, and your motivation behind them.
When what you are good at is listed in short, concise bullet points, it makes a profound impact. So go ahead and list out all your skills, right from technical skills, like any software you know, to your soft skills like time management, leadership skills, etc., your skills are essential for the employer to know; it is what makes you valuable to them.
This section highlights any certifications/courses you have completed from reputed institutes relevant to your field of work. This helps the recruiter know your professional competency and qualifications as an employer.
Where did you graduate? Where did you go to school? Did you get a diploma? Have you done your post-graduation or a PhD? Fill this section with all your formal educational qualifications. You can also mention the specializations/majors/streams you pursued in each one of them.
Write all work experiences where you demonstrated exceptional skills. These examples must speak of what you did in your role and what you achieved and should tell the recruiter what kind of employer you are. You can list them by using the company you worked for, then your job title, and the months and years you worked there.
After this write, the clearest copy you have ever written in your life. Describe exactly what you did in that work experience. This will help the recruiter see what you worked on previously and help them see how well you used your skills and qualifications and how good you are at what you do. It will also be good to quantify your work, that is, the number of people you worked with, how large your team was, how many people you managed, how many campaigns you worked on, what your different responsibilities were, etc.
You can talk about achievements here that might not directly relate to your work. You may talk about any positions you held in school/college. You may talk about any competitions you won. Keep this section in bullets; it's always easier to read when listing points out.
With that, we come to the end of how you can structure and write an impressive resume, one that most definitely will catch the eye of any recruiter for sure! Don't feel flustered if you don't get it written the first time. That is what drafts are for; you can start by listing everything in your rough document and then start formatting and structuring it the way you want.