Our resume is the first connection between us and the recruiters and can make the difference between landing an interview or not. Thus, it is crucial that you invest a good amount of time and hard work while making your resume because HR of every company gets thousands of CV every day. And if your portfolio doesn’t stand out it will be difficult for the recruiter to grab it.
The time has come to let go of the old clichés, and spice up your resume by making it unique, short and informative. Moreover, you can include graphics like charts and photos where necessary. Also, sending out a general resume to every company will not work as every organization has different needs. So, make changes to your CV every time you send it out so that it fits the profile of the recruiting company.
Here are 5 smart ways that will help you convert your old resume into an extraordinary one:
1. Always be honest
Lying in your resume or claiming about something that you have not done is wrong. Sooner or later it will come to bite you in your ass which can even harm your job and reputation. So, make sure that the CV has all the correct information whether it’s about a course or a job. Even exaggerating about something can sometimes work against you. So, if you have lies plastered on your resume, either turn them into the truth or just edit them out.
2. Don’t use any objective statements
We all made resumes that started with the catchphrase, ‘looking forward to being a valuable asset for your company’ etc. but now this type of statement is not in trend. It is an old trend which has lost all its charm. Instead of writing the objectives column, one can go out writing a summary section in short that will tell the recruiter about you and what type of work you have done, your qualities and why you think that you are suited for this job.
This type of summary or story which tells them how you achieved certain feet will definitely work in your favor.
3. Provide information that adds value
If you are one of those people who think that making a 2-3 page resume and listing every small detail will help you get shortlisted, then you are wrong.
A resume is not your autobiography; it is your portfolio so stick to the basic and important facts.
Like talk about your education in chronological order, then move on to job experience, and every job must be summed in 2 lines.
Also, if you are a fresher, you can write your hobbies otherwise for a professional his/her social media profiles are enough. You can also create a freshers resume with tools like Canva. It is absolutely free and can help you design a decent CV within minutes.
For a creative person, it is important to add links to his/her YouTube/Instagram/Blog links and everyone must include their LinkedIn profiles.
Moreover, remember to avoid pronouns and words like a team player, instead focus of action verbs like leadership so that recruiters know that you mean business.
4. Always add references
Write the number of your previous employer so that your current recruiter can take a recommendation from him/her. This is very important as good words about your work certainly help your profile. Also, you can add some appreciative quotes or testimonials about your work.
Moreover, remember to add just your job designation and achievements, don’t describe it in a paragraph as no one wants to read what your job was all about just your accomplishments.
5. Use good and uniform font
Your resume is your first impression on the recruiter, so make sure that it looks aesthetically pleasing too. For this, use a font that is readable and looks professional like Times New Roman or Arial. Also, the size of the text should be 12-14 pts, and the font should be uniform throughout the resume.
You can even use bar charts and photos if you think they will fit your profile better.
Always remember, that the language you use in your resume should be strong, but easy to understand. Don’t use fancy words instead lean towards powerful words. Hopefully, these tips will help you to make a better resume and get shortlisted for your dream job.
Author bio: Prince Kapoor is seasoned Marketing Analyst and Blogger. With his skills, he has been helping fellow marketers and brands worldwide. You can reach him out on www.princekapoor.com