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- On November 28, 2012
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3 easy tips to optimize your resume for a dream job
Applying for a job these days take more than just a degree and an impressive work experience. Resumes that do not deliver employment information the right way are a burden to recruiters encouraging them to toss it to the rejection bin. And this is the last thing you want them to do. Your resume must be a compelling read for recruiters, an interesting account of your professional history and an accurate description of your potentials. You must be able to help recruiters imagine your future performance so that you can land the job fast and easy. Sadly applicants fail to do this not because they are not qualified or failed to meet the set standards for the job, but they fail to sell themselves right to organizations.
So how can you make your resume stand out in the sea of application documents hiring people process every day? Here are some key tips you can use today to maximize your resume and make is a source of relevant professional data worthy of a second look.
1- Make it short and concise
Many applicants feel that the more information they put into the resume the more impressed recruiters will be of their professional accomplishments. But more often than not the opposite is true. Too many details that do not have real value to the application can be interpreted as noise and non-sense blabber. Recruiters will have little reason to read on and know more about your employment value and you will end up missing your chance of selling yourself best to the organization. So write pertinent details only that can be tied up directly to the job you are applying for and the skills it requires from you.
Steer clear of generic resumes, using the same one for different companies and designations. The more “general” your resume content is the lesser your chance of standing out for a specific position. Always analyze the job you are applying for, and then customize your resume so that you can align yourself clearly with the position you want to fill. Recruiters who see potential from the first few lines of your resume will go on reading it and consider you worth their time to know better.
2- There are no small things
In writing a resume there are no small details. All the things you write in there will be used to measure your competence and fitness for a job. Be mindful of your spelling, the words that you use, your resume formatting, even your grammar when writing descriptive phrases in your resume. All these will reflect your ability to work for the organization. Proof read your resume over and over again and make sure it reads nice.
3 – Accomplishments not tasks
Applicants have the tendency to write all the tasks of their previous jobs and assume that helps in their application. Well it does not and tend to make resumes more like a job description of the previous organization. It is better to describe, provide details, even put in metrics of the accomplishments you had with the previous position. Do not stop on “tasked to provide customers with amazing service”, but go on instead by writing “was able to devise effective check-out processes that made guest processing faster by 30%”. This way you are giving more reasons for recruiters to consider you for your skills and initiative, not the functions you once held.
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