How to write a good resume
Your resume must clearly, concisely and strategically present your qualifications to get a recruiter interested in meeting you. It should convey your skills, work experience and assets. The resume is used to describe what you can accomplish professionally in a manner that also illustrates what you can do for an employer. An updated modern resume is the key to a successful job search. Here are some tips on how to write a good resume and what to include.
– Keep your resume clear and concise
An employer takes an average of 30 seconds to skim a resume. You want them to see right away that you are qualified for the position.
– Proofread your resume numerous times
Be sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Have someone else read it over as well. A simple spelling mistake on a resume can give a negative impression to the employer. It can even prevent you from getting the job.
– Limit your resume to two pages
Place the emphasis of your resume on your most recent experience. Older jobs and experience that are more than 15 years old should either be cut out or minimized. This way, the employer can focus on more relevant information.
– Tailor your resume to suit the position you are applying for
Specify work experience or achievements that are related to the position you are applying to. This can be done by reviewing the job description or the employer website.
– Highlight what you have accomplished
You want to be able to identify the best examples of where you demonstrated your skills. These examples should speak to what you achieved in your role, and should demonstrate what kind of employee you are. It is best to include this information in the “Work experience” section of the resume.
– Be honest
Lying on your resume is never a good idea. You don’t want to overstate your skills or results as it will mislead the employer. Have confidence in what you have to offer.
– Quantify your achievements
Use firm numbers that the employer will understand and be impressed by. For example, how many people you supervised, how many products you sold, by what percentage you increased sales, etc.
– Include unpaid work that show off your skills
If you have volunteered with a well-known organization or worked for an important cause, put it in your resume. You should include these experiences under the “Work experience” or the “Volunteer work” section, especially if they are related to the position you are applying for.
– Double check and include your contact information
Your resume should list your name, address, email and phone number. This information should be placed at the top of the first page. Also, make sure this information is accurate. Otherwise, the employer won’t be able to contact you.
Details retrieved from https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/findajob/resources/write-good-resume