Top 3 Tips for writing your resume
Of course, just like most of us we have heard it all before – there are ton of tips that can definitely add value to your resume from a formatting perspective, but your biggest asset is positioning. Is your resume doing a good job of positioning you?
If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, knowing where to start can be difficult. The key is to identify your list of relevant experiences and accomplishments that resonate with the jobs you are applying for. Once you’ve done that, writing a resume is all about positioning and making sure that you are seen as the top candidate for the role.
When a hiring manager sees your application, they take 6 seconds to scan and see if you have all the key things they might be looking for. In that time, you may not make it past the screen or the filtering. Make your resume count.
Put the Best Stuff upfront
Be picky with what you include. Avoid hollow, vague and overused words. Your resume is being filtered against other qualified candidates, only the most qualified is selected. So how does the selection happen? By making sure your best experiences and accomplishments are visible on the top third of your resume.
Paint a picture of your impact – use numbers
To a hiring manager, this is a very important decision. A bad hire can cost money, performance issues, time and have a negative impact on the team dynamics. They want to know that the person they are bringing onboard can do the job and has demonstrated experiences to work well with the team, stakeholders, and clients. Use as many statistics, and numbers as you can in your bullet points. Quantify your accomplishments and impact to paint a picture of your work and the value you will bring to the organization.
Keep it Simple
Focus on readability, make your resume “easy” on the hiring managers’ eyes. Make it “skimmable” with lots of white space and relevant headings. Avoid using industry jargons, make sure it is readable, relevant, and curated with concise bullets. If the recruiter has to think about the meaning of what you wrote – then you won’t be a good fit. Communication, presentation, and simplicity is key when writing your resume – it’s also a window into your own personal branding.