Resumes and CV’s are tools to communicate your personal brand with recruiters and employers, so, it is important to build the perfect resume to open doors and get invited to interviews. Our team in JobsInGTA.com has gathered the best tips to help you build your resume and get noticed by recruiters. You need to learn that on average, recruiters scan your resume in seven seconds or less. So, unless they get impressed, your resume will end up in the wrong pile.
Also, you need to capture the recruiter’s attention early and beat his or her short attention span.
- Decide your purpose
Generic resumes are of less value compared to customized and tailored resumes. Start by understanding the position you apply to clearly. Once you understand the position, you can map out your skills and match these to the requirements. The well-defined purpose will help you present yourself in the best way possible. It will also help you decide if this opportunity fits you , your strengths and what you envision your career life as.
- Profile your personal brand
Every one of the candidate is unique, so you are. Ask yourself, what is my personal brand? What are my accomplishments? What can I bring to this company or organization? Your answers to these questions are the elements of your personal brand.
- List your contact information
It might seems a no brainer that you have to list your contact information, but you need to make sure that the phone number you include is the one you answer and the email you provide is the one you regularly check and respond to. Make sure that you include all the requirements included in the job description and all the keywords. You do not want to be excluded because you failed to include and highlight your qualifications.
Your personal brand is way beyond the old-fashion objective statement, it is the overall message you convey through your resume.
- Arrange your resume strategically
As said before, you have 7 seconds to grab the recruiter’s attention; so, do not hide important information in the second page of resume. It is preferably to pack all the important relevant information in the first few paragraphs.
- Tailor, tailor and tailor more
Whatever you decide to include in your resume should be relevant to the specific job you applying to and the specific employer. You might be tempted to list all the tasks included in the job description of your previous job, but do not! Delete those odd jobs you worked in a decade ago and focus on the work experience that include all the transferable skills that you will be using if you were selected for the job.
- Make your resume visually pleasing
You do not need to be a graphic designer to design your perfect resume, but you need to make sure that the reader will be comfortable while reading your resume. Put some extra effort to make sure that the fonts (including the font size) you choose are easy to read, different sections are highlighted and subheadings are clear, and use bulleted lists when possible.