Writing a great resume is tough for most job seekers.
And even when you think you’ve nailed down the art of resume writing, you’re not guaranteed to get invited to more job interviews.
So, how can you write a resume that instantly attracts the attention of recruiters and lands you your dream job?
Here are 3 essential tips to help you create a resume that works like a passport to your a dream career.
1. Tailor Your Resume to the Job Description
If you fail to grab the attention of hiring managers, you won’t get invited to a job interview.
What if I told you there is a way to write a killer resume that’s full of the information recruiters want?
Well, there is. And it’s all about tailoring your resume to the job description every time you apply for a different job.
Start by creating a master resume. It’s a resume that includes all of your skills, experience, qualifications, and accomplishments.
When a job offer catches your eye, you’ll use your master resume as a guide for your final tailored resume by selecting relevant material that matches the opportunity.
For example, an employer looking for a graphic designer able to juggle several projects at the same time might write the following job description:
“Able to work on several projects at once, often to tight deadlines.”
Look at your last graphic design job. Are there any responsibilities on your master resume that show you can multitask and work to tight deadlines? Add those first and leave out responsibilities that the job offer doesn’t mention.
Remember to add some phrases verbatim: “Spearheaded up to 12 campaigns at once, often to tight deadlines.”
2. Use These 5-minute Hacks to Instantly Boost Your Resume
Hack 1: Make your resume scannable.
On average, recruiters spend only 6 seconds browsing your resume for relevance.
Make the most of that time by creating a well-structured resume that’s easy to scan. Divide your resume into sections, align your text to the left, and place the most important information in the top third of your document.
Hack 2: Include numbers and details wherever possible.
Let’s return to our previous example. Here’s one way to describe your experience:
“Worked on several campaigns at once, often to tight deadlines.”
And here’s how you make it stand out:
“Spearheaded up to 12 campaigns at once, often to tight deadlines.”
Numbers and figures instantly attract the attention of recruiters. They also help them imagine you achieving similar results on the job.
3. Include a Compelling Cover Letter
When sending a resume to a potential employer, you need to attach a cover letter. Almost half (45%) of recruiters will reject resumes without cover letters.
Your cover letter or application letter is where you can talk more about things you kept brief on your resume. And don’t forget to tailor your cover letter to the job description as well.
Use these tips to craft your resume, and you’re bound to score an interview that will help you carve a path to a rewarding career and a successful lifestyle.
For more critical resume tips, have a look at this infographic from Uptowork.