How to Build a Professional Resume
Applying for a job can be tough. You’re going to have to go out of your way to be noticed, show up to all your interviews prepared, and submit a lot of requirements before you ever land the gig. But before all of that can happen, you need to submit your resume—something that makes or breaks your entire application.
Making your resume professional and tightly written can drastically increase your chances of being hired right from the get-go. Depending on the company, sometimes it will be the only way your name even gets a second glance.
First and foremost, you’re going to want to make sure that your resume is grammatically immaculate. Not one typo should be seen throughout the entire ordeal, or else you’re going to get passed over by recruiters.
The next thing you have to do is to pay attention to how your resume is written. Are the bullet points formatted correctly? Are there no long, dragging paragraphs? Did you convey your skills and their importance to your previous companies correctly? These are all aspects that allow you resume to be read more easily.
Also look to tidy up your resume. Don’t include skills that aren’t related to the job you’re applying for. If you have any extra interests or hobbies that you think will be relevant to the job, that’s the only time it’s okay to include them. Freeing your resume of clutter is one of the best ways to catch an employer’s eye.
If you’re looking to get into a specific type of company, choose the type of resume you want to present carefully. Would it be better to arrange your accomplishments chronologically or by skill category? Do you have to angle your resume to compliment your portfolio, should the application require one? It all depends on what you’re applying for.
Remember that paying attention to these details not only shows that you are put together. It also underscores the fact that you are keeping the company in mind, and even before getting hired, are putting your best foot forward.
Lastly, we go to the subject of the cover letter. In a highly digital world, finding jobs online is becoming increasingly common. More and more, we’re seeing applicants simply fill out a LinkedIn profile and submitting cover letters instead.
In this case, you want your cover letter to be short and sweet. Don’t bore the employer with long-winded speeches about how good you are. Offer them a short list of your skills and accomplishments and invite them to look at your profile should they want to know more.
Apply all these properly and you should have no problem landing that interview when the time comes.