Before we look into the ways to improve your resume, let’s understand what a resume is and why it’s used?
What is a resume & why it is used?
A resume is a marketing tool in the form of a document created by an individual to present their background, skills, and accomplishments.
How to improve?
Although there are many ways to improve your resume, we will look into the top 7 ways.
- Think like your Prospective Employer and Focus on the top-third of your resume.
Most of the jobs advertised receive a countless number of applications and it’s not feasible to go through every job application! So recruitment managers only spend a few seconds reviewing each resume, so the top portion of your resume should capture their attention. It should be relevant to the job advertised and market your application.
- Use Job-related Keywords
Almost all the companies and recruiters use keywords to identify qualified candidates. If you don’t use the relevant keywords in your resume, it will be overlooked by the electronic applicant tracking systems, in other words, your application will not be filtered to the next stage of application.
To learn more about these critical and up-to-date keywords, refer to online job postings (e.g: seek, Jora), the jobs advertised and “About Us” areas of company websites & LinkedIn job postings and group conversations.
- Resume should be tailor-made to the job you apply
Using a generic resume for all the job applications would not work out. This is tied to the previous one about using job-related keywords.
Go through and understand the job advertised, highlight the required and relevant skills in your resume and if you don’t have the relevant experience and skillset, focus on highlighting transferrable skills that might suit the job advertised.
- Quantify your results
Use numbers and percentages whenever possible to quantify your results. An example could be ‘Managed a team of 25 consultants’ or ‘improved the customer satisfaction rate from 80% to 87%’.
- Achievements factor
What are the top things about yourself that your prospective employer might want to know?
Think about your achievements in your previous roles and highlight them. There is no right or wrong but focus on the most appropriate ones that might market your resume for the job advertised.
Keep your resume between 1-2 pages. Always remember the time factor that your resume got only a few seconds to a minute to make a mark.
- Declutter your resume
Remove unnecessary information that does not add value to the job advertised. Ask yourself if you would like to see the information if you are the hiring manager.
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