Resume writing can be challenging. You want to impress your potential employer but you only have one or two pages to do it. As someone who critiques and writes resumes, I know the difficulties of properly selling yourself on paper.
As someone, who has received resumes, I also know that not everyone knows how to do that.
So, instead of sending out something that will put your resume in the trash, follow these tips to be the number one pick.
Add results to your job description
Telling someone what you have done is great, but giving them real descriptions on how you’re contribution made the company better will actually sell you. You have to remember that employers want something from you. Someone who can’t make stuff happen for them!
Don’t simply write the duties you completed in your job. For example, instead of saying, “I prepared cookies, cupcakes, and donuts,” say “I prepared a dozen cookies, cupcakes, and dozens in 3o minutes.” This shows you are efficient and gets stuff done!
Don’t be afraid to brag
The last place to be modest is your resume. If you have completed something amazing at your last job, include it on your resume. If you are the top social media manager with the highest engagement rates of anyone in your department, say that on your resume. The more you boost yourself up, the more likely you are to stand out.
If you’re doing things outside of your job that compliment that job you want, include it! According to Brittney looks wonderful on my resume when looking for marketing and social media jobs.
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Don’t Over Stuff Your Resume
You definitely want to impress your potential employer on your resume, however leave some things for the cover letter. Unless you’re a senior in your company, your resume should only be a page long.
Condense your resume to only have the very important experiences, jobs, and skills. Everything else can be explained further in your cover letter.
Proofread, Proofread, P.R.O.O.F.R.E.A.D.
Proofreading is something I always struggled with in college. I’ve always been a quick writer which leaves me zipping through the editing process. One thing that has really helped me (other than just slowing down) is simply reading what I wrote aloud. We often hear when something sounds off better than we can see it.
Always be sure to proofread your resume because may employers will write you off for the simplest mistake. When hiring interns for my blog, I can’t tell you how many people didn’t get a callback. You can’t intern for a blog and not have a good sense for writing.
If you follow these tips, your resume will lead to an interview and that interview will lead to a job! Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments below!