Essential Tips to Writing a Standout Resume
One of the most frequently asked questions by job seekers is how to make their resumes stand out. Have you tried hard to improve your resume but never seem to achieve good results? Here’s how to write a great resume hiring managers are likely to pick up.
Show a Winning Personality
Your resume is not only for highlighting your qualifications. Use it to show your winning personality. Inject a bit of your character and let “you” shine. Try to come across as a real person, one who’s friendly and passionate. You can be personable yet remain professional. Try to use positive language to demonstrate that you are engaging, entertaining, and confident with your professional credentials. Potential employers should feel your upbeat and positive attitude right after reading your resume.
Use an Easy to Read Format
Format your resume in a way that all your important details are in one place, usually the top half of the document. This helps hiring officers skim and scan for work experiences, skills, and qualifications easily. About.com’s Alison Doyle says that though there’s no perfect resume format, resumes with a profile or a headline are bound to shine this 2013. Format your document and combine this element with accessible work information to write a standout resume. This gives the document the boost it needs to get noticed.
Proofread for Quality
The worst thing that can happen to you is for your resume to be noticed for all the wrong reasons. Grammar and spelling errors are unacceptable in a document as important as a resume. Proofread the content as many times as you can to ensure that it’s 100% error free.
Dailywritingtips.com shares these proofreading tips:
- Concentrate: It’s easier to spot grammar and spelling errors if you focus on what you’re writing. Minimize noise, distractions and other potential interruptions. Turn off the TV or the radio and stop checking your Facebook or Twitter account long enough to finish writing your resume.
- Print it Out: Print a copy of your resume and read what you’ve written out loud. This will allow you to correct errors you missed out when you were writing the document on your computer.
- Read Words Backward: The brain automatically corrects spelling errors within sentences. Reading words backward help increase awareness and allows you to see mistakes easier.
- Watch out for apostrophe, contraction and punctuation errors: Words like “your” and “you’re”, “it’s” and “its” and “they’re” and “their” mean different things. These are common errors to make so watch out for them. Use the dictionary to check the meaning and the right usage when writing your resume.
- Do Peer Editing: Get a friend to proofread your resume one more time to catch errors you may have missed. Peer editing is a great way to ensure you’re writing a winning resume.
At the end of the day, employers are just looking at clearing the mounting stack of documents off their table. These tips will help you write a standout resume that’s sure to get any potential employers' attention.
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