You’re a smart job seeker. You know that your résumé is a key part of getting a new job. That’s why you’re taking this time to learn how to write a résumé so you have the best chance of landing an interview and then the job.
Whether it’s your first time writing a résumé or you’re simply updating an old one, these tips will help you make sure you’re doing all you can to have the best one possible. Created by IT staffing unit Aditi Staffing, the following infographic details in eight simple steps the basics of how to craft out a stellar résumé to snag that desired job.
How to write a résumé
Step 1: Know your job before writing a résumé
The style and format can change depending on the job that you’re applying for. You should tailor your résumé for every job you apply to by making sure that you make sure to add, subtract, or alter small bits of content to match the unique requirements of each employer. Therefore, if the varying types of jobs you are pursuing require substantially distinct experience, knowledge, skills or credentials, you would opt for separate résumés.
Step 2: Keywords
If you want to be found by recruiters, then you need to add certain key words that they’re looking for. Some of the phrases that you should NOT use when you write a résumé are: job duties, related coursework, proven abilities, married with children, transferable skills, results-oriented, and ‘had’.
Step 3: Choose a suitable format
Templates are available all over the internet. The problem is finding the right one for the job you’re applying for. If you’re going into a more corporate setting, then you probably should have a clean, professional looking one. If you’re headed to a small or medium sized business, you can be a little more creative.
Step 4: Header
Do NOT put ‘résumé’ in the header. Gone are the days of different colours, highlighting or bolding your text.
Step 5: Objective
This section isn’t necessary when you write a résumé. Including it means that it should focuse on answering the employer’s question “Why should I hire you?” It should quickly and concisely describe your qualifications for the position and the unique value you will bring upon your appointment.
Step 6: Educational qualifications summary & work experience
Hiring managers are busy people. A single job posting might attract thousands of résumés. To get noticed, this section should be packed with your most sought-after skills, abilities and attributes. However, remember to keep it short, simple and precise; try to avoid lengthy descriptions.
Step 7: Achievements
Remember that your résumé is like a brochure for a product that someone might be interested in buying. In this case you are the product, and the possible purchasers are employers who are considering hiring you. Shouldn’t you boast about your accomplishments, just as a product’s brochure highlights the great things it can do for you?
Step 8: Skills/hobbies/languages
Again, this section isn’t mandatory. However, if you do add it, don’t add too many skills that aren’t relevant to the job you’re applying to. Languages on the other hand are more beneficial. Canada is home to many newcomers who bring with them the ability to speak several languages in addition to English. The result is a wide range of languages in a society where English and French are recognized as the two official ones. So why not use your mother tongue to boost your job search efforts?
Want more tips? Check out the anatomy of a successful résumé.