More than thousand resumes are sent for job by email or downloaded from a job portal but very few are short listed for interview. Where do all they go? Research has shown that for a particular advertisement in news paper or job portal more than thousand resumes are submitted. How you can make yours mean something for the interviewer.
In the first place, while short listing candidates for a job, Interviewer will be looking for ways to eliminate applicants based on the contents of your resume. The key issue is to make your resume relevant to the job posting. With following tips one can write an effective resume to have an impact on the job interviewer.
Your resume will be thrown to dust bin if it does not address employers need. You are required to customize it to match with job requirements. List down the major points that employer is asking for and then include it in your resume to match it with the requirements.
Format your resume
Formatting is the most important part of your resume for better presentation to the interviewer. Don’t use more than two fonts in your resume. If you want to highlight a point then instead of using another font try to use bold or italic instead.
We suggest you to use Arial or Calibri or Georgia or times new roman with a font size of 12. These fonts can be your best bet for making your resume readable. Keep your header font size to 14 or 16.
Writing style of your resume will differ based on the professional career you have chosen. Have proper headlines by highlighting your most relevant skills, experience first and work your way down to provide other information. You can also look for particular requirements that are frequently mentioned in job advertisements and then use it as keywords throughout your resume.
Spelling or grammatical errors
Regard less of your skills and experience, your resume can get rejected if you have spelling and grammar errors in it. Before sending it to your interviewer you need to make sure that it’s error free and does not have much technical jargon. If possible hand over it to a friend or relative to have their feedback for possible modification.
Things to be excluded
Your interviewer requires only those specific things that are relevant for your job. Things like your age, sex, marital status, religion, photos, height and weight can be excluded from your resume. However you need to include it if specifically it’s asked by your interviewer in job posting.
Make sure to review your resume regularly and updates your fresh skills as needed. Watch out for incorrect contact information and typo errors. Sending a clean resume that meets the job requirements will be your best bet at landing the interview.