Sunday, May 4, 2014

HOW TO SHORTEN YOUR RESUME TO GET THE ATTENTION OF RECRUITERS


Unless you’re a seasoned professional, keeping
your resume to concise is crucial. One page is a
good rule of thumb because it keeps things swift
and easy-to-scan for your future employer.
“Focus on communicating how what you possess
meets my needs instead of focusing on how
pretty your resume is or whether you have two
bullet points or a dozen,”
Things to watch out for in preparing your CV

1.Remove Generic Self-Descriptors
First of all, delete these 10 filler words. They’re
unnecessary and fill up space. Regular readers
of Resume Tip Tuesday have already done this
and are one step ahead.
Then, look for any generic words that you use to
describe yourself. A super popular one: Detail-
oriented.
“If you to communicate want you're detail-
oriented, then make sure your resume is error-
free! Don't write detail-oriented in your objective
or summary statement,” says Joseph Terach of
Resume Deli. “ Everyone says that about
themselves.”
Listing it does nothing for your case…proving it
does.

2. Delete Irrelevant Experience
Each resume should be tailored to your desired
position. Ask yourself: “Does your reader need
to know about the four-month job you held in
2003?” .
Clear out any irrelevant experience you have in
your resume. “Or at least minimize them

3. Remove Simple, Common Skills
“If it’s obvious that you use MS Office software
in your job (e.g. your experience section already
mentions use of spreadsheets; scheduling
meetings; designing slides), there’s no reason to
list the basic Word, Excel, etc. in your skills
section,”
Only include vital skills that you know managers
might be searching for.

4. Smart Formatting
Choose smaller fonts that read well. Calibri and Arial read well in just
a 9.5 font size, taking up less space.
“You can also get away with smaller top-bottom
margins than left-right margins (your page keeps
better perspectives,”
Beware: “If you shrink your margins too small
and MS Word will force your reader to resize
them before printing. Not cool. You don't want to
give your reader a work assignment just to be
able to print and share your document.”
Test it before sending it off.
5. Consider Two Key Bullet Points
You can make a big punch per position with just
two key bullet points. Artie Lynnworth, author of
life-lessons from his 40-year career in corporate
leadership, calls them “couplets.”
“A couplet is simply a combination of a key skill
with a key result,” he says.
“For example, creative marketing strategy
[the skill] enabled a 15% growth of product
sales in the first year, and a 10% per year
growth during the next three years [the
result].”
Longer work periods call for a few more
couplets, he says. But this is a great guideline to
follow to keep things concise and powerful.
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