You have found what seems to be the perfect job opening; you are a graduate ready to begin your career; you are a victim of the economic downturn and must now seek new employment; you are ready for a career change and believe your skills relate to several other fields. Whatever the reason, you are ready to begin your resume or CV writing but are unsure of design, language, and most effective method of delivery. The following suggestions and tips should assist you in the critical task.
Finding Resume Templates
Dependent upon your unique circumstances, you will want to study various resume templates and sample resumes, before launching into your own creation. A simple “Google” search will provide thousands of sites that offer the examples of resumes of every type. Here, you can review the samples and determine which best fits your situation. For example, if you are currently employed and looking for a more responsible position in the same field, you will want to use one of the traditional chronological resume templates; if you are looking to change careers, you will want to focus on skills, strengths, and qualities that relate to that field; if you are a “newbie” to the world of work, you will need to highlight education, certifications, and all non-employment activities that have provided employability potential. Some items are common to all resumes, so be certain that these will be included in any resume that you write.
Before you write your career goal, your career summary statement, or any listing of responsibilities and accomplishments, think about the job(s) for which you are applying. There will be certain terminology and key words that apply to specific career objectives and you should incorporate those when you write a resume. If applying to a specific company, do the research! Access the site, read, and make note of specific wording and terminology, so that you may use these as you present yourself. If you are posting your resume on a career search website, moreover, be certain that the keywords/phrases specific to your field are included in your document. Potential employers often conduct keyword searches when looking for relevant resumes on employment/career sites. Another important consideration that relates to resume formats is the use of active rather than passive verbs and phrases. Instead of, “responsible for collection of all loan documents,” one should write, “Successfully collected all required loan documents.” See the difference?
Resumes that are delivered in response to a specific position opportunity will go directly to the decision-maker, usually via email or fax. Be certain that your resume is in either Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format, especially if it is emailed. The same advice applies if a resume is posted online at any employment/career sites. Almost no resumes are mailed through the postal system anymore, but hard copies will be necessary if one is attending a career fair or has been invited to an interview as a result of networking or an initial request for a cover letter only. Be certain that the hard copies are clear and dark in print.
A Final Word
Employment searches have become increasingly complex, given current economic conditions and the use of technology. Still, the ability to present oneself in a compelling and unique manner remains the major factor in obtaining that critical interview. If you have concerns relative to resume format, language, or delivery, consulting the best resume writers will be worth the time and expense!