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Research shows that an employer/HR team scans your resume for around 6 seconds to understand if you could be a match. That’s the power of this document. So how to make a resume that is eye catching?
Whether you are looking to change your job, it is important to create a resume and keep it up to date. Many around us may find it worthwhile to have an updated resume for when the opportunity comes knocking.
Consider yourself as an HR person. How to make a resume that will catch your attention? How would you like it to look? What is the information that would matter? What would you interpret about the candidate from the first look you have of his or her resume? With this perspective in mind, you are likely to present yourself appropriately.
Now, let us consider the various aspects of a resume, beginning with the cover letter. If your resume is the gift, your cover letter or job application letter is the wrapping paper. It should evoke interest in you and your work and lead to the HR person who is reviewing it.
Here’s what a catchy job application letter or a cover letter should include:
Creating an impactful resume from scratch can be a challenging task. The body of your resume will differ in different stages of your career. For work experience less than 8 years, it is the projection of the skills that matter more along with current work experience. The moment your work experience increases beyond 8 years or so, then you should place emphasis on your work accomplishments over the skills.
Read on to understand more about these aspects of resume making and make use of our free resume templates.
Let your resume speak not just about your body of work but also about how you can present that work in a logical and easy to understand manner. Let your excellence show in this piece of work as well. As the quote goes “The way you do one thing is the way you do everything.”
Give this activity the time and effort it deserves because let’s be honest first impressions stay on. Here are our tips on how your resume can make a lasting impact.
Starting your resume with an objective is passé. Instead, if you are keen to start with a brief, choose to write an interesting summary. Like a sales pitch, ensure this captures your USP, one that helps you stand out from the competition. Tailor this to suit the position and role you are applying for. Research the company and the role well to know the keywords that matter and would give you brownie points. Show them how you can add value
Keep it short and simple. A one-pager should be good; a maximum of 2 pages if that’s what your experience demands. Brevity is the key. Reserve the details for the face to face interaction
Work experience written in the reverse chronological order is both easy to understand and also helps the HR team know if it is relevant to the position you are applying for. If the skills used in multiple work experiences overlap, mention them once in bullet points to avoid being repetitive
Employer Impression – A resume with appropriate content reflects a candidate’s ability to provide relevant information when required. It speaks about good communication and clarity of thought.
Employer Impression – A resume with a good style and aesthetics vouches for a candidate’s ability to systematically represent information. It speaks of the ability to plan and express well.
Employer Impression – A resume that is personalized reflects a candidate’s confidence in her unique skills. It subtly conveys that the candidate is self- respecting and knows his worth
Here are some free templates that will act as a starting point for creating your resume using the tips given above. There are three downloadable resume templates, depending on the stage of your career:
Basic Template: Download this resume template if you have up to 8 years of experience. This will give you details on optimum placement of your credentials in an aesthetic yet informative manner.
Boss Template: Download this resume template if you are currently or have been in a managerial role in your career. This free template shows you how to highlight your individual as well as team achievements.
Return to Work Template: Download this resume template if you have been on a break. Learn the way to project yourself through your resume when you begin searching for a job again by using this template.
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