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Job Seekers: How to Write Your Resume

Your resume is not only a document that shows your background, but it also reveals about your potentialities for the future.

A resume or CV is an important document that provides potential employers with a snapshot of your skills and experience. Updating your resume regularly is a good way to ensure that it remains current and accurate. It is important to have both a physical and an online resume. This allows you to be easily found by professionals across the internet.

When it comes to job search, your resume is a key tool. It is a chance to present yourself to potential employers and make a good first impression. Your resume should be well-written, far from false elements and formatted to the specific job you are applying for.

This article is for job seekers who want to improve their resumes to increase their chances of getting an interview.

1. Format and layout

According to research suggestions, most of the recruiters scan a resume within 10 seconds before deciding to reject it or move forward. So, keep in mind that first impression is critical to get on the list of consideration.
Format style and its visual presentation are the first things to be noticed by the recruiter. Well-designed resumes have more chances to attract first impression than bad looking ones. A good formatted resume encourages recruiters to read it further.

There are different formats that go aligned with different professions. Before you begin writing it, think about the format associated with your professional field and development that you are looking to apply for. Nevertheless, the basic thing to remember is that the format you choose must be clear and easy to read, including highlights of most important elements.
Here are some tips to consider when it comes to layout of your resume:
a) Organised Section
Start with your professional background and place below your education section. Order your sections clearly. Expand within sections by writing the main points starting from present to past chronological order. At the end, have a section for additional information such as languages and skills.

b) Visual reading flow
The resume should provide the reader with an easy floating time. Important to know that a resume isn’t there for the reader to process it, instead it is a straightforward way state your professional identity. Thus, to achieve this, break your resume into sections. Use bold font to highlight section headings and select 11 or 12 pt. font size. Also, spacing in between lines and sections should be considered.
c) Use bullets
After structuring your sections, bullet points can be used within each description so to make the information easily digestible and a breeze to skim read.

d) Keep it short
Many of us, especially those who have expanded professional background, tend to stretch the resume in over one page. Well, sometimes, you can’t do otherwise. However, is good to know that more information isn’t always better as it impresses your CV as unfocused. In order to not miss the opportunity, try to fit your CV into fewer pages that you can, if a single page isn’t enough for you.

2. Add your contact information

Your contact information must be clearly visible at the top of the resume. This is a critical piece of information that you don’t want to forget placing it on your resume, otherwise the recruiter will never get in touch with you. See the example below:

Name: of the Applicant
Tel: 00000000000
Email: email@example.com
Website: www.example.com
Address: 0000 Street, City, Country, Post Code

3. Use compelling style into your writing 

It is certain to all recruiters that applicant’s experiences are broader than a resume can encompass. The most important part of a resume is the experience section. Try to clarify your desired job and career goals and to which aspects of the resume you need to emphasize according to your aims.
When building this section, remember to:
Keep a consistent format: Include your job title and company name, the years you worked there, and a short (very short) description of your role.

• Focus on skills recruiters are looking for: These skills are key terms associated with your industry position or profession. You find them in the job description of the role you’re applying for. As you go through a description of your previous roles, link it with the specific skills your recruiters are looking for.

• Use active voice: Start by a verb and state your achievements by using active rather than passive voice.

• Show your leadership aspect: By using active language, you can choose words that show your leadership aspect and willingness. Do this only whenever relevant, otherwise do not write something that you don’t mean.

• Show your developing side: Emphasize professional development and skills you gained from previous roles. Show your responsible side, the desire to learn new things and that you’re always willing to progress even more.

4. Additional details

This section should be written according to the job position and the spectrum of profession you’re applying for. In most job application, especially in the culture-creative industry, additional details are as good in the resume. However, there are particular fields such as those technical that do not require additional. In the case additional details are required as significant, we recommend writing in bullet points these:
• Your skills: technical and software-kind
• An image of yours
• Hobbies
• Volunteer work
• Personal statement

5. Review and edit

This step is the last one before you submit your application. Remember, the person who’s writing the resume becomes familiar with the words and paragraphs, meaning that grammar mistakes are unseen before the eyes. You must find time to relax your eyes and mind from the resume. Try to leave the place you’ve been writing of your resume, go for a short walk or direct your view for a while into the sky. Come back after minutes or the next day and review your resume. Make necessary changes and edit if needed. Also, double check lines that bring value to your resume.

After writing your resume, read it out loud to make sure that the sentences flow smoothly and that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Someone else can also be as great help to review your resume as he/she is unfamiliar with what will read, meaning that mistakes can’t escape the eye view.

To conclude with, make sure your formatting is consistent. Typography – including the spacing, font size, bolding, and headings – should be styled steadily throughout the page (s).

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