At a first glance, sitting down and crafting your résumé might sound like an ordinary, dull thing to do. This is one of the main reasons that explain why so many people –talented or not– fail to get a job. A lot of job seekers seem to ignore it, but crafting and writing an effective résumé can be the difference between getting a job and not even being considered for it. This short article will summarize some of the most important aspects that job seekers should take in account when writing or editing their résumé.
1. Know yourself (and be vain)
One of the main errors many people make when writing their résumé is not being able to properly describe their professional self. This is especially true when it comes to choosing just the right skills and abilities to put down on your paper. As a preliminary phase, it is always good to make a list of your skills and abilities, and then narrow them to the best four or five. Try to choose not only your most outstanding skills, but skills that differ one from another, and that can help make a broader impression of your professional profile. If you are having trouble finding words to describe your skills you can always read other résumés online, or look for a bank of adjectives that might have just the right word. Just remember never to write down anything that isn’t true.
2. Important points go on top
Recruitment employees don’t have a lot of time in their hands. They either have a lot of positions to cover, or one very important position with many applicants. A safe way to keep your résumé out of the trashcan is to order your points properly. This doesn’t mean you have to edit your résumé each time you apply for a different job. Keeping a standardized form and your most important points on top is always a good idea. Professional profiles and outcomes (objectives) are determinant for most companies, and might help you get through enough filters to show the best of you during an interview. Work experience is also another point you should keep on top. Skills, languages, academic experience and courses are usually kept at the bottom of your résumé.
3. Show your personality
Even if a job requires a serious, nonchalant profile, it is a good idea to present a friendly résumé. Don’t be so stiff when describing yourself. Keep always a formal tone, but be creative on your profile, positions and your objectives. Résumés show your skills and experience, but they can also represent your personality. Show yourself as an open, treatable person without loosing any professionalism, and you might get that job.
These steps might be simple, but they can make the difference between a boring, ordinary résumé and an interesting eye-catching document. Remember to return back to your résumé to update it with any new information or skills you might have developed. Résumés are not static, permanent documents, and constant modification is required to have it up to date and working.