Your resume is your first and best opportunity to generate the interest of hiring managers and recruiters. Your resume tells the tale of your career path and helps employers identify your fit for their needs. An unpolished resume seldom gets a second glance.
Hiring managers typically scan a resume for 10-30 seconds looking for core skills and qualifications. You need to make every second count. When creating a resume, you can format your document on your own or work with a resume template. Either way, you will want to include the following information:
When crafting your resume, it’s important to consider your creation from the viewpoint of prospective employers. A resume that is difficult to read, confusing or riddled with typographical errors will typically be eliminated from consideration. For an effective resume, consider the following suggestions:
Detailing your work experience requires a bit of finesse. It may be impossible to write down everything you have done within the confines of a two-page resume. Only include the details of your past that are relevant to the work you want to do next. Utilize your job descriptions to their fullest potential by focusing on your accomplishments rather than day-to-day tasks. For your work history to shine, consider the following:
Highlighting positional changes and promotions show if you held several positions for the same employer, list every position. Provide each title under the umbrella of the specific employer with the corresponding dates of each position. Your current position should always be documented in the present tense with previous positions in past tense.
Employers are more interested in what you have achieved than the tasks you performed. For example, if your task was to analyze marketing performance, your action might be documented as “Reported ROI of corporate marketing campaigns, improving efficiency by 15 percent.”
Take time to verify the consistency of your text format. Scan for details. If you use dashes, the same dash should be used throughout the text; dates should all appear in the same format. If you use a bold font for one employer, use bold font for all.
If possible, fill the gaps in your employment history with other experiences including education, freelance work, or volunteer services. If you freelanced during your employment hiatus, you can fill the gap with “self-employed” where you would otherwise list an employer.
Employers are looking for an indication that you fit the requirements of the job. Skills to include in your resume are most often connected to specific tools, software or knowledge, such as speaking a language. Your skills can be listed in a single paragraph. Each skill should be separated by a comma.
List your degrees individually starting with the most recent. List your degree by type and field of study (or certification) followed by the name of the institution, city, and state where you obtained your degree. Include any honors received. If you have multiple degrees, your highest level of education should be listed first. If you did not graduate, list the years you attended, and the number of credits earned.
Providing a well-organized, easy to read resume will convey a professional image, and improve your chances of an interview. When you create your resume from an employer’s perspective, your resume could draw more interest. For opportunities In New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Stamford, CT, Atlantic Group Recruiters is there to help. We specialize in connecting companies with the ideal candidates across a wide range of industries.