In today’s episode, we will discuss five tips to enhance the impact of your resume or CV. Your resume/CV is crucial in securing an interview, so let’s make sure it stands out. Stay tuned until the end as we’ll also showcase some resume samples.
Customize your resume/CV for each job
Avoid using a generic resume. Take the time to tailor your resume/CV to each specific job you’re applying for. Incorporate keywords, skills, and verbiage from the job advertisement. Spend about 20 minutes customizing each one and save them with a clear naming convention for easy identification.
Ensure it’s ATS-friendly
ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System, which many recruiters use to scan resumes. Make sure your resume/CV is ATS-friendly by optimizing it for the scanning machinery. Research ATS guidelines and incorporate appropriate formatting and keywords.
Use business functional and level-specific buzzwords
Identify the relevant buzzwords that align with your desired job. These keywords should be specific to the industry and level of the position. Think about what buzzwords you would use to search for your own resume/CV in an ATS and incorporate them strategically.
Highlight your accomplishments
Rather than focusing solely on your responsibilities, emphasize your accomplishments. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format to present your achievements. Include quantifiable metrics whenever possible, such as dollar values or percentages. Your accomplishments are what will impress potential employers.
Take the time to proofread your resume/CV meticulously. Grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and other typos can create a negative impression. Recruiters and hiring professionals scrutinize resumes, and errors can be red flags. Proofreading is your chance to ensure a flawless presentation.
Keep it concise. Limit your resume/CV to a maximum of three pages. Avoid exceeding this length as it can reduce the chances of it being thoroughly reviewed. Choose either two full pages or three full pages, depending on your career history. For business professionals with more than six or seven years of experience, a one-pager is generally not recommended.
By following these five tips, you can elevate the impact of your resume/CV and increase your chances of securing an interview. Remember to customize it for each job, optimize it for ATS, use relevant buzzwords, highlight your accomplishments, and proofread diligently. Best of luck with your job search!