Advanced Resume Writing Tips
In April, we shared with you some of our basic tips to writing a good resume. We covered things like:
• Basic formatting
• Remembering key sections
• Keeping it to one page
• Watching your verbs
• Checking for typos
These are the basics, the things every resume must have. But here’s the secret: recruiters look at hundreds and hundreds of resumes. How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd?
In this week’s blog, we’ll be covering advanced resume tips. Follow these steps if you want to really take your resume to the next level.
Focus on the aesthetics: A well-designed resume should be easy to read. Each section should be clearly labeled in bold: Objective, Experience, and Education. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to tell if a resume looks messy. Make sure your resume is clean and everything is aligned correctly.
Pay attention to the presentation: If you’re sending your resume digitally, always send it as a PDF file. Try to save your cover letter in the same file, so that you can send both in one document. If you’re printing out this resume and bringing it with you to an interview, put it in a folder so it doesn’t get wrinkled or torn. If you have business cards, it’s a good idea to paperclip one to your resume and cover letter.
Provide professional contact information: Most people think that the phone number and email address are the simplest part of the resume, but there is actually a lot to consider here. The first step is to make sure they are always up to date; provide a phone number that you are almost always available to answer. The next step is to make sure your contact information is professional. Record a voicemail message that is clear and mature, and always answer the phone in a professional manner while you are on the job hunt. It’s also extremely important to have a professional email address, something like “JohnSmith@gmail.com” and not “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Tailor to the job you want: It’s never a good idea to lie on your resume. You want to be completely honest about who you are and what you can do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t tailor your resume toward the job you are applying for. This means focusing on the experience you have that is relevant to the job you want. You don’t have to put every job you’ve ever had on your resume; you can pick and choose. And pay close attention to how you describe those jobs. Your waitressing job could be relevant on an resume for a Medical Assistant (http://www.laort.edu/course/medical-clinical-assistant/) job, if you focus on how that waitressing job provided you with customer service and time management skills.
Writing a stellar resume using the tips above can take a lot of time, but we can assure you it will be time well spent. Recruiters can tell when you go the extra mile, and a clean and focused resume will help you secure the job you’ve always wanted.
If you have any questions about resumes or anything else, our ORT Career Advisors are here for you. Remember, you can do anything you set your mind to!