Creating a resume
The function of a resume is to give hiring managers enough information about you so that they will invite you for an interview. In order to write it effectively, you need to focus on your intent, the role and industry you are applying for.
Your resume should be clear, concise, consistent and highlight your strengths:
- Clear – Whoever reads your resume should have a clear understanding of who you are, what skills you possess, your accomplishments and the career path you have chosen up to this point.
- Concise – There should be a reason why every word is on your resume. Are there redundant phrases? Review your resume and determine if all the content is indeed making you a stronger candidate.
- Consistent – If your resume is in a consistent format, readers will be focusing on what you have written, not how you have written it. If you have different ways of presenting job titles and your formatting changes for each position, it will be distracting to the reader. Instead of focusing on your best qualities they will waste valuable time deciphering your resume. Use clear, 12 pt. font and make sure that you have ample white space on your resume; it should be inviting to read.
- Highlight your Strengths – If you don’t market yourself on your resume, the reader won’t be able to read between the lines. Focus on your achievements, strengths and skills. Make sure they are clear and easy for the reader to identify.