You only get one chance to make a great first impression with recruiters and hiring managers, so it’s extremely important to have a professional resume that shows why you’re best for the job.
Presenting your education, experience, skills, certifications, and achievements in a professional and easy-to-digest resume can put you ahead of the competition.
How do you create a resume that will get you noticed? Find out as we share our top five resume tips with you!
Use a Resume Template
Want to know the secret to a beautifully designed, professional resume? It’s a resume template! Templates can make your resume stand out from the crowd by presenting your information in an appealing and professional way.
There are many options when choosing a resume template, both free and paid. The most important thing to remember is that the template needs to be professional looking and easy to navigate. Headlines should clearly mark each section so that hiring managers can easily find the information they need.
Also, choose a template that is relevant to your industry. For example, if you’re applying to a medical job, you want your resume to align with that field. Using color in your resume can be a great way to stand out, as long as it’s appropriate for your field.
Here are some resume template resources to help you get started:
Many times, when you apply for a job, your resume is entered into an applicant tracking system, which is a database that stores all the resumes a company receives. Recruiters and hiring managers can search through resumes to find candidates that have the experience, education, and certifications they are looking for. This is similar to when you search for something on Google using keywords.
When writing your resume, you need to add in the keywords hiring managers are using to search for resumes in their applicant tracking system. This will optimize your resume and make it easier to find.
How do you know which keywords to use? To figure this out, look at the job description and pick out the most important things they are looking for in a candidate including education, experience, skills, and certifications. Then, use the same keywords and language as much as possible in your resume.
Include Essential Information
For every resume, there is a pretty standard list of relevant information that needs to be included. This information is what hiring managers need to know in order to evaluate a candidate for a specific job.
- Name and contact information – Add your full name, an appropriate email address, and your phone number at the top of your resume.
- Education – List the degree, school, and year graduated for all your education.
- Experience – Add all relevant experience including the company, job title, dates you worked there, and a description of the job you performed.
- Certifications – List relevant certifications and the date you earned them.
- Skills – List all the skills you have that are relevant to the job.
- LinkedIn – As long as it’s up-to-date, include a link to your profile in your resume, as this gives you more opportunity to shine with recommendations and endorsements.
The world runs on technology, so if you’re proficient in any type of program or software, be sure to add that to your resume. Also, feel free to add volunteer work and professional achievements you have.
Keep It Short and Sweet
This can sometimes be hard to do because everything seems important enough to include, but try to keep your resume to two pages or less. Using bullets instead of long paragraphs to list your information will make your resume much more readable.
Recruiters are busy people and don’t have the time to read super long resumes. If your resume is longer than two pages, edit, edit, and edit some more. Walk away from it for a day and then go back and edit it.
While keeping your resume short and sweet, try to use action verbs as much as possible, as they show you get things done. Some examples of these are created, produce, manage, analyze, develop and lead.
Double Check Spelling and Grammar
You never want to have spelling or grammar mistakes in a resume, as this will not make the great first impression you’re going for. This means you need to double check everything.
Use the spelling and grammar checker in Microsoft Word to check your resume for any errors once you have the writing finalized. Also, ask someone else to proofread your resume because it can be hard to catch your own mistakes sometimes.
Time to Shine
Now that you have crafted an amazing resume, it’s your time to shine! Always submit your resume as a PDF so that your formatting and design are kept in place. Write a great cover letter telling hiring managers exactly why you are perfect for the job and submit it with your resume and always remember that follow up is essential!
For PIHT students and graduates, our amazing career services department can help you with creating the perfect resume to get you noticed.