Let's go over the best templates for resumes to get your resume in the best format possible. Before choosing the best template for your resume, it is important to first choose the format and then make strategic edits to make your resume shine!
It is actually easy and let me walk you through the process to edit your resume and then we we will go over choosing the perfect template for your resume.
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In a nutshell, the purpose of your resume is to tell a (short) story about who you are, what you’ve done, and what you can do. And your personal story better impress recruiters / hiring managers, otherwise, no job for you.
Don’t worry, I will help you to build your profile with the right resume format. Also, I will share the amazing 10 easy changes you can make for your resume which would help you to find career opportunities.
If you’re wondering how to create a resume, you’re in the right place!
It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in your career—to get noticed by potential employers/recruiters, your professional resume needs to knock their socks off.
Your resume is much more than a compilation of your work history; it’s a tool that lets hiring managers know that you’re the candidate they’ve been hoping for.
Choosing the right resume format is very important, Different resume formats allow you to choose which professional attributes to highlight.
I have plenty of resume formats to help you get your resume in tip-top shape.
I’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to make your resume. I’m here to walk you through 10 easy steps to completely transform your resume to stand out.
When we sent out a resume as part of the job-hunting process to any recruiter or hiring managers, guess what happens?
They spend very little time on your resume. On average, they spend about six seconds.
What does that mean? That means all the great skills, experience, achievements that you have, they’re not highlighted. They don’t get noticed.
And guess what? You don’t get that job interview.
That’s right. A resume is the first step towards getting into that interview process with a company. So it’s an important one.
So how can we get recruiters to look at our resumes much longer?
We’re going to use your old resume so that we transformed that resume and go to your new resume. 10 steps, 10 minutes. And these steps are an increasing amount of challenges, which means we’re going to look at the easy ones first and then some of the more challenging ones later.
Can we make it two pages or less?
One page is ideal, but two pages are okay. If you can’t make it two pages, don’t worry. There’s a bunch of steps that are following this one that will help you to make your resume fit into pages and make it more readable.
I’ve seen this innumerable times. People have the objective in their resume.
If I’m the hiring manager, right, and if I’m looking at the resume and objective means nothing to me, that’s because the objective is something that’s for you as a hiring person. The objective makes no sense to me because I’m in it to make sure I get the right candidate.
The objective for a candidate is not important on your resume. In fact, there might be times when an objective works against you rather than for you. It is in her best interest to get rid of objectives from the resume and it will also give you a little bit more real estate.
Make sure you remove the references section. Again, that gives you back real estate, but more importantly, references are like so what, everybody has references and of course, if the hiring manager needs references, they will reach out to you and make sure they ask for references.
It doesn’t make sense to put it on the resume. A lot of times I also see, references available on request.
No point in putting that either because that’s self-explanatory. Remove the references section, get back some real estate and make sure you put only the important information in your resume.
Make sure you update your contact information. Make sure you update with your name, your phone number, your email address, your total residential address. You may actually remove it, maybe put in the city and the state, but that’s pretty much. it because you’re trying to make sure that you take less real estate with your contact information, but then also make sure that we protect your privacy and not give out too much information to anybody out there.
If you have, top leadership, if you have a blog or if you have a presentation that’s really important for this job or for this domain, absolutely please share those links maybe towards the end of your resume. That would be an important way for you to distinguish yourself.
Another one is from a readability standpoint, make sure you use standard fonts like Calibri or Arial. Make sure you also use light fonts.
Why are light fonts important?
Because light fonts enhance the readability and it’s easy on the eyes of the recruiter or the hiring manager can read it comfortably.
Make sure you use newline and indentation more often, what does that mean?
Make sure you use more lines, so when you complete a sentence, make sure you punch new line or you make sure your structure, your sentences, etc., in a way that there is an indentation to the left and you make sure there are tabs to show that and then Indentation.
Why is that important? It makes your resume more readable.
Again, using newlines is important, otherwise, you may feel that your resume is just basically a whole bunch of words put into one single big paragraph. Use a new line, use annotation and bonus. Use a lot of bullet points that actually helps on your resume.
This is important. Let’s spend some time here. Put a professional summary on the top of your resume. The first thing a hiring manager or recruiter that they see on your resume. It should be a professional summary. It should be Crisp, It should be to the point and it should be made above less than five sentences and it should be a really a representation of you as a professional.
Making sure that your professional summaries punchy is what gets attention and it really gets your message across as a professional and it really enabled the hiring manager or the recruiter to see that there is a fit with what they’re hiring for and what you bring to the table.
A professional summary is one of the most important parts of your resume, so when you are going and editing a professional summary, make sure it’s clear, make sure it has shorter sentences, clear simple words and also make sure it puts you in a light that you see. You’re seen as a strategic leader, you’re seen as a top leader. You’re seen as someone that can really bring a lot of value to that company or that domain that is being hired for.
Relevant experience is about when you’re applying for a certain job or vertical or domain, make sure there is a section called relevant experience and you put in the right experience that is relevant for that domain.
For example, if you’re interviewing for a marketing role, make sure you put in the relevant marketing skills and experience in that relevant experience section.
Another one skills. Let’s say if you’re a technical person, make sure you add a skill section and say, these are my core skills. Now be careful Microsoft Excel is not really a skill. Analytics could be a skill, so make sure you’re able to put skills in the most relevant area, in a skill section, or create a relevant experience section.
This allows you to make sure you are becoming a fit for the role that’s being considered. This is important. A lot of people overlook it. This is of your important tools to make sure that you add this and get aligned to the job that’s being hired for.
For each bullet that’s on your resume. You make sure you start that with a strong verb.
What is a strong verb?
It could be, design, optimize, develop, and create. All of those things and those type of words are strong words that show that this is the activity that you’ve been responsible for.
Bonus points. If you can create more data points for this. For example, I designed this and this is what happened. This was the result. This was the outcome.
That’s a huge bonus.
If you can show those outcomes on your resume, your resume will be flying. Start with a verb and then go and create the outcome. Optimized this area and this created the out. This was the outcome that was created. I define this and this became this new definition, created a new vision, created a new strategy, helped the company grow. All of those things are very important. Start with a verb. Create an outcome. That’s how you can create a really punchy experience area and you can add that to various parts of your resume.
I cannot even begin to tell you how many Microsoft word or Google resume I get. The best way to send a resume is to create a PDF.
Look, you have this now you have 10 ways that you can create readability. You have the right messaging and you have the right fit as part of your resume, and you’re really telling a great story to the recruiter or the hiring manager.
I have plenty of resume formats to help you get your resume in tip-top shape.
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