Every day, employers/hiring managers go through thousand of resumes – if you are really interested in a particular job vacancy, develop your resume relevant to the job description using keywords that can easily pass through the “Application Tracking System (ATS)” and easily can come under the eye contact of employers/hiring managers.
There are also a few simple rules you can apply to develop and to take care of your resume. Here, you will see, how you can make your resume convincing with the help of a few simple strategies.
Tips to Get Your Resume observed by Employers/Manager
Maintain the simplicity
Make changes in your resume as per the job description
If you are really interested in a particular job vacancy, look at the job requirement and customize your resume as per the requirement. If you are sending your resume that meets the job criteria - your resume will be quickly observed by employers than anyone else resume.
Use the standard font
Go for the standard font type and size that can be generally used in the professional documents.
The font such as “Times New Roman, Arial, Cambria, Helvetica, or Calibri”, and font size “10 – 12” is the standard readable size for any professional document. You can also use bold and italics to highlight job titles, heading and sub-heading of a resume.
Mention your achievements
Employers don’t get very happy by seeing only the number of companies you worked for and the responsibilities that are involved with the company roles, they (employers) actually like to see, what you have achieved in a particular job, not only the responsibility you have taken.
List the most relevant skills
This is also another important way to show employers that you are skilled for the job. Having the relevant skills in a resume is good for all job seekers, but it is better for those who are fresher with less experience.
Make use of bullets to highlight the main points
If you want employers/hiring managers to put their vision first on the main phrases of your resume - highlight those phrases using bullets. Use similar bullets in all the places of your resume.
Meet the qualification criteria
If the job description clearly mentions the highest qualification required to apply for the job - make sure, you meet the qualification criteria of the job before sending the application, or else, it is just wastage of your time and effort of yours and employers/hiring managers.
Quantifiable numbers work better
Including numbers in a resume should be in quantifiable form, not in a word form, for example; if you are mentioning the 10th standard marks, it should be in a form of “77%”, not in a form of “seventy-seven percentage”. Listing numbers in quantity are better than listing in words.
Focus on recent work history
If you are a 20 years of experienced professional seeking for job, mention 10 -15 years of work history in your resume, more than that is just a matter of page filling because everyday an employer reviews thousand of resumes for screening, he doesn’t get time to spend so much time in a single resume, therefore, try to mention the relevant and recent experiences in your resume.
You can list all experiences in the job application that you have missed to mention in your resume.
Avoid including unnecessary information
Only include the information in your resume that you really want employers to see with respect to the job you are applying for. No need to include unnecessary information in your resume, the information may become successful in filling your resume pages, but become unsuccessful in helping the employer to read your resume completely.
Include only those information that are relevant to the job you are applying for and can easily convince the employer at a first look.
A well-written profile of your resume can easily grab attention of the employer to read your resume completely. While writing your resume, list a brief eye-catching profile at the top of the resume page after your name that can easily come under the eye contact of the employer.
Place the link of the LinkedIn profile
It is good to place the link of the LinkdIn profile on your resume. Before putting the link, match all information of your resume with the LinkdIn profile – the information you provide in your resume the same information should be there in your LinkdIn profile.
Check the spelling and grammar error
Your professional resume should be free from spelling mistakes and grammar errors, otherwise, your resume will be considered as an unprofessional one. If your resume contains errors will automatically jump up on the page and get observed. To make your resume error free, use the tool that can highlight all the mistakes that you have done while developing your resume for the correction.
Save your resume with a recognizable name
Don’t save your resume file by giving only the name “resume.doc” - the name “resume.doc” doesn’t identify that the resume is yours. Save your resume with the name that identify you, for example; if your name is “Jone Joy”, save your resume file with the name “Resume_Jone_Joy.doc”.
Type of Paper
Use white or light-colored A-4 sheet paper to create a standard professional resume.
Print your resume content on one side of the page, another side keep it blank. Use the high-quality laser or Inkjet printer to clearly visualize the content of your resume.
Make a cover letter
When you send your resume for a job vacancy, keep a habit of sending the cover letter too with your resume, even if, the cover letter is not under demand for the job. When you are sending both “resume & cover letter” to the employer, make sure, the information you mention in your resume should match to the information of the cover letter. A benefit of sending the cover letter is – the major information you forget to mention in your resume, you can mention in your cover letter.
Resume should be in good shape
Even if, your resume is already there with the employer who is going to take your interview, carry two-three copy of your resume for the interview to discuss with the interviewer. Your resume page should not be discolored, crumpled, ragged, or folded. It should be cleaned and crispy.
Apply with multiple language versions
English comes under international language that all over the world uses for communication and to deliver email/on paper data from one place to another. To apply for a job in another country, it is not mandatory to send your resume only in a local language, you can send your resume in English language too, or else, if you know both the languages “local & English”, send your resume in both the languages.
For example, if you stay in America and want to apply to the job at Paris – it is good, if you can send your resume in both the languages “English and French”.
Avoid stapling or taping your resume
As your resume plays a vital role in the process of moving up your future professional career, treat your resume with a great deal of care. To take care of your resume – avoid stapling and taping your resume. Stapled or taped professional resume may not be in original form for a longer period.
Suppose, you are going for an interview and you have many professional documents to take care and to carry off – make use of a paper clip to tie all documents together or use folder/file to carry all paper together.
Likewise, you can take care of your resume, also, in the interview, you can present employers that you are very dedicated and concerned.
Follow-up with your resume
Now these days, only delivering a resume via email/letter to the concern person for the vacant job position is not enough, after delivering your resume, follow-up the person by sending an application or by calling via phone. The benefits of following-up the employer are – sometimes, you forget to place some important information in your resume and the cover letter, those neglected information you can deliver through this medium, as well, you get a chance to clear your confusion by asking questions with respect to the job you are applying for.
Calling/emailing after delivering your resume point to that you are persistent, diligent and strong enough to get the job.
If you really want your resume to be absorbed by the employer/manager,
- Take care of your resume,
- Format it properly using bullet points
- Orderly, place all the sections in your resume with the respect to the skills, education, and experiences you have
- Avoid putting unnecessary content in your resume
- Follow-up the employer after delivering resume and the cover letter