Want three stars for your resume? Make it four.
Here are some friendly tips that stick on your fingertips.
Tip#1 The Shorter, the Better
Ideally, your resume should not exceed two pages but if there are necessary details you need to include, three pages can work; four is lengthy enough; five is too much. David King says limit your resume to one to two pages; use three pages only when necessary.
How would you make your resume shorter? Summarize the information you need to include. Choose the ones which are significant and relevant to the position you are applying for. Leave your achievements during nursery and kindergarten behind. They don’t really count.
Nikki Constantino in Girlfriend Magazine May 2007 edition writes “How to write a resume that’s sure to get you hired”, Tips from Mar Anne Felipe, hum an resources director for Mega Publishing Group. She says “From the readers’ perspectives, shorter is usually the better. But there really is no fast rule.” According to the write up, resumes can be 10-20 pages so long as you can keep your readers’ interests and excite them until they dial your digits on their phones to call you for an interview. So, make your resume shorter unless you have a wide variety of special achievements and skills to sell.
Details may bore readers. “Leave them wanting for more. Remember this is an ad to market you, not your life history,” she adds.
Tip#2 Make it Presentable.
Keep it clean, neat and presentable. Do not submit a paper that would only highlight how bad you are in organizing things. It would not help you land on the job you want.
Start with your stationery. Creases may be noted by your employers. They may take note of the folds, smudges, erasures and stains on your paper. It makes a bad impression.
Next step is your photo. HR Director Anne Felipe of Mega Publishing Group suggests that photos should “exude professional look.” It simply means that you have to show that you are groomed in your photo, so wear something decent. Photos can be enhanced but not to the extent that it looks like a different person. It should also be recent photo of you.
Another thing is the layout. Constantino writes: “Usually, experience sections should come first before education. This is because more qualifications are developed from experience than from education.” According to the write up, exceptions would be if you have just received your degree; this proves that your education is a stronger point than your work experience. Also, you can put emphasis on your advancement in your field, for instance, if you have just completed your MBA degree.
Tip #3 Flaunt your skills
Use words to flaunt. Words have power. They can make your resumes extra appealing and interesting. Use active verbs. Constantino writes: “For every skill, accomplishment or job described use the most active and impressive, accurate verb you can think of. Eg., lead, directed, headed, managed, engineered, generated.”
Also, highlight what you can do; what are the unique things you can do aside from eating fire while stepping intermittently on the burning charcoal. Felipe says, “But one important development in resume writing is the inclusion of objective and summary of qualifications and skills. If done well, these can be very powerful tools to develop an immediate psychological response from the mind of the reader.” The suggestion, according to Felipe, would also be helpful for those who are making a career change or have a limited work history. “By putting these things on the first part of your resume, you can immediately direct your employer’s focus on where are you going, rather than where you have been,” says Felipe.