Imagine yourself sitting in an employer’s desk with hundreds of resumes falling in on your desk against a vacancy declared by you in your company.
Number of vacancy – 1, and number of applicants – innumerable.
As an employer it is your responsibility to select the most deserving, suitable and competent candidate. So it is up to the candidate to snatch the employer’s attention out of those hundreds of resume application. As such, writing a resume is all about knowing what employers specifically look for in an applicant’s application. So, never make the mistake of underestimating the importance of a “good and eye-catching resume”.
Now, a good and a perfect resume is not an allegory. Neither has it anything to do with the elite schools or exceptional work experience. A blue collar worker may have a exceptional CV, while the resume of a white collar professional may have a poorly written one. A good resume is your first step at the door of a good job; you must well-understand that it is your representative to an employer before you get there. A resume centers round the detailed info about a candidate that is truthful, brief and to the point; not something that is exaggerated or unnecessarily long.
There are certain things that a good and perfect curriculum vita has within its set margins.
1. First of all, decide the format of your resume. Decide whether you want it to be in a functional or chronological format.
2. Write your resume in active verbs.
3. Highlight your skills and objectives. Make it your resume headline.
4. Be specific about your professional background. If you are an experienced person, mention your tenure with previous employers; and in case you are a fresher, define your professional qualifications.
5. Define your current pay scale. And don’t forget to put down your expected salary.
6. If your CV is targeted towards a specific career path or employer, then you must know all their requirements and mention them in your resume very clearly. Research and know the qualities that will prove to be beneficial to the employer and think about how your capabilities match those qualities.
7. Next, be particular to provide every minute personal detail. Highlight your contact details.
8. Be professional, concise, brief and clean. Avoid from being too flashy with your resume design.
9. Stick to writing one page cover letter as far as possible.
10. Last but not the least, be sure to edit and re-edit your resume once you are done with writing it.
Remember, the objective of your resume is to unleash your accomplishments and qualifications to the employer’s committee. Think it to be a promotional brochure, a pamphlet displaying your organizational and career skills.