4 Steps To Take Before Sending Out Your Resume
Are you getting rejected from job interviews even though you know you're a good fit for the position? If so, it may be time to take a look at your resume and see if there are any areas that could be improved.
Following resume best practices can help you make sure your resume is as effective as possible and that you're giving yourself the best chance of getting an interview
The list of job applicants for any given position is huge, so how to make yourself stand out from the crowd? These are the 4 crucial points to keep in mind while you edit your resume next time to make yourself stand out from the crowd:
1. Write in an active voice and focus on your accomplishments
Your resume should be written in first person, but leave the pronouns “I” “me, and “mine” out of it. Instead, start your sentence directly with the action verbs, or the actions indicating your work, since your resume will feature your achievements only.
2. Don't list your hobbies on your resume
Your resume should focus on your professional experience and accomplishments. There is no place in your resume for listing your hobbies such as trekking, gardening, or hiking to highlight that you’re a nature person. This will undermine the work you put into the organisation and unnecessarily fill up the resume. So, there's no need to list your hobbies, as they're not relevant to your job search. Leave this bit out, for the interview instead!
3. Focus on your accomplishments, not your soft skills
Adding qualities such as being hardworking, being a good listener, and being quick at picking new skills will not do any good. Instead, highlight your achievements and certifications, which make it obvious that you imbibe these qualities innately.
4. Use bullet points to make your resume easy to scan
Avoid long sentences and all text paragraphs. The recruiters are almost always in a rush and don't have time to read long, detailed resumes. They are looking for numbers and quantifiable achievements in your resume. Use bullet points to make your resume easy to scan and highlight your most important information.
These indispensable tips can help you get to the next round. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks that will help you get shortlisted for an interview.