15 Resume Tips to Land Your Next Job


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By Pooja Joshi

02 March 2022


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Your resume could use an update if you haven't done so recently.

We're here for you!

Unless you've done this before, the process of creating a CV can be intimidating.

There's no need to worry about it, though. We've got your back!

1) Ensure Your Email Address Is Professional

ravishingravi@yahoo.com is one of the most cringe-inducing email addresses out there.

Your job search and career should have a professional email account associated with it.

Any [first name] and [last name] combination is acceptable.

ravi.singh@gmail.com is an example of a valid email address.

ravi.loves.football@hotmail.com is an incorrect email address.

2) Double-check your personal information

Typos may happen to anyone, even the most confident writer.

Ensure that all of your contact information, including your email and phone number, is up to date on your CV.

There's no point in wasting your time trying to impress an HR manager who can't get in touch with you.

3)Language is important. Use active language.

The importance of your accomplishments might be exaggerated or minimized depending on how you promote them.

Consider the following two cases:

Correct Example

Spearheaded company XYZ's advisory & marketing operations.

Incorrect Example

Responsible for company profiling at company XYZ.

Make your accomplishments sound more meaningful by using action words.

4)Create a Convincing Cover Letter

The cover letter is usually an afterthought for job hopefuls.

Recruiters concentrate solely on the résumé and utilize the same cover letter for every job application.

But here's the thing: a cover letter is just as vital as a resume. It can even determine whether or not you are called in for an interview.

Need help writing an effective cover letter? It should include:

  • Your Contact Info.
  • Contact info of a hiring manager.
  • Opening paragraph - Brief career overview and purpose-why are you applying to this organization or position.
  • The body - Expand on your successes and experiences. Describe how your experience is relevant to the job.
  • Close with a call to action.

5)A one-pager CV is optimal.

No, there are no excuses. Job seekers do not need to go beyond one page.

After all, HR managers receive thousands of resumes for each open post. They are too busy to read your history.

However, there are certain exceptions to the one-page rule. You have the option of going up to two pages if:

  • You are applying for a position in academia. In that situation, it's fine to go up to three pages.
  • If you are a seasoned executive with a decade of professional experience.

 6) Make Your Resume ATS-Friendly.

 Many companies use applicant tracking systems to screen resumes. The ATS analyses your resume for keywords, and if you don't include them, it automatically rejects your application.

So, how can you prevent a robot from rejecting your hard-written resume?

It's two things:

  • Pick a Tried-and-True Format – The ATS will automatically trash your resume if it cannot scan it. So use an ATS-friendly -GetWork's Resume Builder. Our resume is designed to be scanned by applicant tracking systems worldwide.
  • Choose Right Keywords- As we mentioned in the "GetWork's Resume Builder" suggestion, check through the job ad and find out what keywords the ATS might be looking for. Then sprinkle them liberally across your CV.

7) The title of yours on your resume is Hero.

This is how you should write your professional title: It should be the same as the job title you want to get.

Are you trying to get a job as a financial analyst?

Please take note of the job title in the job ad and put it in your resume below your name.

Get rid of the "buzzwords," because no one likes them.

Financial Analyst: This is the correct example.

Financial Hero: This is the wrong example.

8) Use the right subheadings 

Resume section subheadings should be accurate and easy to find, so you should make sure they are on your resume.

So, to make it easier for the HR manager to read your resume, try to keep things clear.

Correct Example:

  • Work Experience
  • Skills
  • Organizations
  • Education

 Incorrect Example:

  • Background Information
  • Career History
  • Expertise
  • Groups Part Of

 9) Include relevant Social Media.

Are you unsure whether to include social media connections in your CV?

As a general rule, only include relevant ones to your job.

An overview of possible content is given below:

LinkedIn- Working professional or exploring opportunities.

GitHub- If you're a software developer

Medium- For a freelance writer or a blogger  

Website/Blog- To Showcase your expertise

10) Distinguish achievements from Responsibilities.

When listing your employment experience, if possible, include accomplishments rather than responsibilities.

The HR manager, most likely, already knows what your responsibilities were based on your job title.

Here are some examples:

Correct Example:

  • Achieved over $55,000 in sales in a single month.

Incorrect example:

  • Generated leads through cold calling and Carried out sales operations.

11) Work Experience That Matters

Regarding work experience, only list jobs relevant to the job you're looking for.

Justify your immediate last positions. Nobody cares about your previous job.

Contextual - Applying for an HR Manager? You don't have to say you used to teach HR in college.

12) Other Sections to Consider If You Are New to the Industry

What if you're a college student who has never worked a single day in your life?

The good news is that you do not have to have work experience to have a strong résumé.

Indeed, hiring managers do not anticipate you having any experience in entry-level positions.

If you want to make an impression with a CV that lacks experience, you can emphasize other areas, such as:

Coursework - Do you want to demonstrate that you possess the necessary skills despite your lack of experience to a human resources manager? Mention any relevant academic courses you took.

Extracurricular Activities - You've heard the adage, "extracurricular activities are beneficial to your CV." 

Projects - Have you worked on any fascinating projects in your spare time? Perhaps you amassed thousands of followers on your Instagram page. Or perhaps you worked part-time during your university years on a startup? 

13) Is There a Gap On Your Resume? Justify Your Actions

A gap in your CV can be a major red signal – but only if you ignore it.

By default, the recruiting manager will expect the worse. Therefore, it is preferable to be direct and include 2-3 words admitting the omission and describing what occurred.

Simply add the following note beneath your most recent work experience entry:

Example:

Jun 2019 - Dec 2020

  • Quit due to medical reasons in 2019, looking to re-entry in industry.

14) Mention Promotions and Career Progression

Make sure to mention your promotions and progression in your resume. 

Check this out:

  • Company Name
  • Latest Position
  • Promotion
  • Achievements and Responsibilities
  • Older Position

15) Add Numbers, Data, and Experiences. 

Your resume should be very specific, back up your claims with examples, numbers, or data.

What do we mean? So, compare these two:

Correct Example

Results-oriented digital marketer with 7+ years of experience in the Media Industry. Driven over $600,000 worth of sales at Company XYZ. 

Incorrect Example

Digital marketers looking for the next step in their careers. The previous experience involves making sales for media companies. 

It's not over!

There are many resume advice articles on the internet, but we made sure to highlight the most important ones.

As a result of this guide, we hope you feel more confident in your resume writing abilities.

In search of more useful suggestions? 

Read: LinkedIn Optimization Tips For Students: A Beginner Guide

 



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