How to Write the Perfect Resume

How to Write the Perfect Resume

When we are out in the job market we tend to make the mistake of sending out as many resumes as we can, without considering whether or not it will land on the potential interviewer’s table or the trash bin.
Unless you are filling up a Mcdonald’s application form, you might want to revisit your resume writing techniques because when job interviewers search through hundreds of resumes, they usually don’t have time to read each one thoroughly.
Only resumes that catch their initial attention will be “shortlisted” and screened in more detail later. An eye-catching resume (not fancy stationery or ribbons and neon ink) will be the difference between winning resumes and biodegradable ones.
Let’s start with basic grammar. It is needless to say that an ESL grammar will do your resume no good, unless your job does not require adequate English. Make sure spellings are checked (your word processing tool can do the job), and English grammar is followed.
Many job applicants focus on their education and work experiences but tend to neglect their resume job objectives.
Good and specific objectives provide several advantages: they let the evaluator know that you’re seriously looking for a job, what your expectations are in your next job, and help your resume stand out among the rest. Do not write something generic like “I wish for a job that can fulfill my career goals”, which tells the evaluator nothing about you as a person.
Most evaluators look at work experience that are relevant to the job description they’re looking for.   An over-excessive work experience dating to the summer job you took 10 years ago will do your Store-Manager application no good.
They also look at the duration and interval of each work experience.   If each work experience is no more than 6 months, the impression is you won’t stay long in this one either (which decreases your chance to be shortlisted).
Likewise if the intervals are too long between each job, it gives the impression that either you are “rusty” or have difficulties in finding your next job (which again projects you negatively).
Lastly, submit your resumes through their designated means. Online applications are common while some prefer fax via email. Also make sure you are reachable at all times. This means check if your phone systems are working, as well as web messengers such as msn messenger.
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