Writing a resume can be a daunting task and whether you’re starting from scratch, or refreshing the one you have, there are so many ways you can spruce it up. Here at BTW, we advise a clear, concise, and to-the-point resume. Here are some of the best tips I’ve found from experience and various sources:
Get to the Point
Remember back in school when your teacher would assign an essay that had to be a certain amount of words? Resumes are not that. Adding 'fluff' to your job description will be figured out by a hiring manager or recruiter quickly, and might cost you the opportunity. Instead, clearly state what you have worked on and how you produced results for the company.
Back it Up
Make sure that you can back up the information you put on your resume. The person interviewing you is going to want details. You don't want to sound great on paper and not be able to provide results once hired. Employers will see right through that, and quickly.
Being honest with yourself as well as the employer is so important. Know the role you're interviewing for and don't try to 'fake' it. Be real with yourself - there’s no sense in wasting your time (or the hiring person’s time). If your experience doesn’t match up to the responsibilities on your resume, you may not be the best fit for the job and that's okay - there are other jobs out there that'll be perfect for you!
Do your Research
Cater to the job description you're applying for. If they're looking for something specific, explain how you've done just that in your previous position. Speak to what they need and tweak your interview accordingly.
Keep it Organized
When a company is hiring, most likely they're looking at multiple resumes a day - make yours stand out. By that we mean to try to keep it organized and easy on the eyes. Ways that you can do this include: trying to keep it 1 page, visually appealing, and straight to the point. It shouldn't take them an hour to read it.
This almost goes without saying: spelling and grammatical errors are frowned upon by any hiring manager or recruiter. There are so many automated ways you can keep this from happening so there should be no excuses. Also, maybe have someone proof-read your resume before printing or sending it out.