Land the Job: 8 Writing Tips for Writing a Resume
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Land the Job: 8 Writing Tips for Writing a Resume
Unfortunately, 40% of hiring managers only spend a minute or less looking over applicant's resumes.
Therefore it's important to make your resume stand out from the rest of them.
Resumes are hard for most people, we are giving you 8 tips to help you with yours. Read on for writing tips for a disability’s resume.
1. Make It Only a Page in Length
You need to make your resume only about a page. You need to figure out how to make it all fit.
Most employers won't even look at your resume if you have more than one page, so keep that in mind when you're working on it. If you have too much information, start narrowing it down to what you think is important for the job you're applying for.
2. Make it Visually Appealing
You should also make your resume visually appealing; make an employer want to look it over.
Like we said in the intro, employers don't have a lot of time to look over your entire resume, so they will probably skim it.
You want to make it easy for them to do that.
To achieve that goal, you should use headers, bullet points, bold letters, and italics when necessary. Don't write out an entire essay in your resume, but rather just quickly give them the facts.
When you create your resume, you should also use a standardized font. One of the most common ones is Times New Roman, but you could also use Arial or Garamond. You want to make it look professional while also promoting readability.
3. Quantify Any Military Experience
When working on your veterans resume, quantify what you did in the military.
Most civilians don't really understand what the military does, so you should break it down for them. While you're doing that, don't just tell them what job you did, but give them results.
Give them real numbers. For example, if you managed people, don't just say that you did that. Say you managed 500 people. If you worked on planes, tell them how many planes you worked on.
Putting things into perspective is a great way to promote yourself.
4. Consider Your Audience
While you think about how you should translate your skills, you should also consider your audience.
If you are coming from the military, you shouldn't use military jargon and acronyms in your resume because most hiring managers won't even know what it means. This may turn them off to you and make them not want to hire you.
Break your skills down and explain them in simple terms. By doing this, you will show them not only that you're qualified, but that you also know how to communicate which is a very valued skill.
However, if you are applying for a government job or a military private contractor, then you should use the military jargon because they will know what you are talking about.
This all directs back to know who your audience is and tailor your resume accordingly.
5. Use Keywords
Sometimes hiring managers search by keywords to find resumes of people they think would be a good fit for the job.
For example, if you managed people in previous jobs, and want to be a manager again, your resume should have the keyword manager or management in its heading
Do a little bit of research to find out what the specific keywords as it pertains to the job you are applying for and then put them in your resume. But make sure they are placed in the appropriate places so that they don't seem awkward and forced.
6. Look Towards the Future, Not the Past
While you may have enjoyed your time in your previous job, you have to recognize that that is in the past.
Talk about the new employment opportunities and your plans and goals with them rather than your previous job. If your previous job was a bad experience for you, let it go and try to focus on the future. It can only benefit you to do so.
When you create your resume, make sure that you write it with the intent of finding a future job. While you are writing about your past achievements, you are writing it to show the abilities that you can apply to a future job.
7. Be Consistent
No resume is the same, but they should all look somewhat similar.
There are different templates out there that you can find, but you should think about what you want your resume to do.
There are two main types of resumes that you can have: chronological and functional. Chronological resumes obviously go in order, and they are more focused on the time of where you were and what you were doing. Functional resumes are more skills based. They put the most important things at the top and the least important at the bottom.
While each of these resumes can be effective if done properly, you should decide which one works best for you. And once you pick one, make sure that you are consistent with it.
It doesn't matter how good you think you are at writing; you should always proofread your resume.
If you can, find someone else to proofread it. Chances are that you've been staring at it so long that you could be staring right at several mistakes without even realizing it.
Having a fresh set of eyes can help with that.
When a hiring manager finds errors in your resume, they will automatically have doubts about you and your skills that you've listed in your resume. So just make sure that it is all 100% accurate and grammatically correct.
Start Your Resume Today
If you haven't already started working on your resume, you can use these tips to help you land your next job.
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