In today’s competitive job market you can’t afford to slack when it comes to writing a resume.

An attractive and well-written resume could be the deciding factor when it comes to getting your foot in the door with a company. To this end, you’ll want to spend time developing a resume that deserves a second glance.

Here are a few simple tips for writing a resume that will get an interview:

Simplify the Layout

Resumes that are too jumpy, scrunched, or text-heavy can be overwhelming to a reader and might end up in the “discard” pile despite having all the required qualifications. Experts recommend a layout that has plenty of spacing and directs the reader’s attention to the most important features. Simple layouts are the most desirable and aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few recommendations for simplifying your overall look:

  • Create bold headings
  • Summarize your work at the top
  • Keep task descriptions to a short bullet list

Tailor to the Job

You’ll never land an interview if you send one generic resume to every job. Instead, you’ll want to tailor your resume to highlight tasks that are relevant and applicable to each job. You should spend time analyzing the skills and experience required for the job, and develop relevant examples to include on your resume. It’s not necessary to include every single task on your resume. Pick and choose the most pertinent examples and be prepared to expand on them in an interview.

Include Keywords

Unfortunately, many companies use machine-operated filters to sort through an initial batch of resumes. If you’re not careful, your resume could get tossed before it ever gets in the hands of a hiring manager. Therefore, it is extremely important that you review the job description and incorporate as many of the specific words used in the job description into your resume.

Include a Solid Summary

It’s important to include a summary statement at the top of your resume. This helps to quickly highlight what you bring to the table in terms of your professional skill set and strengths.

Use Action Verbs

The tense you use in your resume writing can have an impact on your overall impression. There is no one-size-fits-all policy on writing a resume, but it should at least include unique action verbs to describe your work experience. The action verbs you choose should reflect the job at hand. For example, if you’ll be managing others, you’ll want to use verbs like managed, guided, and inspired. Similarly, if your new role would require something in event planning you might use verbs like organized, coordinated or planned. Choosing appropriate verbs is a big step in writing an attention-grabbing resume.

Quantify Your Experience

Your future employer wants to know the impact you have in your current organization. Numbers, data, and statistics are a great way to demonstrate this impact. For example, if you are responsible for managing employees make sure you include the number of employees you supervise. If you’re responsible for generating new customers, make sure you measure and communicate your customer acquisition and retention rates. Numbers and quantitative details are a great way to tell a story and communicate how effective you are as an employee.

These are just a few things to consider when learning writing a resume. Resumes are often the key to the door into the interview process, so make sure you spend enough time designing the perfect snapshot of your experience, skills, and long-term goals. And, once you finish writing your resume, make sure to write a cover letter that will grab employer’s attention, too.

Resumes are just one small piece of the journey to finding a new job. If you feel stuck or need support, check out our career coaching services or apply for a free, one-hour discovery session. We’d be honored to help you find a career you love.

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