First impressions count – especially when it comes to finding your dream job.
And that’s why it’s important to get your resume right.
Before you get started crafting a resume that attracts job interviews, you may find these general suggestions useful:
Include keywords from the job ad
The hiring manager’s job description and job ad will probably include keywords that you need to include in your resume.
If an employer is looking for ‘creativity’, ‘Java’, ‘a team player’, ‘reporting skills’ and/or ‘innovation’, you need to make sure that these words appear among your skills, responsibilities and achievements.
Pay attention to grammar and spelling
Finally, ask a friend who is proficient in English and is prepared to give you feedback.
Don’t use acronyms
The tech profession is laden with jargon but it’s also a good idea to leave out any acronyms that are not widely known. They may be understood by your current colleagues, but meaningless to the recruiter reading your resume.
Avoid large chunks of text
It’s a good idea to leave a bit of white space – a blank line – between sections. If your text is too dense, the important points will
So don’t just cram in unnecessary detail. Select what is relevant, and enhance the presentation with appropriate spacing. The length of your resume will depend on how much necessary detail you need to include: two pages is a good length to aim for, but your career might require either more or less than this.
Choose a consistent approach to the way you present your information. For example, for headings, decide whether you are going to use all uppercase, or capitalisation only at the beginning of words, or only at the beginning of the heading (except for capitalised proper nouns): choose a rule, and then stick to it throughout the document.
Name your document appropriately
The recruiter may see the file name under which you have chosen to store your resume. Try using the format “FirstLast_specialty_resume.
Use a professional email address
And, if necessary, create a new email address to handle your job applications.
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