We take resumes pretty seriously around here at The Job Monger. We share that in common with your future hiring manager.
Needless to say, I can’t reiterate enough what a difference a well-crafted resume can make. Learning how to write a good resume is a skill that will serve you well throughout your career. Whether you’re entering the job market for the first time or planning your next move, a little bit of resume advice can go far and take you far too. Here are 7 quick resume writing tips to change your resume for the better:
Be concise – keep your resume to one page.
Rule of thumb: if you’re in your twenties, you can keep your resume to one page. Remember recruiters spend on average only six seconds on each resume. Six seconds is all you have to make your case.
Knowing how to package yourself as a candidate is your first “test” from potential employers. If you can’t describe your own value to employers in a succinct manner, that’s a huge red flag to them.
Make sure your spelling and grammar are spotless.
Poor spelling and grammar is a NO when it comes to your resume. Why? Your resume is a living document that testifies to what you have done in the past and what you can achieve in the future.
A resume riddled with glaring misspellings or grammatical errors tells hiring managers that you threw something together haphazardly and don’t pay attention to details, not a trait that hiring managers like to see in potential candidates.
Organize your information in an intuitive manner.
As mentioned above, recruiters skim resumes they come across. They only re-read the ones that catch their eyes after the initial skim.
Be sure to organize the information on your resume in an easy-to-follow format. If a recruiter can’t easily find your contact information or relevant skills on your resume, you’ve lost their attention.
List achievements – not just responsibilities – under your work experience.
Regurgitating a description of your job is simply not going to cut it when it comes to impressing hiring managers; anybody can rattle off their ongoing day-to-day tasks.
Recruiters are more interested in knowing what you did because they want to predict the value you can add to their organizations. Your resume should communicate how your contributions directly led to your team’s success. Make sure every bullet point convinces hiring managers of your qualifications.
If you’re stumped for ideas on how to how to phrase your achievements, get plenty of suggestions here.
Use numbers whenever possible to quantify your achievements.
What sounds more compelling?
9 out of 10 recruiters care about numbers on your resume.
Many recruiters care about numbers on your resume.
See, readers gravitate towards numbers. They’re a simple way to put your work and effort in perspective. Whenever you can quantify your impact, do it – make your impact measurable.
Don’t restrict numbers to only your work experience section. If your GPA is strong, include that in your education section, etc.
But don’t just take my word for it. Google’s Laszlo Bock heads their People Operations (including hiring) and has described in detail how numbers can elevate a resume in the eyes of a recruiter.
Describe your achievements with strong verbs.
On a scale of ho-hum to dynamite, is your work experience section more on the “Did this applicant just use the same verb three times in a row?” side?
Start every bullet point under your work experience with a strong verb (nothing passive) and mix up your language to keep your resume from being too stale. Get inspired with this handy list of verbs here.
Include awards, skills, interests and extracurricular activities.
If your work experience is limited as a student or recent graduate, don’t be discouraged. You can still find ways to convey your leadership potential.
When possible (and relevant), include sections to highlight your awards, skills, interests and extracurricular involvement.
The job search can be overwhelming and full of unknowns, but one thing that you have complete control over is your resume. Know that you have nothing but the best on your resume with a Resume Revamp from The Job Monger.