The resume is one of the few things in our job search we can control 100%. We cannot control who else applies for the same job we did, we cannot control what we will be asked in an interview but we can control what and how to write our resume.
Most candidates feel that their resume falls short: students because they have no experience, young professionals because they don’t have significant experience, seasoned professionals because they don’t know how to fit their whole career in a couple of pages.
Take a big breath and take it easy. It is not easy to write a resume, but with this course, you will be in a position to create a winner resume!
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- Lectures 56
- Quizzes 1
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Self
Although job seekers try to find ways to stick out from the rest, playing with the formatting is quite risky as recruiters are used in a certain way to search for information on resumes. Changing that will most probably get them more confused than excited.
Structure is a common concern among people wishing to write their resume. Although there is some flexibility in the sections/categories you may use, there are some standards that is good to abide to as recruiters are used to them and can easily navigate your resume in a timeframe of 5-10 seconds. Depending on your background and where you are in your professional life use the most relevant sections. Just remember that the recruiter first scans the top part of the resume; if this is not engaging or relevant enough you risk having your resume tossed away and miss the opportunity to share with the recruiter all the great things you have included in the rest of your resume.
Format and style
Candidates have an urge to show their uniqueness and stick out of the rest by using a uniquely styled resume template. Unfortunately, most of the times this doesn’t work, and it is confusing to the recruiter and will easily pass (it might make a nice story for the recruiter to tell, but you want an interview not to become an anecdote).
There is often the misconception that if you find a nice template the resume is ready. The most important thing in a resume is not the template but its content.
Writing your resume
So, you want to write your resume. And what do you do? You start thinking of your experiences and as they come to your mind, you put them on paper. You edit, you proofread, and you are done. No wonder your resume lacks personality and looks like everybody else’s. No wonder you rarely hear back from recruitment managers.
Handling special cases
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
Sending your resume