Resume Writing Tips

resume writing tipsResume Writing Tips

Did you know that recruiters only spend an average of 10 seconds reviewing each resume? So you have 10 short seconds to make yourself stand out among what could be hundreds of other applicants.

Writing a CV can be a complicated process. Knowing what to include, in what order, how to format it, and how long it should be are all questions that stump many people when they sit down to write their CV. As well as looking at the tips below, it might be worth checking out examples of other CV’s for some ideas.

Here are a few resume writing tips you can apply to make sure your resume isn’t moved to the bottom of the pile.

Incorporate Keywords

Take a look at the job postings you’re interested in. Are there specific keywords that continually appear? Utilize those keywords when rewriting your resume. Transform their job descriptions into a series of your accomplishments that will be of interest to the company by incorporating those keywords.


Include Links

Make life easier for the hiring manager to review your resume. Include hyperlinks for to companies you’ve worked for. An increasing number of hiring managers are turning to social media, it makes sense to add a link to your LinkedIn profile as well.


Match Your Resume to Your LinkedIn Profile

Make sure that once you have perfected your resume you update your LinkedIn Profile as well. Also include your work history on your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Profiles. Potential employers will search for you online, make sure that what they’re seeing is consistent.


Resume Length

If you have more than seven years of experience, your resume should be two pages. If you have less than seven years of experience stick with one page. Your resume should never be longer than two pages! If you’re older consider creating a biography page to showcase all of your achievements and experience.


Customize Your Resume

Before you submit your resume for a specific position, research that position and company so you have a better idea of the skills and qualities that match that position. After you’ve completed your research customize your resume to reflect the priorities reflected by the company for this position. Resist the urge to tell them everything you can do and have done. Look at your resume from the potential employer’s perspective and include your skills that are specific to the position.


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