In a saturated job market, it’s essential to stand out from other job applicants. Consider these pointers from career experts on how to make your resume shine.
- Determine how relevant your resume is to your current career objectives. Your resume is a work-in-progress and should always be revised as many times as possible throughout your career.
- In your resume, add, and then highlight, action words such as “promoted” and “increased”. This will emphasise the milestones that you have achieved in your career.
- Substantially pepper your resume with industry buzzwords and lingo to demonstrate your insider know-how. Show your employer that you are aware of the terms used and how you are able to fit into the industry.
- Edit your previous job responsibilities (within reason) in order to match the job description of the position that you are applying for.
- Use the active voice and bullet point to organise your information clearly. Steer clear of passive verbs in your resume so that information is easier to digest.
- Fit your resume onto one page only, regardless of how extensive your experience is. Filter out and cut down redundant words if possible.
- Choose stationery that reflects your personality. Otherwise, send your resume by e-mail.
- Plan beforehand to submit your resume so that it arrives at the most opportune time.
- Leave lots of space on all four margins. This allows your resume to appear neater and more reader-friendly.
You should also take note that if you are sending your resume via e-mail, use standard fonts, and avoid bolding, underlining or italicizing text. It should not appear too fanciful unless you’re applying for a creative position.
Any information about race, age or political, religious or sexual preferences should be left out.