The importance of your resume

Your resume is often the first document that an employer would typically look at, so it serves as your first impression in the employment process. A well-written and formatted resume tells the employer a lot about your professionalism, and improves the chances for receiving an interview. As it had been said – first impression is the last impression.

A resume is a summary of background, skills and qualifications, which is sent to employers for review. Consider it to be your personal marketing document with the goal of gaining the employer’s attention and to giving them the information they need to bring you to the next step in the hiring process, an interview. Your resume is often the first document that an employer would typically look at, so it serves as your first impression in the employment process. A well-written and formatted resume tells the employer a lot about your professionalism, and improves the chances for receiving an interview. Consider that employers compare resumes to decide who to interview and who not.

To write a resume first, you should know yourself, which is an art, I strongly suggest to read the below matter first, before you go ahead and start writing a resume for yourself.

Know Yourself

To know yourself is your priority!  Not knowing yourself will lead to confusion and wasting much time in hit and miss situations. We tend to underestimate the importance of knowing ourselves. Many of us go through each day reacting to events and just getting by rather than making conscious choices based on who we are and what we want.

When we don’t know where we are headed it’s hard to set goals, get motivated and determine the best course of action. Before we can do any of these things we must establish who we are.

To know yourself:

  • Be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes
  • Observe and be aware of your moods, reactions and responses to what is happening around you
  • Become aware of how these moods and emotions affect your state of mind
  • Examine how you interact with others
  • Observe how your environment affects you
  • Pen down your professional achievements.
  • Think about, where you would like to see yourself in next 5 years or so, what position, what job title, what salary you would like to have.
  • What technology you are passionate about wherein you feel comfortable and you intend study/explore further.

Once you have above answers ready, go through the following and start writing a professional resume!

What are the most important considerations for resume writing?

  1. Know the purpose of your resume
  2. Back up your qualities and strengths
  3. Make sure to use the right keywords
  4. Use effective titles
  5. Proofread it twice
  6. Use bullet points
  7. Put the most important information first
  8. Explain the benefits of your skills
  9. Achievements instead of responsibilities
  10. Use numbers
  11. Don’t include irrelevant information
  12. Analyze job ads
  13. Get someone else to review your resume
  14. Update your resume regularly
  15. Mention who you worked with
  16. No scattered information
  17. No jargon or slang
  18. Create an email proof formatting
  19. Don’t forget the basics
  20. Consider getting professional help

For professional resume help, feel free to contact me. I had been working in the industry for over a decade now and had drafted, tweaked millions of resumes in my past.

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