A resume is your entryway into a new job position and an necessity to getting a nice paying job and something non-profit recruiters pay close attention to. While your job experience, how well you interview, and your interpersonal skills and attitude will ultimately help to land you a job, the quality of your resume will help to get you in the door and earn you a spot at the table of consideration. A bad resume will lead to you being rejected from a position while a quality resume can give you the opportunity to succeed in your role effectively. Here are some tips to getting a good resume that can help to land you the dream job.
Neat and reviewed
if you have ever reviewed a resume that is cluttered and filled with excess information then you will release how hard it is to review and how cluttered it seems to someone who is looking to bring someone on for a role. Avoid making the job of a reviewer of resumes hard and keep your points short, well organized, and focused on the major points that you are looking to have addressed with the resume. If you are looking to highlight specific tasks that you have done such as engineering costs savings, avoid excess details that may not be relevant in every position and be clear and concise on them. Avoid long paragraphs and use less than 15 words for each resume highlight for a job or role. Break the resume into distinct sections that are well spaced and easy to read as a result of this spacing so that a person who receives your resume can quickly see the major items or jump ahead to the parts of the resume that are most relevant to their interests and needs for the role. Clutter is the killer in any resume and the importance of being neat cannot be overstated.
Avoid Fake Comments or Boasting
Some resumes will exaggerate the role lead in a job and the contribution made. While many people will get away with this and will land a well-paying job as a result of these claims, keep your exaggerated roles minimalized or be well prepared to explain them. An interviewer who catches an inaccuracy will be less likely to allow it to go and will likely reject an individual as a result of these claims. Further, avoid specific figures such as saved the company $XXX money, as these claims can be hard to put in perspective. Giving percentages of savings and a clear illustration of what you did can be more effective in identifying savings and the role you played.
Highlight Key Things that You Did or Qualifications
if you have a specific license or qualification that is important for the role, or if you are skilled in software or know another language, this information may be quite relevant to the company, even if it is not a requirement for the role. Be clear and highlight these points in your resume and identify the skills that you have. Doing so is not boasting but showing the experience and expertise that you have and the way that you can contribute to a company more effectively than they may realize. These qualifications will potentially get you into the door so don’t sell yourself short by omitting them from your resume but be able to speak to the usage if you are pressed on them, particularly when considering the role of software.