A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) summarises your work history, skills and experience and shows the employer that you have what they are looking for.
There are three main formats for resumes;
You may like to use this type of resume if you are continuing in the same career, or you want to show career progression. However this is not the best type of resume if you find that there are big gaps in your work history, youve changed jobs regulary or if you are looking to change careers, and your work history is unrelated to the job you're applying for.
You may like to use this type of resume if you're entering or re-entering the workforce after a long absence, your work history is varied and or unrelated to the job you are applying for or you're emphasising skills that you may not have drawn on in recent work experience. This type however may not be the best choice if you want to highlight career progression or your recent jobs had limited responsibilities and functions.
You may like to use this type of resume if you each position involves a different job description or a shorter format would lack depth. This type however may not be the best choice if your work experience is limited and there are large gaps in your work history.
Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they've seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your resume doesn't eliminate you from consideration by following these key steps.
1. Format Your Resume Wisely
No matter how well written, your resume generally won't get a thorough reading the first time through. Most oftern it gets scanned for 25 seconds. A good resume is easy for the employer to read quickly. Keep it to no more than three pages and focus on what is most relevant to the job you are applying for.
2. Identify Accomplishments not Just Job Descriptions
Hiring managers, especially in technical fields like engineering, seek candidates that can help them solve a problem or satisfy a need within their company. Consequently, you can't be a solution to their problems without stating how you solved similar problems in other companies and situations.
3. Quantify Your Accomplishments
One of the most common resume mistakes is making too many general claims and using too much industry jargon that does not market the candidate. A resume is a marketing document designed to sell your skills and strengths rather than just portray a bio of the candidate.
4. What you should include in your resume
What you write in your resume depends on the job you are applying for. Only include information that clearly shows that you have the skills the employer is looking for. Some things should always be listed on your resume:
5. Replace your "Objective" with a "Career Summary"
A Career Summary is designed to give a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Most Objectives sound similar: Seeking a challenging, interesting position in X where I can use my skills of X, Y, and Z to contribute to the bottom line. Grab the employer's attention right from the beginning, remembering you have only 25 few seconds to make a good impression. Spend time developing a summary that immediately gets their attention, and accurately and powerfully describes you as a solution to their problems.
Use statements like:
You don't have to list your referees on your resume. You can instead write 'Contact details for referees are available on request' and provide their details at the interview.
If listing their details on your resume ask each referee for permission to include:
You may like to give each of your referees a copy of the job description or the advertisement you're responding to so they know what to emphasise when the employer contacts them. Give them a copy of your resume, too, so they remember your achievements.
7. Network. Network. Network.
For unemployed candidates, handing out resumes should be a full-time job. The majority of mid- to senior-level positions are filled through networking, so contact absolutely everyone you know in addition to recruiters who are in a position to hire you or share insights. Networking can include;