Author Byline: Cathy Eng, CARW, Owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc.
Author Website: http://www.resumerocketeer.com
Whether you are writing a book, article, thesis, letter, or a resume, the same basic rule applies: Write for your audience (in this case, recruiters, hiring managers and your future boss). In the world of resume writing, that translates to two things.
First, make your resume easy to read. If it is sloppy, crowded, bare or confusing, you need to take a step back and think about what your perfect employee’s resume would look like. Maybe your resume should look more like that.
Second, make your resume a perfect representation of your skills and talents while minimizing your downfalls. There’s not a hiring manager out there that wants to read a phony, pumped-up resume (or a weak, sparse resume for that matter). Be confident and honest in what you have to offer!
So, what can you do to make it more audience-focused? In addition to having friends proofread your resume, the best and easiest way to approach it from a reader’s point of view is to ask yourself some questions that recruiters and hiring managers would ask. Namely:
1. What job are your applying for? Is it easy to tell by glancing at your resume (and reading your cover letter)?
2. Do you match the skill sets we are looking for? It is easy to find that information (e.g. in a keyword list or bulleted checklist)?
3. What have you done at your previous jobs that makes you stand out among the other 50 resumes I will look at today?
4. Does certain information stand out that makes me want to throw your resume away (e.g. job gaps, incomplete dates, questionable experience, even confusing formatting)?
5. Is it easy to contact you?
Writing your resume to your audience means making it easy to read and a clear representation of your skills. This is easier said than done for many people, which is why a professional resume writer is a great way to go. They know what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for and they know how to utilize space to create a personalized document that makes you shine. Hiring a professional is not always an option, but following the most basic resume writing rule is a great start!
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.