Do you put in everything in your resume like what you like in food? If you carry such a habit, it’s time to stop. You have to include only the best parts and get rid of the remaining irrelevant info. Your food taste might help in a situation if you are about to apply for a chef’s role or some show related to food tasting across regions.
Here are five easy ways to make a good crisp resume and to stand out from the crowd:
1. List only useful contact information, not just for the sake of formality.
For privacy reasons, do not include your street name or street number. No one requires to know exactly where you live. Potential employers generally communicate over email or phone.
If you are considering opportunities within a geographic region where you are currently located, then you should list your city and state. If you live in Gurgaon and are looking for opportunities in Bangalore, it’s better to leave the city and state off your resume. You would like to eliminate the potential concern of whether you are serious about moving. (If the reader of your resume requires to know where you are located, they can always get that information from your current job location.)
2. Keep your objective statement objective and short.
Many objective statements are too long. Always consider using an “executive phrase” – two or three lines that lists your experience. The executive phrase is an opportunity to tell the recruiter who you are. If you put in too much information the reader may lose sight of your value and might not be able to decide the best fir for you.
It good to be objective. Stay away from using words like “assertively” or “critical” in your executive phrase. These descriptors take up space and, contrary to belief, undermine your experience and skills. You are putting words in the reader’s mouth and trying too hard. The more objective you are, the more impressive you will look.
3. Focus on accomplishments, not job descriptions.
Many times the experience section is filled with job descriptions, which can be exhaustive and lengthy. Focus on what you accomplished in your role, not everything that the role entails. As example, if you are a coder then completing the coding assignments on time is not your achievement. It’s your duty. Your achievement can be resolution of critical issues in a very short span of time or may be meeting stringent deadlines from your manager or client. It can also be improved efficiency of operations / system by your code.
4. Use bullet points.
Information in paragraph form can be difficult to digest, especially when readers review your resume in a matter of seconds. Bullet points make information easy to digest.
Think of a department store. It can be overwhelming to see so many products. You do not know where to start and sometimes skip it all together. Don’t run the risk of scaring off the reader by not making your resume reader friendly. Make it easy for the reader to digest the information.
5. Show me the numbers.
Numbers help the reader of your resume to better understand your impact. It is an illustrative and efficient way to convey your accomplishments. Instead of saying, for example, that you “consistently exceeded annual sales goals through strong client management and excellent opportunity identification,” you could say, “Completed 2016 at 113% of annual goal.” Numbers can help your accomplishment speak for itself and are more effective than using tons of words to describe what you did.