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Writing an effective resume that sells should be the main objective of every candidate. The “product” which is – you, will be submitting a compelling resume to the hiring manager, that should be getting an interview schedule.

Candidates are defeating the purpose of the submission if they will not exert extra effort to write a good resume. Submitting an ill-written resume wastes time, money and energy of both party.

In previous posts, we shared resume writing tips to help you in your job hunting. In this article, we provided a guide in organizing your information and arrange them to an effective resume.

Writing an Effective Resume that Sells :

We have listed below common characteristics of a resume that attracts hiring managers and recruiters :

  1. A well-formatted resume. No one beats an old-fashioned well-formatted resume. Check out our next post on formats that you can use.
  2. Less typos or none at all. Mispelled words, missing commas and periods show lack of attention to detail. By rushing and not showing effort to the hiring managers and recruiters, one may lose the chance.
  3. Easy-to-read texts and arrangements of sections. This will encourage hiring managers and recruiters to read your resume with ease.
  4. Clearly highlights candidate’s suitability for the job. Your work experience and good track record could be the highlight of your application.

Organizing Information To Make A Resume Outline :

Writing an outline will help a candidate visualize an easy-to-read resume. After consolidating all the information and organizing them, selecting what format to use is crucial. Depending on what to highlight in your resume, you will use an appropriate format.

Here’s a breakdown of the sections of the resume and some helpful tips for you :

A. Resume Heading : “Your business card”

This section places on top of your resume format. As mentioned, it is your “business card”, it should immediately contain important information about you.

  1. Full name should be written in larger and bolder font.
  2. Contact details should be working and reachable.
  3. Some hiring managers and recruiters may check and compare submitted resume against what’s been posted publicly online. Update your LinkedIn profile.

B. Introduction or Objective : Keep it short and simple

This section should be brief and catchy.

  1. Start with your strong attributes that will be relevant to the job.
  2. Include 2 to 3 of your combined hard skills and soft skills.
  3. Describe your career goal and what you hope to contribute to the company.
  4. Mention the name of the company you are applying to and wants to be part of.
  5. State the position you are applying for.
  6. Avoid first-person pronouns.

C. Relevant Experience : Your list of recent and previous work

Indicate 3 to 5 most relevant work experience, giving them the limelight.

  1. Highlight and give more details on the most relevant work experiences.
  2. In cases of too many gaps in work experience, highlight your skills instead.

D. Education Section : A brief history of your educational background

This section need not to be the highlight of your resume. Here are the details that should be written in this section :

  1. The name of your school and location.
  2. Include dates attended and date of graduation.
  3. Indicate degree you earned, if applicable
  4. Add any any relevant courses or special trainings
  5. If you have academic honors, include them as well.

E. Skills : Include a mix of hard skills and soft skills

Lacking in the area of education? Having gaps in your work history? No problem.

  1. Skills that you learned in school or trainings and thru experience comprises your hard skills. Give priority on ones that’s relevant to the job. Examples are :
    • driving
    • mixing cocktail drinks
    • computing
  2. Present a mix of your hard skills with your soft skills. These skills are part of your personality that can be learned or trained.
    • interpersonal skills
    • communication
    • leadership
  3. Be specific with skills and indicate the names of tools you are able to use, like software and applications.

F. Additional Resume Section : This is optional

What’s relevant for the job is what’s important to include in your resume. Don’t include this section if you only want to make your resume look full.

  1. Languages and dialect spoken.
  2. Your interests or hobbies.
  3. Your volunteer experience if there’s any.
  4. Most recent achievements and citations.

Polishing Arrangements of Sections and Composition.

Now select a resume format and arranged sections to make it easy-to-read.

  1. Check and update as needed your contact details and ensure that it is working and reachable.
  2. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated.
  3. Check entries for any errors on grammar
  4. Give priority on relevant job experience and skills only.

Uploading Your Application Via An Online Job Portal :

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