Resumes are mandatory for every job seeker. If you don’t have one, you need to create one before you apply for a job. The info you put on your resume starts with your education and your first job and stays with you for the rest of your life. It is a constant work in progress and goes with you to every job you ever do.
Your resume and your cover letter are the first things that recruiters see about you. Often they will base their entire hiring decision on what you list on your resume and how it is presented. So you can see, it’s extremely important. If you’ve never written a resume, get some resume writing tips here.
Most resumes are sent digitally these days. Digital resumes allow you to do a few different things that boring paper resumes can’t do. When you create your digital resume, try to do the following:
- Use a universal file format like PDF when you upload and email your resume
- Name your resume appropriately – something like “LastName – Resume.pdf”
- Add your web presence and hyperlinks
- Use an easy to read font
- Be creative – include an infographic resume or video resume
- List relevant rewards, honors, recognitions, achievements, seminars
- Allow your resume to go on for more than one page
- Include references and contact details
- Use keywords from the job description
- Show a solid work history – even if your aquarium cleaning career doesn’t line up with your morning show co-host job application, it may show you have personality and employment history
Ultimately, let your resume answer the following question: What makes you better than the other candidate? If your resume can answer that question, then you’ll land the job.
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