As you know, writing a resume is not an easy task for every person. Even you are experienced specialist, you could face some problems writing your resume 2016 or maybe you could miss some details.
It’s really important to keep every detail in your head. Hiring managers does not forgive mistakes. If you missed some details or did not add some skills, which would probably help you to stand out from a crowd - you would miss your chance.
Today we have prepared some interesting tips for you on how you could increase your chances to get employed and attract more attention to your candidacy.
Here are some really useful advices about how to format your resume and what to include.
Contact Details – let HR remember who you are and find your name.
Details below are the most important part of any resume:
- First name | Last name – some candidates forgot to include that in your resume.
- Address name – are you from other city? Save HR’s time
- Phone number – there is a huge percentage of hiring manager, who still prefer to call instead of writing e-mails,
- E-mail Address – would you like to be updated 24h/daily? Remember to add it.
How to introduce yourself
It’s really important to impress hiring manager when he or she start reading your resume. The way you start your resume could make a huge impact on how HR would talk with later.
We tried to prepare the most useful and winning structure on how you could grab HR’s attention and win the competition:
Headline – not more than 2 sentences
Objective – Up to five sentences with real facts and numbers
Experience block – not too much, based on your level. If you are experienced candidate with a huge job history, it’s better to use chronological resume format. If you are entry-level candidate or would like to show your skills over job history – use functional resume format.
Summary – sum up all your relevant experience and try to include all this information in five sentences. It’s good stuff to refresh all the information in HR’s head.
Experience section – it’s the core of any resume.
Based on researches, every employer is looking experience block in your resume at first, only then he start searching other information. In some cases – it’s true, in some cases – no, it depends on position level and level of candidate expertise.
You should remember only one thing crafting this block: after each position you obtained, try to add achievements to your resume. It would help to show your hiring manager that you are not “process-oriented” candidate, who is able only to do what the manager say.
Education – do you have this block in your resume?
We hope that all job seekers, who has higher education have already add it to their resume. If not, we can’t understand what they were spent their money for?
Size of this block depends on how recently you were graduated form university and what you would like to include there.
Skills in your resume
We have already mentioned above, that skills is really important part of each resume. But some resume formats are targeted to highlight your
skills, like skills-based resume format and some to highlight your job history.
Hobbies and skills are two different thing. Playing computer games – it’s hobby, not a skills you should add to your resume 2016. If you are looking for a wide range of different position, you should think about what skills you should add to this block. Because, if you are looking for a bus driver position – adding skills like “adobe photoshop” – is not a good idea.
What else to include? Certifications?
Are there any other blocks you can add to your resume? Yes, you can do that, only if your resume is not more than two pages length. What are the “other/extra” blocks you could probably add to your resume to include more information about yourself or your professional experience.
- Certifications (numbers/company/where it was)
- Courses (cert. number/ where it was/ course length)
- Membership (organisation / how long you are the member)
- Awards (if any, it’s really cool to add)
- Portfolio (links to your portfolio)
If you don’t have LinkedIn profile, looks like you don’t follow the latest job searching trends. Originally, this network was developed to extend your professional network and add more business contact.
Today, LinkedIn it’s another way on how to find candidates for specific positions. All you need to do is just create your resume and start waiting for HR’s, who would like negotiate about different job positions.
Social links – it’s not a good idea to add
When job seekers asking us if it’s ok to add some links to their social profiles – our answer is always the same: Resume is your professional document which was created to help you to get the job.
If you would like to add friends or share some pics – there are some other networks to do that. So, please do not add your FB or G+ to your resume. If Hiring manager would like to ask you to share a link to your social profiles, only in this case you could share them.