5 Tips To Creating an Effective Resume
With a diverse talent pool at their disposal, staffing agencies in Dallas and other parts of the U.S. have become increasingly picky when hiring candidates. According to Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts which is a leading employment consulting firm, only 2 percent of job candidates are selected for interviews. One of the major reasons for the rejections is an out-of-place and inept resume – the first thing the recruiter notices about you. The resume reflects your career highlights and tells a lot about you as a professional. In this competitive job market, designing an eye-catching resume that summarizes you as a professional goes a long way in enhancing your chances of landing a dream job. This post will discuss some tips you can follow to create a sharp, concise, and most importantly, effective resume. Take a look.
1. Highlight Skills
The primary reason why the recruiter would take the time to go through your resume is to get an idea about your skills and to make sure they match with the job description. To attract the recruiter’s attention, highlight the certifications and licenses you hold. Mention the skills you possess and in a line or two talk about your last job experiences. You need to get more creative if your last job experience was irrelevant. For example, if you are an office manager applying for a marketing coordinator’s post, highlight marketing related responsibilities such as managing the company’s Twitter handle, or helping with trade show coordination that you handle in your current position.
2. Talk About and Quantify Your Accomplishments
Mention your accomplishments and highlight your core competencies as a professional. Quantify your accomplishments, wherever possible. For instance, if you exceeded the sales target for a particular month, highlight the numbers you achieved for the period. If you were a training manager, you can talk about the size of the team you managed. Staffing agencies in Dallas and other parts of the U.S. are always on the lookout of cold, hard numbers that can help them quantify the candidate’s achievements and ensure they are a perfect fit for the role.
3. Format Your Resume
Recruiters on average, scan a resume for 25 seconds. A cluttered resume makes a bad impression and there are chances that the recruiter may reject a candidate if the resume is poorly organized, or illegible. Declutter your resume by using a logical format, headings, bolds, and italics wherever required to attract the reader’s attention. Use bullet points to highlight your past job experiences, skills, achievements, and other relevant info.
4. Include an Effective Career Summary
Instead of using bland and unimaginative career objectives that describe you as a professional, talk about the value you bring to the table. Talk about how you can use your skills to contribute towards helping the organization achieve its goals. Include your career goals and career accomplishments (including your credentials) in a way to align them with the job requirements. Avoid using words such as I, me, or my as they often project a negative image and are excessively used by self centered individuals. Most importantly, use an apt resume title to attract attention.
5. Keep it Short, Simple, and Sweet
Though there is no rule of thumb that indicates the ideal size of a resume, it is advisable that you keep it short and simple, as many recruiters tend to lose interest when going through a detailed resume. Avoid including irrelevant details such as jobs you took up as a student (especially if it is not related to the position you are applying for), or your personal details such as your social security number or your email id (if you rarely check your inbox). Recruiters look for relevant info and keeping your resume concise will project an impression that you understand the job requirements.
Ready to Stand Out From the Crowd?
They say the first impression is the last impression. An effective resume is the first step towards securing your dream job. Follow these tips to create a resume that leaves a positive impression on the reader and projects you as a fit contender. You also need the services of a staffing agency in Dallas or any other part of the U.S. that can help you identify and apply to relevant job openings according to your experience. For the past three decades, Delta Dallas has helped both experienced and fresh candidates from different industries secure their dream jobs. To learn more about us, fill out our contact form or call at (972) 788-2300.