Let us face it, writing a resume is a form of art that very few of us were taught. Countless hours are spent searching the internet for resume tips trying to make the perfect resume.
Everyone knows how important a resume is to land a job. A well-written and formatted resume is more likely to see a hiring manager than a poorly written one. It is normally the very first set of information a company receives about you. In most cases, your resume will determine whether or not you land that interview.
5 Resume Tips To Do Before Sending Your Resume:
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(1) Design & Format
The design and format of your resume are just as important as the information in it. While some fields of work still follow the traditional resume format, some do not. It is important that you know which design and format of your resume are acceptable in your field. Therefore, once you have all your information on your resume take time to design and format it to what is acceptable in your field.
(2) Check Grammar
There is nothing worse than sending out your resume and 20 mins later noticing a mistake. Your resume needs to be grammatically free of errors. An employer will more than likely read in between the lines and draw the conclusion “this person is a terrible writer”. It is always best to have another person check over your resume for grammar mistakes. Sometimes you spend so much time on a document that your brain reads words and punctuations that are not there.
Can’t find a person to check your resume. Then use Grammarly. It is literally like having an English teacher at your disposal. So many of my blog post, court briefs, and other written work would not be what it is without Grammarly.
Before you start sending out your resume make sure you have keywords in it. Keywords are key to getting your resume noticed. So what is keywords and where do you find them. Keywords have become important because of the ever growing of technology. Your resume ability to attract a computer or human attention depends on the uses of keywords. Each profession or industry has it own specific keywords. Yes, this means tailoring your resume if you are applying to multiple professions or industries.
Where can you find keywords? Simply in the job description of the applications. You may already have an idea of what keywords are expected to be in your resume based on your desired profession or industry. But if you do not you can simply look at different job descriptions for the same field of work to get an idea of what words should be in your resume
Here are a few examples of keywords in the Legal field:
- Client management
- Drafted Memorandum of Law
- Assisted in trial litigation
- Conducted discovery, including interrogatories, documents request, and depositions
- Interviewed client
- Lexis-Nexis and West-Law
Before I send my resume I always follow the 3 reviewers rule. I run my resume pass (1) hiring manager , (2) a competitor, (3) a friend.
Hiring Manager: Having someone who has experience hiring individuals in your profession or industry is important. They know exactly what your resume should look like and what keywords need to be on your resume. If you cannot think of a hiring manager in your profession or industry take advantage of career services at your school. These professors are trained in helping student perfect their resume.
Competitor: Having someone who can technically apply for the same position as you is also important. This reviewer can share ideas maybe from her resume or what she has learned from her job hunting experience. Now the key to this is having someone who is a competitor, but who wants you to be successful. You cannot just get any competitor to check your resume. They could lie to you and tell you that things are wrong when with your resume to get the upper hand.
Friend: This friend has no idea what your profession or industry resume is suppose to looks like. They will bring a fresh set of eyes. If they are good they will force you to know the answer to the information you put on your resume which is always good practice for a possible interview.
Has anyone heard of this rule or is it something I thought of from the top of my head?
(5) Contact Information
Please make sure your contact information is correct. Let me tell you a story. I had a friend who was putting in applications and went months without hearing anything. One day she decided to call. That was when she learned that they had sat her resume to the side for interviews but when they tried to call the number was wrong, so they moved on. Don’t be that person.