I have written hundreds of resumes for business partners and job candidates. It is not a good idea to create a resume while you are looking for work. Stress from job searching, interview invitations, etc. It is enough to be maddening. When the call comes in, you will be asked to schedule an interview. It is important to have the right resume and be prepared. Sometimes, you need to be ready and armed with the “right” resume in a matter of minutes. At this point, you might ask, “How do I know what the best resume is?” There are many books that will explain the different methods depending on what job you are applying for. To ensure you get to the interview, it is important that you clearly identify and write the key elements of the job that you are applying for.
Here’s how it works! Have your pen and paper handy? You should always carefully read the job announcement. This is something that everyone says, even though it seems obvious. Find key phrases and words that are essential for the job. These should be written down in one column. Then, in the next column, list your answers. Be patient and honest in your answers. Next, look at the “desired job requirements.” These requirements will give you an idea of what the employer looks for in a top candidate. As before, write down two columns and do the same column exercise that you did for the minimum requirements.
It’s all in the end
After you have identified your job requirements, ask yourself the question: Is this the job right for me? Are my skills and abilities sufficient to fulfill the job requirements? Are my skills sufficient to be a top candidate for this job? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you can begin to identify the best template for the job that you are applying for. There are many examples on the internet of what you can do. If you really want to stand out, take some time to go to your local library and review several resume writing reference books. This step will make your resume stand out from the rest. Your resume will not be “ordinary” but will be well-thought-out and unique. You can combine different styles to create a unique style that suits you. Use all keywords like “successfully achieved”, “maintained”, and “ensured successful completion of”. It’s amazing how little research can make a difference to an HR Analyst or recruiter looking at your resume.
EXTRA TIP – Refer to reports and major projects. You have completed your current or past jobs. Once you have been invited to interview, make sure you take a copy of the project, report, or article. For the interview panel to look over, have extra copies of your project, report, or articles about your achievements. This tip is great even if you are not applying for a managerial position. This will make a good impression and increase your chances of getting hired.