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The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right. There is nothing quick or easy about crafting an effective resume, says Jane Heifetz, a resume expert and founder of Right Resumes. Do not think you are going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. You have to think carefully about what to say and how to say it so the hiring manager thinks, this person can do what I need done, she says. After all, it is more than a resume : it is a marketing document, says John Lees, a UK-based career strategist and author of Knockout CV. Heifetz agrees: The hiring manager is the buyer, you are the product, and you need to give him a reason to buy. Here is how to write a resume that will be sure to win attention.
Clean, clear, concise writing is the hallmark of a powerful and modern resume. Readers simply do not have the time or inclination to wade through irrelevant experiences, fluffy adjectives, unnecessary details and other, filler that weighs down many resumes. No one writes tight, lean and clean on the first pass. It requires repeated review, careful editing, and a constant focus on strategy and goals to determine what is important to include and what does not support your professional brand and your current career objectives. In addition to tight writing, pay attention to how your resume is formatted. Avoid dense paragraphs (anything longer than three or four lines) and allow ample white space to create an inviting document that rewards readers, whether they come for a quick skim or a more thorough read. Obviously, your professional experience and educational credentials are vital in positioning you as a well-qualified candidate. However, there are many other items you can—and should—include in your resume if relevant to your career. These items add further value, distinction and qualification. We recommend that you focus the above on professional activities and exclude common civic and/or community-based affiliations. Resume real estate—just one or two pages—is extremely valuable, so you want to be certain that each line of text adds strength to your candidacy.
The first 15-20 words of your resume are critically important because that is how long you usually have a hiring managers attention, says Lees. Start with a brief summary of your expertise. You will have the opportunity to expand on your experience further down in your resume and in your cover letter. For now, keep it short. It is a very rich, very brief elevator pitch, says Heifetz. You need to make it exquisitely clear in the summary that you have what it takes to get the job done. It should consist of a descriptor or job title like, Information security specialist who. It does not matter if this is a job title you have or ever did, says Lees. It should match what they are looking for. Here are two examples: Healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience leading providers of superior patient care. Strategy and business development executive with substantial experience designing, leading, and implementing a broad range of corporate growth and realignment initiatives. And be sure to avoid cliches. Using platitudes in your summary or anywhere else in the document is basically like saying, Iam not more valuable than anyone else, explains Lees. They are meaningless, obvious, and boring to read.
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