How to equip your resume in such a way that will help you to find a job fast

The first step is to take the time to create a perfect resume. A resume is like a brochure introducing you as a candidate to the recruiter. Your resume must highlight your strengths, skills, proficiency levels, and core competencies aptly. And one final point! Always test your email before sending it to your prospective employers. Try doing a test email and see what happens. Once you’ve got the information, make sure you dress to impress. Most companies will want to meet you in person, and if you’re a bit of a casual dresser, it doesn’t make sense to turn up in a suit and tie.

Ten job-winning tips for building a Resume

  1. Match your resume with relevant job keywords: Your resume should highlight the skill set required for the job you are applying to. For instance, if a person is applying for a post of software engineer, then their resume must highlight job-specific keywords like “Java”, “C”, “C++”, “Python”, “Julia”, “strong computational skills”, etc.
  2. A professional font is a must!!: Your resume must have a similar font size and style throughout your resume. Generally, the recommended font size of a resume must not be less than 10. The font style used should be basic and clean. It is mostly advised to keep Times New Roman or Arial as the font style for your resume.
  3. One page is the key: Recruiters mostly screen through millions of resumes every day. So, your resume must be as crisp and clear. It’s mostly recommended having a one-page resume as a golden rule.
  4. Use Action verbs: Your job responsibilities must start with a practical action verb. For instance, “Led”, “Organized”, “Optimized”, “Achieved”, etc. Action verbs put you in a strong position while justifying your competency level for the job.
  5. Separate headings and subheadings: Your resume must contain separate headings for each section. For instance, your educational qualifications can come under “Education”. You are talking about subheadings under the main heading of any section in the resume. We must include relevant subsections for each section of the resume. For instance, the “Skills” section of the resume can include a subsection of “Languages”, describing the languages you know along with their proficiency levels. Another subsection can be added to the “skills” section, i.e., “Technical skills”; here you can state your programming skills, like C, C++, Java, etc. or basic computer skills like MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, etc. or designing tools like, “Photoshop”, “Illustrator”, etc.
  6. Stress upon your achievements: Your resume must demonstrate your past or current achievements through leading roles at any organization or being a founder of your own company. You can also create a separate section for extracurricular activities, showcasing various skills in your resume. For instance, you won an interstate chess competition. You can also include some volunteering activities in your resume that highlight your contribution to society’s welfare.
  7. Create a resume specific to your job role and industry: Your resume must be to the point and focused on the job role you are applying to. For example, if you are applying for a business development role, your resume must not focus on programming languages you know, as these skills are way offbeat from the field you are applying to.
  8. Select appropriate margins: Generally, it is recommended to keep the layout of the resume with a margin of 1 inch (2.54 cm) on all sides of it. You can also choose to increase your line spacing to 1.15 or 1.5, but not more than that.
  9. Check for any grammatical errors:  A final check for any grammatical errors must be done before submitting your resume to the recruiter. So, do not forget to proofread and edit your resume.
  10. Resume structure matters!!: The entire structure of the resume must be appropriately aligned. For instance, the resume must be comprised of the sections in the following order:
    • Education
    • Academic Projects
    • Work experience
    • Achievements &/ Extracurricular activities
    • Skills, including languages and technical skills. This section can also include your certifications (if any).

So, get ready to ace the job market with these must-have practical resume building tips.