There are tons of materials out there that dish out advice on how to create the perfect resume for your job application. There are even online programmes that can create a resume for you in a jiffy, if you give them all the details they need. We feel that nobody knows you as well as you do. And so, in this article, we will be sharing 3 tips to creating a stellar resume.
Job application processes are already as complex as they are. In this day and age, however, the competition rates are soaring for a job opportunity. In order to secure the job of your dreams, you will need to ensure that your first impression is rock solid positive. The way to achieve that is through a stellar resume.
In this written piece, we will delve into some of the best practices you can adopt when drafting out your resume. This article can become your guide to securing that job opportunity you’ve been eyeing for a while now.
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Some of these factors include the Central Provident Fund contributions, applying for specific pass types for different categories of employees and your daily/weekly working hour limits.
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Tip 1: Understand how a resume can help you
The first tip to creating a stellar resume is by understanding its purpose and more importantly, how it can serve you. A resume is the first point of contact you will make with your potential employer.
This means that your resume will also create the very first basis of impression upon which you will be judged for the job role. As such, creating a stellar resume begins at how you want to portray your image to the employers.
Keep it short and simple. If your resume runs on for pages, you’re expressing how you are unable to choose your best qualifications and work experiences to speak for themselves. Concise means saving time too. Employers and hiring managers are busy people. Save them their time when looking through your resume.
Tip 2: The key lies in formatting
Imagine this scenario: you have picked out everything you want to include in your resume. But, you place it all in a big chunk of text on a black and white background. Not very pleasing to the eyes = lower chance of securing that dream job.
As such, the second tip to creating a stellar resume lies in the formatting style of your document. Take a couple of papers and sketch out some ideas on how to best portray your resume details.
Remember that not everything has to be in text, after all. Use simple icons to skip some words and make things readable. Play with colours and sizes to draw attention to headers and categorical divisions. This will make it easier for the employers to find your main points.
Using simple formatting tricks like the above-mentioned can help your employer/hiring manager to remember your stellar resume better too.
Tip 3: Pick the right words
A copywriter like myself believes in the idea that words can become weapons in times of need. When it comes to creating a stellar resume, picking the right words to include on your document is a battle on its own. With that being said, using the right words is half the battle won too 😉
These days, many resume workshops and career counsellors stress on the need and importance of choosing ‘power words’ when writing a resume. Power words refer to the keywords used within a work industry as well as that which applies to a job role. It can also refer to verbs, otherwise known as action words.
The implementation of such power words can help to boost the quality of your resume. For once, using verbs can help to give off the idea that you are a “do-er” when applying for jobs. The simple act of incorporating action-words can help create a less passive impression of yourself.
Similarly, including specific keywords or key phrases that are relevant to your work industry or job rule can prove beneficial. It can help to catch the attention of your potential employer/hiring manager.
A company or firm staff most likely already have a list of skills they are on the lookout for in their new hire. Including such keywords can help your job application get noticed easily. As such, picking the right words is one other way to creating a stellar resume!
And that brings us to the conclusion of this article! We hope the 3 tips we’ve published in this written piece can help you better in your process of creating a stellar resume.
We also hope this article has provided you with some useful information that can help you on your career journey ahead!
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