Isn't it amazing that despite having so many digital channels and job boards that list our achievements, a one-page resume still holds the same value and importance as it did years ago?
Your resume is still the first thing that any recruiter or hiring manager sees when you apply for a position so why not make sure that it leaves a good impression to land you that first interview with your dream company?
In this article, we are sharing some simple tips that you might have heard before but paid little heed to actually implement.
Add a Photo
We've heard quite a few recruiters mention that you shouldn't add your photo on your resume to avoid any decisions due to unconscious bias. We disagree with that. When we can access social media to Google and search for people and their images in an instant then it doesn't make sense to leave your photo out of the resume. A simple search on LinkedIn will pop-up your profile with a photo so why not add the same to your resume for a personal touch?
The key here is to make sure that you are adding a professional photo to your LinkedIn profile and also using the same photo on your resume. That shows professionalism and consistency.
Add a URL
Gone are the days when we used to add our addresses on the resume. With everything readily available online, the best way to make an impression is to highlight your online presence and promote it. Add your LinkedIn profile URL to the resume, make sure that the URL ends in your name (https://www.linkedin.com/in/your-name/) as it is mentioned on your profile which is again a sign of professionalism and attention to detail.
If you want to go one step further then purchase a domain that mentions your name (https://www.yourname.com/) and create a simple personal website with your details, accomplishments, images, videos, anything that highlights your professional work and use that URL on your resume.
Modify the Resume
Wouldn't we all love to create one resume and share it all across the job boards for various positions? If only our professional lives were so simple.
This is such a crucial step that most of us miss while applying for a job. Before you apply for a job, read through the job description carefully, pick a few keywords from it, match those keywords with the work you've done in the past and see how you can translate and elaborate on those points in your resume.
Update your resume accordingly and take out anything that is irrelevant to the job role. No need to add "References Available on Request", no need to add "Interests" if they are not aligned to the job role. Keep it to the point and mention items that you can explain with practical examples from your past roles because the interviewers will ask you questions around the same and will expect working examples to make their decisions.
Oh! And don't lie on your resume!
Keep it to One Page
One page is actually plenty to highlight your work experience. No one really bothers to read the whole of the second page or third. Organize the content on one page and strategically place headlines to tell a story about your professional life.
If the hiring managers want to know more about you, that LinkedIn or personal website URL that you added will be helpful for them to explore more.
Proofread. Proofread. Proofread Again
Proofread your resume multiple times, especially if you are using a template that has been prefilled for ease. Make sure the same styling is used for all the headings and subtext, the grammar is correct, the tenses are right, and the spellings are on point.
It does take that much work and effort to make an amazing first impression with your resume so go and check your current resume against the above-mentioned points.
Implementing these tips shows recruiters that you are a professional who pays attention to detail and knows the importance of the little things that make a difference.
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