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What are the best tips for writing a resume?

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What are the best tips for writing a resume?

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  • SerJemasSerJemas PEx Rookie ⭐
    Your resume is a reflection of how you will come across as a candidate to the interviewer. So, if it had to be only two words, I'd say 'Be yourself.'
    Here are 10 tips for you to improve your resume:
    1) Keep it short and specific
    2) Try to reorder the fields from the most relevant to the least relevant ones.
    3) Remember that your resume needs not necessarily present all of your employment and qualification history, only the job relevant information will suffice.
    4) Put yourself in your future employer's shoes and think what all they would expect to see on your document.
    4) It is a great idea to have a look at the Job Descriptions of the profiles you are targeting and try to use the relevant keywords in your skill set and achievements.
    5) Quantify and specify your job relevant achievements
    6) Small things make a big difference: Avoid using email IDs such as [email protected], avoid stating the obvious such as “References can be availed on request” and avoid using the old fashioned objective statement at the beginning of your document.
    7) Provide the URL to your Linkedin Profile.
    8) Provide all the information truthfully yet tactfully.
    10) Use a neat format and yet be efficient with the use of space.
  • Strong7PowerStrong7Power Member PEx Moderator
    edited April 2019
    You may also read this discussion: killer resumes and acing the job interview for new graduates under The Working Filipino forum. Thanks.
  • This is very good advice. I think now there are many online services that you can ask for help, and they will write or edit your resume as soon as possible. Last time I needed to change my job and I asked for help to the chef cv. My resume was made very quickly and according to all necessary standards, and I could quickly find the new job. It was very convenient to me, because I had never written the resume before and didn't know how it to do.
  • A resume summary statement is a short paragraph at the beginning of a resume that highlights a job seeker’s professional skills and experience. It gives hiring managers a glimpse into the job seeker’s expertise before diving into their resume. The goal of a summary statement is to demonstrate the job seeker’s unique value through their skills and accomplishments.

    When to use a resume summary section

    Resume summaries are ideal for job seekers who have many years of work experience in the same field (and will be continuing in that field), as they help organize and focus years of relevant job experience.


    On the other hand, resume summary statements are not always ideal for job seekers with little experience or notable gaps in their resume.

    If you have been working in the same field for less than 10 years, it might serve your resume best to forego the summary statement and use the extra space to expand your work experience. Since a resume summary section takes up space that could be used in the body of your resume, it’s not recommended for everyone.

    Resume summary vs. objective statement

    The RESUME objective statement is likely the introductory statement you remember using in decades past. It focuses on the job seeker’s needs and future goals, with no mention of the those of the company. Here’s an example of a traditional objective statement:

    Resume Objective: To obtain a job as a Search Engine Optimization Manager at a reputable tech company.

    The traditional objective statement has become obsolete because it takes up space without offering anything valuable to the resume.

    Alternatively, a career summary is geared toward the employer’s needs and highlights accomplishments and notable skills related to the job. When possible, it uses quantifiable metrics to add hard proof. For example:

    Accomplished search engine optimization specialist with over 12 years of experience in digital marketing. Have increased organic search traffic by an average of 26% (YoY) over the past 5 years.

    After reading the career summary above, the hiring manager has a better understanding of the job seeker’s impressive abilities. The resume objective statement, on the other hand, left the hiring manager with more questions than answers.

    How to write a summary statement for a resume

    When writing a summary statement, think about your “elevator pitch.” For example, if you stepped into an elevator and saw the hiring manager who holds the keys to your dream job, how would you sell yourself during that 30-second elevator ride?

    Consider the strengths, experiences, and accomplishments that are unique to you and write each of them down as you brainstorm. Using the job posting, determine what value can you bring to the company.

    Examining patterns in the following resume sections can help zero in on your unique value points:

    • Work History: What are some common threads in your work history? Look for patterns in company culture, size of the company and your role.
    • Skills: In which skills are you proficient? Which of these skills apply most to the job?
    • Accomplishments: What were some of your most impressive achievements in past jobs? If you can, find ways to quantify those achievements using metrics like years, percentages and dollar amounts. For example, “Exceeded my sales goals in 2017 by $50k.”

    After compiling information from the job posting and your resume, you can begin putting together your resume summary statement. Remember to use active voice, action words, and utilize relevant keywords. Save space by keeping your summary statement below five lines.

    Resume keywords

    Resume real estate is valuable and job seekers should make the most of their summary statements by including keywords. Resume keywords are job titles and noteworthy hard skills found in the job posting.

    Here are a few examples of resume keywords:

    • Project management
    • Accounting
    • Budget
    • Marketing
    • Sales
    • Finance
    • Research
    • Legal
    • Human resources

    As a job seeker, you have a personal brand. Each company also has its own brand. In order to sell yourself, you must find a way to align your brand with the company brand. A well-written career summary, optimized with the right keywords, gives you that opportunity.

  • Just don’t put something that you can’t simply back up specially during the interview. Its easy to know if some of it are just made up contents. 
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