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Resume Writing Tips

Category: Applying For Jobs


Resume is a primary toll in finding a good job. It is a written picture/advertisement of the real you to your employer.
Due to the completion in the labor market, it is very important that an applicant’s resume be well equipped with the required skills which will make him/her stand out in the crowd of documents and also make him/her appear interesting enough in paper so as to get a call for an interview.

Since the applicant is not writing to read the resume himself, it is then expedient that its structure and articulation of all the facts and figures be directed accordingly. It is important you select your resume format because it is a major strategy (selection should be based on the position you are applying/going for).

The three recognized resume format include:-
1.    The chronological format (this format gives a list of work history in a chronological order. It is straight forward, most employers like it).
2.    The functional format (this format is skill-based in its approach, it gives you the opportunity to describe what you can do efficiently and not just the jobs you had in the past).
3.    The combination/composite format (this format combines the chronological and functional format. It is highly recommended where both skills and job experience are demanded. It gives you an edge over your rivals, it is best when applying for the post of a VC in a university or its equivalent position).

For your resume to command your employer’s attention, it must follow a professional sequence by having the following essential partitions well arranged:-
i.    A clearly stated job objective (this comes after your name that is boldly written at the top and contacts).
ii.    The highlights of qualification.
iii.    A presentation of directly relevant skills and experience.
iv.    A chronological work history.
v.    A listing of relevant education and trainings.

Listed below are tips on how to prepare a good resume with the positive mindset of receiving a call for an interview:-

       First, know the purpose of your resume so as to present it professional (since the resume can land you an interview and eventually a job).

        Check carefully at job description and Ads and ensure to ues the right keywords that employers provide in their job Ads and description.

       Grab employer’s attention with your resume design (i.e make employers have a snap judgment when glancing at your resume because some employers may not have time to read through each of your descriptions to determine if you have the skills they need, therefore, make your design to highlight the most important information about your work experience, skills and education).

       Sell your benefits and skills (pay attention to employer’s needs that are hidden, e.g some employers will need some one who can be an effective and efficient team player). Ensure to use power words that sells

       Use effective titles and headings that best match the job you seek and one that will grab the attention of your employer. For instance titles like ‘Departmental Administrator/confidential record keeping’.

       Avoid negativity:- Use good judgment, don’t include information that might sound negative to your employer. This implies also in your interviews. For instance, don’t include things you hated about your last boss, company, colleague, etc.

        Don’t list responsibilities, instead outline your professional achievements, you can make use of figures to describe your achievements. For instance you increased your company’s annual revenue by N 7,000,000 by 70%, etc.    
    Explaining the benefits of your skills by merely stating that can do something will not only catch your employer attention, when you explain further on the benefits to his company, it will also connect you to a chance of being called upon.

        Create an image that matches the salary you want, even if you may not have all the experience required for that level.

        Custom-build your resume:- Use one resume for each employer and tailor it to fit the job you are applying for.

        Don’t lie in your description.

       Don’t include too many personal details, exclude irrelevant information such as parents’ name, family history, etc.

        Don’t rite volume about the companies you have worked previously, rather point out the skills you’ve acquired at your previous jobs.

        Don’t photocopy resume, send original printed one.

        Create your own resume, don’t copy someone’s resume. Give your resume a professional look, use quality paper for your resume.

        Create a targeted resume (even if it is a page or two ensure every relevant information about you is fixed inside. Remember to include your name and contacts in all the pages of your resume).

        Update your resume regularly.

       To avoid mistake, proofread your resume twice or as many times as possible

       Avoid using jargon or slang.