Land Your Dream Job: 6 Steps to Writing a Highly Effective Resume

effective resumeIt’s tough out there. An average of 250 resumes and 100 applications are received for each corporate job opening every day. So, what does it take to stand out from the crowd and land your dream job? Writing an effective resume remains a good place to start.

Here are a few tips on how to write a highly effective resume that will help land your dream job.

1. Include Powerful Words

Use active verbs to illustrate your job duties and responsibilities. So what do you say instead of “responsible for managing, developing or creating”? Say “managed, developed, or created.” Also, use other powerful words such as “experience” and “project.”

2. Illustrate Tangible Accomplishments

Talk about your achievements in a measurable form using numbers: “Increased overnight sales by 23 percent.” Mention major projects in which you played a significant role: “Coordinated the delivery of 10,000 gifts to more than 200 local businesses.”

After all, talking about you’re accomplishments bridges the gap between theoretical skills and success from applied skills.

3. Keep Your Resume to One Page

If you have a lot of experience, tailor your resume to include only items relevant to the position for which you are applying.

If you are applying for a job at a radio station, leave off the part-time job as a cashier in favor of the internship at the newspaper, even if all you did there was get coffee. Regardless of how much experience you have, trim some off to leave room for the basics.

4. Format and Optimize It for the Web

For online uploads, forgo the fancy formatting in favor of a plain text resume, otherwise the applicant tracking system (ATS) won’t be able to read it and automatically discard it. Optimize your resume with keywords for the ATS so it stands out among the hundreds received every day.

5. Keep It Simple

Choose a simple font such as Times New Roman or Century Gothic for an easy read. Use basic formatting elements like bold, italicize, and underline. For text color, stick to black or dark grey.

If you want a way to showcase your personal brand with colors and images, create a supplemental visual resume for your online portfolio.

6. Keep It Consistent

Use the same font, the same font size of the same parts in every section. Decide what will be bold or italicized and stick to the same format throughout. Check for consistency in word choice, verb conjugations, use of abbreviations and acronyms.

Keep in mind there is no cookie cutter formula for an effective resume because not every job is shaped the same.

The best resumes are tailored to the position they are being used to apply for, bursting with job-specific relevant information with hints of soft skills sprinkled throughout.


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