Your resume is your sole weapon when you are hunting in the job market. Whether you're faxing it, e-mailing it, or putting a stamp on it, the overall appearance and structure of your resume can be the one and only factor that an employer will consider when it comes to choosing qualified applicants. Surprisingly, many job seekers don't understand the level of importance when drafting one, nor do they take the time to ask themselves how they could improve its appearance.
Simple tactics can be used as a great starting off point during your revision process. For instance, have you chosen a professional font or a nicer grade of paper? Making your resume look and feel professional can be done simply by changing the format. While most resumes come on general, white office-printing paper you can stand out by purchasing an off-white or beige colour of expensive grade. Look through font styles during your revision process and test out some unique designs. As long as everything still looks professional, it will be refreshing to have a distinctive resume.
Job experience and education history are your two biggest bodies of work that go into a resume. If you feel that they are lacking in bulk, you can do a few things to enlarge them with content. For example, you should always include job-related experience even if it wasn't paid work. If you have done freelance work or helped a friend out with a project, you can include it as part of an "assistantship" or "internship". It also helps to include a descriptive list of duties and responsibilities under each listing. Giving employers a specific idea of what you're capable of can be very helpful for them to narrow down their choices. If they see that you haven't worked many jobs but took on a slew of responsibilities during the few that you did have, that still speaks volumes.
Many students who have recently graduated from college have the hardest time creating a full resume. A good tip is to use your school background as filler until you have gained more experience under your belt. List the specific areas of study under each of your majors and minors. If you were part of any prestigious clubs or affiliations they can be listed too.
Some applicants will list personal hobbies or attributes on their resume. While some consultants recommend this, the majority belief is that it does not help one in their job search. Instead, list your office duties. If you can type particularly fast or you are proficient in a set of computer programs, these skills are much more appealing to employers than those who list themselves as avid guitar players or origami masters.
Revamping your resume can mean huge changes for your future. Putting a little more effort in your presentation shows initiative and imagination and employers will notice that. Remember that the more time you put into yourself the more benefits you will reap. Look over your resume, and make some changes! Once you do, the company where the job you've always wanted might not be able to resist you.