Many people seek the “magic bullet” or the best tip to create a resume. Sometimes, this frustrates them. There is no single best or most effective tip for resume writing.
That’s okay! Now that you’ve gotten that out of your system, you can rest easy and stop worrying about trying to find a miracle cure.
There is no single best way to create a resume.
Every person has different goals, needs, and skills. A job marketplace design approach that works for one person may not work for another. It is possible to create a resume that will be used by a dentist or a college professor’s resume.
Different job types and/or geographical or regional locations may require completely different resume creation approaches (e.g. A resume for a Wall Street-based financial executive is different from one for a small-town executive.
There are many other factors that can influence the details of resume development.
However, these steps will work for all – regardless how each resume is put together. These three tips can be used for any job. These are just starting points.
(Little note: Other points such as “listing your last jobs…” or “listing your education…,” are obvious. There are many articles and resources available that will help you move forward once you have completed these initial steps. OK? Let’s go!
Tip #1: No matter who you are, it is important to decide which position you want – and where.
For instance: “I am targeting the position as Assistant Manager at Joe’s Food Market.” Or, “I am targeting Acme Manufacturing’s Director of Human Resources.”
These statements are more precise than the “Management Position” or “Human Resources Position.” These statements are more powerful and will be more effective. If you present yourself as someone who is able to identify exactly what the hiring director is looking for, it will increase your chances of getting his or her attention.
It is easier to identify what you need and what you can do to fill it.
Tip 2: Don’t rush to create a resume yet. Once you have a clear idea of the job you want, it is time to do some research. Find out everything you can about your target company and the requirements of the job. This is something I cannot emphasize enough.
Sometimes, you’ll be able to see the job description before you apply. If this is the case, the job description will provide you with valuable information. You can then address each point, take note of the terminology and format used by the company and tailor your resume accordingly. Wow! This is a great resume-building gift!
Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury to see a job description. Even if you have the opportunity to see a job description, it’s not enough. Talk to everyone you can in the industry and company to learn as much as you can. What is their mission statement? What are their goals? Are their goals and mission in line with yours? And vice versa?) Are there articles on the company?
It’s much easier to find a company online than ever before! The information you collect when creating a resume will be helpful in a variety of ways:
They will be able to tell you what their real needs are.
This will allow you to get a sense of the company’s personality and how it fits with yours.
They will be able to teach you certain buzzwords or keywords.
If you’re the right person for the job, you will also feel a “gut feeling”.
Tip #3: After you have completed your “company discovery”, it is now time to list the skills and needs they require: need by need, skill by skill. You can fill in the gaps between each point or under it with a few of your skills, accomplishments or other ideas that are relevant to each one.
If you’ve found that your company requires someone who can work well under pressure and meet strict deadlines, you should go through your “catalog” and note the times you were able to handle the stress. Take a look at the situation and take note of what you did. Take note of the skills that you used to meet those deadlines. You can use some of the keywords and buzzwords used by the company, but not forcefully.
These are the information you can use to create a resume. These three tips are universally applicable. These are just starting points. Once you’ve completed the initial steps, creating a resume will be much easier than just writing down your employment history.