Your resume is your calling card. Often, it’s your one chance to catch the eye of someone who actually has the power to hire you. So even if you feel pretty sure you can sell yourself in an interview, it pays to check out some resume writing tips that can help give you the chance to be seen!
As someone who has helped hire many people (and screened many resumes), I can assure you that even really qualified people can have bad resumes. Ones that get them eliminated. Instead, your resume needs to help tell a “notice me” story — one that shows just how right you are for the new job and company.
The harsh truth about resumes
While a resume can be a powerful marketing tool, you need to make it work for you. But too many people simply list their experiences in chronological order and think they’re done. In effect, they expect the company to fill in the dots for them. Not smart. Painting a clear, engaging picture is YOUR job.
Unfortunately, the average resume gets looked at for about 7 or 8 seconds the first time. And if the first time doesn’t easily show a good fit, your resume probably never gets seen again. A sad story for both you and your resume.
But the good news is that you don’t need to leave it all up to luck — and a resume reader with extra time on their hands. You can greatly improve your chances simply by following a few resume writing tips.