A resume is the cornerstone of your job search. No matter what kind of position you are applying for, you will need a resume to be considered. And while a resume is extremely subjective and every company will have their own unique preferences for what they like and don’t like, there are still overall rules for resume building that everyone should follow.
First and foremost, be sure to have a resume you can be proud of. Working with a recruiter can help you create a resume that not only speaks to you, but speaks to the company as well. A recruiter goes through tons of resumes every day, and they know what their client is looking for. Some companies may be a stickler for the old rules of keeping resumes to one page and using the traditional resume format, while others are looking for something a bit more unique and personable to get to know you professionally and personally.
While it can be hard to determine where a company falls on the resume spectrum, ensuring you include these three things will lead to a successful resume.
Projects You’ve Done
Always mention if you’ve done a technical project, be specific in what types of tools you used and what you’ve done and don’t be afraid to brag a bit without going into too much detail. Projects come and go and you may have worked on a project that was outside your job description. If you were able to complete that project successfully, it can show how well-rounded you are as employee. If you completed many projects at your previous job, list the ones that you enjoyed the most or that you think will help you with this new job of choice.
You may have held great positions at top companies, and within your resume you list all of your duties and day-to-day tasks. But what did you accomplish there? Did you help the company grow? Did you launch a new product? Being specific about your achievements is a great way to show how talented you are in your field. Lead with these things and if space is an issue, consider cutting out some of the task bullets and replacing with achievements instead.
This one is more technical—you want to be sure that your resume that is organized, clean and easy to follow. If there are no columns or no organization to your resume, it’s likely that you will be immediately overlooked. Page count doesn’t matter as much as it used to—but if you have a five-page resume and have only been working or 10 years, you are probably including too much information. Keep only the relevant matter and keep it as short as you can.
If you are looking for a job, or a company looking for trusted employees, contact The Goodkind Group. You can reach us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.