Your Resume has these 4 Must-Haves, Right?
What To Include On Your Resume
Whether you’re putting together a resume for your first or last job, there are several core elements that need to be considered when you are writing your resume. The average time spent by hiring managers to read your CV worldwide is 5 to 7 seconds. Although modern technology has made it easier to apply to many jobs without much effort, it also means that employers and recruiters are inundated with resumes when a job opening is posted. If you want the job, then you need to make sure that your resume outshines the rest.
You could try to do that with fire, water, earth and sky, but we’d recommend the 3 elements below instead:
- A visual centre
You only have a few seconds to capture the attention of the hiring manager, so it is important to include a summary that entices them to continue reading your resume. The first section should quickly summarise your qualifications and is essentially an “elevator speech” on paper.In terms of content, the visual centre should include your biggest career highlights. The centre should be loaded with the value you will offer the company, such as across-the-board accomplishments, industry-specific technical and transferable skills, and summaries of successful projects you lead.
- Involve the “3 E’s”
There are three main points that most hiring managers are looking for: expertise, experience, and education. It is a good idea to dedicate a section of the resume to each of these topics:
Expertise shows the unique skill set that you can bring to the company, in order to show that you are the right candidate for the job. Make sure to adjust each resume to align with the job description, because you can re-phrase your core competencies in a manner that speaks to the language used by the hiring manager.
Experience should be focused around the accomplishments that you have achieved in your career. Many people mistakenly list their job duties without showing the way the experience shaped their skill set and education.
Education provides the proof that you are qualified for the job based on the education requirements that were listed in the job description. The education section is also the perfect opportunity to share information about on-the-job training or continuing education that you received.
Many hiring managers and recruiters have hundreds of CV’s set out to them
Recall that most these CVs will be filtered out by an ATS software program. The remaining CVs will be further filtered out by employers who are unwilling to read anything beyond a bullet point followed by a single sentence.
The most valuable thing you can add to your industry CV is white space.
Think of writing an industry CV as the opposite of writing an academic journal article. Instead of using dense text and long paragraphs to construct a well-formulated argument, you want to simplify everything down into short, digestible, and (when possible) quantified achievements.
As such, you should avoid employer turn offs like small, dense font styles and sizes, run-on sentences, and paragraphs altogether.
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