Resumes can be tough to put together.
They involve a great deal of time, effort, and attention to detail.Â Unfortunately, employers often takeÂ less than 11 secondsÂ to determine if you’reÂ qualified for the job. This highlights the importance of understandingÂ what it takes for employers to considerÂ a great resume.
In order to help youÂ out, we’ve identified the top 5 tips for a stand-out resume:
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Grammatical errorsÂ top the list for the biggest resume blunders! In fact, 58% of employers have reported that typos were the primary reason they dismissed a candidate. So before sending out your resume, take the time to read it over a few times. The best tip is to have a fewÂ friends read over your resume as well, so you have a fresh set of eyes to scan your work.
2. Don’t send outÂ the same resume for every job
It’s important to rememberÂ that every company is unique, even if it’s within the same industry. By tailoring your resumeÂ to the requirements of each company, you have a better chance of catching an employer’s eye. In fact, 36% of employers dismissed candidates with resumes that are too generic.
3. Apply if youÂ fit the basic requirements
Although this may seemÂ obvious, a lot ofÂ people apply toÂ jobs they don’t necessarily have the qualifications for. It’s okay to apply to a job where you may not fit every requirement, but in order to get your foot in the door, it’s essential you fit the basic description. For example, if you’ve never worked with animals, it’s probably best you don’t apply to be a dog walker.
4. Focus onÂ accomplishmentsÂ
Most people simply list the duties they’ve completedÂ at each job, which isn’t necessarily going to draw employers in. Rather, listing the achievements accomplished at each position will be showcase your abilities better. In fact, an executive recruiter said, “Recruiters and managers want to see quantifiable achievements, so use metrics, dollars and percentages.â€ The best approach isÂ to use the S.T.A.R method, which translates into Situation, Task, Action and Result:
- What is the context of the situation
- DescribeÂ the tasks requiredÂ for theÂ situation
- What actions were taken to complete the task
- What were the results
5. Add a little pizzazz to your resumeÂ
Sometimes the best way to make a resume “pop” is byÂ getting a little creative with it. The addition of colour and a unique page layoutÂ canÂ give your resume a specialÂ flare that willÂ stand out from the masses of resumes that follow a simple andÂ generic design. You can surf the web to findÂ different templates or design layouts that can help highlight your accomplishments while being pleasing to the eye.Â Although caution should be taken depending on the field you’re going to be working in, so don’t be too flashyÂ with your layout if you’reÂ applying forÂ a lab technicianÂ or law clerk position.
Getting a job can be tough, but with the right resume you’re already halfway there!Â If you’re lucky enough to make it to the interview phase, check out ourÂ 7 ways to make a good first impression during an interviewÂ to help you knock their socks off.
A resume is only as good as the amount of experienceÂ on it. So if you’re looking toÂ amplify your resume make sure to check out IGNITE’s Job Fair! Find out when the job fair is scheduled for your campus:Â Â North,Â LakeshoreÂ andÂ Guelph-Humber.