Think of the first page of your résumé as being like a billboard outside a shop. Does it catch your eye? Does it provide you with all the information you want to know? Does it have a statement that catches your eye? Who is the employer looking for? You create your first page in direct response to the employer’s wish list. Then show them that you are that person through your achievements and
Be sure of one thing, if your resume does not target the job being advertised someone else’s will and you won’t get the job. Your resume has to be special and specific. So let’s take this a step at a time. Let’s assume the job requirements mention the following items:
- The duties
- The experience required and
- The responsibilities
This means your resume must hit those targets clearly, succinctly and immediately. Not on page 3, not in verbose language and not in a layout that makes it hard to read. Your targets must be hit from Page 1, with the rest of the resume acting as backup!
Your resume will consist of more than one page but work on a strategy that the first page will be sufficient in itself. Try and put enough information on the first page that will tell the reader all they need to know to offer you an interview. It’s an exercise in being concise. Look upon it as a work of art. Re-work it several times so that your first page is a business card, your entree into the interview room.
Another tip when you are unsure of relevant experience is to first tell them about all your achievements and competencies which are relevant to the job and then about your other experiences which could well help you perform the task anyway. These are called transferable skills, skills you have acquired over the years, which have value and which you can transfer to your new job when you land it.
One recent survey carried out by resume experts found that over 90% of resumes often use general terms and do not ‘fit’ the job in question. Let the applicant beware.
Always tailor your response to the job being advertised and review it many times before sending it to a prospective employer.
If you want to stand out in a crowd contact Clarity Career Management for further advice on how to write your résumé.