How to create a convincing résumé
An excellent résumé is the first step to achieving the career change you want. However it should be noted that HR managers receive numerous job applications every day and only spend a few moments looking at each one. If your résumé does not grab their attention in those first few moments, where they can quickly see your relevant experiences, expertise and skills, it is likely that your résumé will be archived and stay there.
Below we have presented some useful tips on how to create a résumé that will stand out in the eyes of employers and guarantee you access to the best job positions.
1. Stick to the point!
An employer want to know exactly what you can do for their company, that is why you have to focus on your professional expertise, skills and especially any special achievements in your career that may be interesting for your employer or correspond to any of the requirements of the job position. Stick to the point! The best résumé is one that is tailored to each employer. Avoid giving irrelevant information to the employer.
2. Say who you are straight away
Besides the standard topics such as:
- Personal contact information (e-mail and mobile phone are required),
- An overview of relevant work experience,
- Formal and informal education, and
- A description of expertise, professional and personal skills,
your résumé should include your profile right at the start. This is a sort of summary of your career with a punchy title in which you present your unique value to the employer in three to four sentences; what are your key features and qualifications and how you see your career path developing.
3. Consistency demonstrates your professionalism
A modern résumé should not be longer than two A4 pages, should be logically structured, easy to read and nicely designed. Consistency throughout the document demonstrates your professionalism, so make sure you clearly define each section, use lists with markers and stay consistent with the use of font, spacing between lines, symbols and colours. Emphasise keywords with bold type and be especially careful that the text does not contain grammatical and spelling errors.
4. Build on your personal brand
A résumé is a tool that you can use to promote your personal brand in the eyes of an employer. In addition to having an excellent résumé and cover letter, your web presence (active participation in professional associations, conferences, writing articles or a blog, as well as a well-made profile on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) can significantly benefit your image as seen by an employer. The majority of employers look online to find relevant information about a candidat