How to Write an Interview-Winning Resume?

A resume may be just a couple of pages but is a powerful tool that can help move your career in the right direction. The question ‘How to write a resume?’ should be pondered over deeply and writing a resume should be done carefully. You come across a great job opportunity at a company you always wanted to work at. However, there would be many more candidates just like you who must have applied for the same job you are eyeing. Your resume is your chance to stand out from the crowd and convince the recruiters to call you for the job interview.

Let’s admit it, writing a resume is indeed a daunting task. To make it a little easier for you, here are a few tips on ‘how to write a resume’:

 

Tips on Writing a Professional Resume

 

Tip #1: Choose an Appropriate Resume Format

There are majorly three types of resume formats – reverse chronological, functional, and combination. While reverse chronological resumes clearly showcase your work and educational history, functional resumes are more suited when you want to focus more on specific skills and accomplishments. On the other hand, a combination resume format can help you when you want to put equal emphasis on skills as well as academic & educational history.

You need to figure out what exactly are your biggest strengths (skills, work history, or educational background) and then decide upon a suitable resume format for yourself.

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Tip #2: Give a Proper Structure to the Resume

Once you have picked a suitable format, the next step is to populate your information clearly and properly. Outlined below is one resume sample with information structure you may try and see for yourself whether it works or not –

 

Name

Contact No. | Email ID | Address

 

Professional Summary

This section is for highlighting the key skills in your resume. The skills you want the recruiters to pay attention to and why you are qualified for the job in 2-3 crisp sentences.

 

Professional Experience

Most Recent Organization                                                                                                           Duration

List your job responsibilities, skills, and accomplishments in a bulleted list

Previous Organization                                                                                                                   Duration

List your job responsibilities, skills, and accomplishments in a bulleted list

 

Academic Background

In this section, you can present your educational qualifications in a reverse chronological order in a tabular format.

S.No. Course Name Institution Name Year of Passing GPA/

Percentage

1 Highest Educational Qualification
2 2nd Highest Educational Qualification
3 School & Board Information

 

Additional Skills

In this section, mention in short bullet points some additional short-term courses or certifications that you may have earned. You can also mention some more additional skills in your resume via this section. For example:

  • Knowledge of an additional language
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Google AdWords Certification

 

Professional Accomplishments

In this sections, mention in short bullet points some of the professional accomplishments you have achieved over the years. For example:

  • Increased sales by 50% in 3 months
  • Increased website traffic by 60% in 5 months

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Tip #3: Pay Attention to the Length & Formatting

First things first, do not let your resume exceed beyond 2 pages. Include only the relevant work experiences and other information that will help you highlight why you are eligible for the job you are applying for.

Secondly, pay extra attention to the formatting. It can help you present more information in a clear and easy to read manner without exceeding the 2-page limit. Play with page margins and line spacing to see you are not wasting precious space on the resume. Ensure to only use professional looking fonts that are easy on the reader’s eye. Some of the best font styles you can use are Calibri and Times New Roman.

Use different font size to help different sections of your resume to stand out. Use the biggest font size for your name. Use slightly bigger uniform font sizes for each section’s headline followed by lines to break the resume to improve the readability.

Most importantly, do not share your resume as a PDF file as it is difficult for such files to pass through the ATS. Also, not every recruiters’ desktops/laptops may support such file and you may lose out on a good opportunity.

Also Read: What Should Be the Ideal Length Of Your Resume (CV Writing Tips Part 3)

 

Tip #4: Tailor Your Resume

While the resume format and styling are crucial, equally important is to tailor your resume according to the specific requirements of each job you apply for. Read the job description carefully and pick out some keywords/ key skills for adding in your resume. Research the web to understand the role more deeply and see how you can alter the contents of your resume to better suit the requirements of the recruiters. Doing so will increase your chances of getting shortlisted and also help you prepare for the next stage of the recruitment process, i.e., the job interview.

Also Read: Avoid These 10 Mistakes to Create an Impactful Resume

 

Tip #5: Prepare a Professional Cover Letter

Don’t just simply send your resume. Back it with a strong cover letter. While writing a cover letter for your resume, keep in the mind the following quick tips –

    • Avoid repeating the same information that is there in your resume

    • Focus more on what you can offer to the company

    • Instead of showcasing your educational background, showcase your skills

    • Highlight the most relevant experience

  • Tell a story but add some numbers to show what results you have achieved in the past

 

Whether you are a fresher looking for your first job or a seasoned professional looking for a meaningful change, your resume is your strongest tool. In addition to the tips shared above, ensure to proofread your resume and cover letter at least thrice before sending it to the recruiter. Have a friend read through the document and give his/her suggestion as to how you can improve.

All the best!

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About Megha Raizada

Megha Raizada is a professional writer with a keen interest in the global job market. She loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. When not writing or browsing the Internet, you will find her creating furniture out of used tires.

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