4 Golden Rules to Resume Writing

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4 Golden Rules to Resume Writing

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There may be hundreds of tips on how to write the resume, but when it comes to writing one effectively, there are a select few golden rules that are essential to follow. It doesn’t matter if you are new to your field or someone with more than 20 years of experience. It also doesn’t matter whether you are job searching for a position in finance, healthcare, IT, marketing, education, or one of many other industries. If you want to compete with the top talent in today’s job market, follow these golden rules to resume writing, presented below.

Unless you know of an insider who can help get your resume into the right hands with the employer, a well-written resume is key to ensuring that employers take notice of you. Many of today’s employers and recruiters heavily rely on the Internet to find talent, so the resume that you post online or share with others must be searchable and relevant. The rules presented below will help ensure that it is and that it impresses those reviewing it.

  1. Present an effective resume opening.
    One of the first things an employer or recruiter looks at on your resume is your opening. They are looking to uncover your professional brand and value proposition. This is a quick tip-off to help determine whether the rest of your resume will be relevant. After a review of the opening, you either have their attention or you don’t. A good opening is also essential on your LinkedIn profile. It’s not always the easiest section to pull together when you only have a few lines to sum up everything in a nice package. Review tips from: “Tips to Writing a Summary for Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume.”
  2. Focus on what the employer wants – tailor your information.
    What do you have to offer? Is it in line with what the employer is looking for? These are questions you need to think about when tailoring your information on the resume for each individual employer. This can mean more work than preparing the same generic resume to use over again each time, but if you want the call-back from employers, this is what you need to do to gain their attention and interest. Today’s employers and recruiters do not have the time or patience to dig for answers in your resume. Present your resume like a targeted ad, and you’ll quickly obtain the attention of those searching for experience, skills, and talent like yours. For more tips, read: “Why the Jack-of-All-Trades Resume Often Fails.”
  3. Apply the keywords that matter.
    Employers and recruiters searching for talent are looking for resumes that contain relevant information. In other words, they are searching by keywords that cater to their interests. Even for employers using applicant tracking systems (ATS), the right keywords on the resume are essential to helping you secure a good ranking in their search results. If you’re resume does not showcase any sign of relevance through keywords, then employers, recruiters, and the ATS will likely never discover your resume amongst the rough.You can apply keywords effectively to the resume through your job titles, presenting the skills required on the job, and showcasing industry experience. This same rule should apply to your LinkedIn profile as well. For more tips, read: “Optimizing Your Resume with Keywords” and “Applicant Tracking Systems: What’s Changed and How Does It Impact Resume Writing.”
  1. Make your accomplishments speak volumes.
    You can talk all you want about the work you’ve done, but if your accomplishments don’t speak to the interest of the hirer, you’re not impressing. You may have helped increase sales, improved client retention, increased new business opportunities, reduced the processing time on orders, etc., but what does this all mean without numbers to back up your claims? Absolutely nothing to the employers and recruiters. It’s critical to present marketable facts that are qualified and/or quantified. For more tips, read: “How to Quantify Your Accomplishments.”

While there are still plenty of other resume rules and tips out there, these four listed above are the most critical to follow. How successful your job search is will in part be influenced by how well your resume is written.

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