- Preferably concise and accurate.
- Include your objective, explain the value you can bring to the company. Write your objective in a way to shows that you understand the goals of the role you’re applying for or pursuing in your job search.
- Note your personal passion, goals you want to achieve in life.
- Email, phone number, linked-in profile, any other social media handle that maybe be relevant to the position/company you’re applying to.
- Example of the framework: Company Name, Your Role, Key Highlights — Date on the right.
- Put your latest experience first.
- List your responsibilities and accomplishments in an easy to skim bullets, not in paragraphs. Start each bullet with a strong verb (e.g, Lead, Managed, Created, Conducted).
- Avoid listing your duties, prioritize highlighting your successes, initiatives you have taken
- Where possible, quantify your results in past experiences to show the impact you had in your role.
- Possible framework: results or what you achieved + compared to before or why your efforts were necessary + the actions you took or skill(s) you applied.
- If applies, list volunteer experience
- Skills, languages, software.
- Make sure the skills you display relate to the requirements of the job.
- Tip: Portray your skills proficiency level in a visual format (filling in the line or filling circles on a scale from 1 to 5).
- If applicable, include soft skills that showcase your Emotional Intelligence.
EDUCATION CERTIFICATIONS AWARDS INTERESTS
- Do not disregard the value of this section. It gives insight into things you care for and are interested in — which could weigh in on your alignment with the company culture or colleagues,
- Use bold, clear section headings
- Use an accent color.
- Make sure is there enough white space to make the resume easy to read.
For good specialist resume samples go here.
COVER LETTER + Passing the interview — the key here is research.
- Start by really reading the job description. Dissect the ask, and understand what is required from the job. Reflect and highlight those skills the company is looking for in a new hire, in your resume.
- Research the company you are applying to. Particularly understand their mission and vision. You can generally find the information by looking at their company website, their LinkedIn and Glassdoor Profiles, other social media profiles, and press releases or media mentions.
- Research the team you would be working with or the person interviewing you.
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ID tip: If you really want to work for a particular company write a proposal, find gaps in this company and propose ways to fill them. You differentiate yourself by giving more than what you are asked for and showing you’ve done due diligence in understanding the company and its competitive advantages. OR you can hire someone online to tailor your resume/portfolio for you in order to fit the ATS guidelines which most recruiters use nowadays to find the best candidates.
Written By Dana M