Once you enter the professional arena, one of the first things you learn is the significance of a resume. It’s more than just a piece of paper listing your achievements and your experience: it is, quite literally, your ticket to the big time, or your way out the back door! So, how do you ensure that you achieve the first and not the second? It is a common concern with technology professionals, because there is a plethora of information, experience and accomplishments to pick from, so knowing what to put into your resume and what to leave out can seem like an insurmountable task! This article is going to tell you how to do just that, and more!
Tip One: An Adaptable Resume Is An Impressive Resume
A drawback with resumes is they are a generalized account of your professional and academic life. A resume isn’t tailor-made to every job it’s sent in for, which means what might be really significant while applying for one job just might be the thing to ruin your chances at another. However, you can’t quite sit and write up a new resume each time you’re applying for a job. Nor can you blindly strike off or add on information every time, because if you include too much information or too little, you run the risk of losing an opportunity. The answer to this problem is to create a flexible resume structure, which allows you to make edits as and when needed. There will information such as your work experience and your education that is a must no matter what post you’re applying for. These can be included in the ‘essentials’ section of your resume format. Then there will be information that you’d like to tweak according to the job, such as your objective or your interests, which you can put into the ‘flexible’ section. And then you can make a ‘supplementary’ section of possible topics and categories you can include or exclude, as per the job at hand.
Tip Two: Too Much Or Too Little? How To Decide The Length Of Your Resume
Most experts agree that the best bet for deciding the length of a resume is to keep it to three pages. Three pages is enough to include all the relevant information, no matter what post or industry you are applying for, and it’s neither too much or too little. However, if you don’t have enough material for three full pages, or you have much too much, you should decide on the basis of the extent of your work experience. If you have just entered the professional game, or are still new to it, your resume should be modest, and around two pages. If you’ve racked up years of experience, your resume should touch upon all of it, and you can aim for around five pages.
Tip Three: Include Your Educational After Your Work Experience
There is no rule about where you should position the details of your academic career in your resume, which makes it a rather flexible option. Most experts are of the opinion that the most important segment of any resume is the work experience, which means that you should give priority to the same. A prospective employer is going to be more interested in reading about mobile application developers’ skills and interspire developers’ tricks you know rather than your GPA! You can include your educational information on the second page or even later, because once you’ve made a mark with your work experience, objective and other details, the reader will also be interested in your educational achievements. However, pushing your education to the back is not advised if you have impressive academic records.
Tip Four: Bullet-ed Lists And Short Sentences Are The Way To Go
If you are confused about what kind of writing technique to adopt and how to put in all the relevant information without making the content too wordy, here’s a great trick: instead of choosing between sentences and bulleted lists, use a combination of both. It will give you the chance to provide information in varying patterns, which will keep the content readable and interesting, without making it too full or too sparse.
Tip Five: Use Keywords To Summarize Your Tech Know-How
When you include information about your experience as a technology professional, generic descriptions, ambiguous text and protracted sentences have to be avoided. Your resume might be picked up directly by a CEO, or it might pass through the hands of their secretary first. Your purpose has to be get the relevant information across, and the best way to do so is to be succinct and use important keywords, job-relevant jargon and trade terminology. This way, you’ll have covered the really important stuff, and you can impress your prospective employers with in-depth knowledge and more details in the interview stage.