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5 Quick Reminders for Writing Your Resumé

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In writing your resumé, it won’t suffice to simply showcase all your accomplishments; to get a job, you have to stand out. You have to prove recruiters that you are best fit for the job. In doing so, it may be helpful to brush up on key quick reminders and tips on writing your resumé before you submit it!

Mind the keywords.

Before preparing your resumé, make sure that you’ve carefully read the job postings you are interested in. Be mindful of what exactly the company is looking for and study what they would like to see in their ideal candidate. Afterwards, make sure you show in your resumé the skills you have that align with what they need. Example, you want to apply as an assistant researcher in a consulting firm; consider including the words analysis, data collection, or inquiry.

Format matters.

It’s important to know which resumé structure best shows your experiences, backgrounds, and skills. You may even opt to make it chronological, functional, combination, or targeted, depending on the nature of the job you’re applying for. It’s harmless to tailor your resumé structures according to the different job positions you’re interested in! Apart from the structure, you may also customize the aesthetic of our resumé, provided that such aesthetic is basic, simple, and readable. 

Go for relevance.

While a lot of positions and experiences can generally make you land a job, it’s still important to make sure that all experiences, backgrounds, and skills you put in your resumé are relevant. Key competencies you have that directly relate to the needs of the company’s job offer are best to list down the bulk of your work experience and key achievements. Moreover, only putting relevant, but quality information also helps you filter out experiences that you think can make you stand out, without having to go over the one-page resumé limit! 

Quantify experience.

Adding numerical measures of your experiences and skills help emphasize and illustrate your capabilities — when it’s possible, of course. For example, you can change “Became project manager for a company’s event” to “Spearheaded a team of 20 members for a company project that surpassed its previous event reach by 20%.” Not only will this provide the employer with a clearer picture of your work, but also possible make you stand out and be remembered among other applicants.

Choose the right verbs.

Consider mixing up the verbs you use to narrate your work experiences. This may help prevent recruiters from getting too bored to proceed with other resumé portions. For instance, instead of saying “Wrote 5 articles for the official publication of an organization” to you can change this to “Authored 5 articles for the official publication of an organization.” Other examples include: changing “Lead” to “Spearhead” or “Did” to “Accomplished”.