10 Resume Tips From A HR Specialist

June 6, 2017

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Is it time to start job hunting? You’re going to need a killer resume in order to convince recruiters they want to interview you. If the thought of writing a resume fills you with dread, have no fear. This guide from a HR specialist will show exactly what makes a brilliant resume.

1. Support your claims with facts

You can tell the recruiter that you’re the best person out there for the job, but they’re going to need proof. If you make a claim, make sure you can support it. For example, rather than just saying ‘I helped improve sales’, say ‘My sales tactics helped improve sales by 10% in 2015.’ Use facts the recruiters can check for themselves.

2. Proofread, proofread, and proofread some more

Proofreading should be essential for anything you write, but especially your resume. Because recruiters see so many resumes, they’re looking for any reason to weed some out. If you have simple spelling or grammatical errors in yours, it’ll instantly be discarded.

When you’ve written your resume, take several passes at it and proofread it carefully. If you need help, there are services and tools online that can assist you. Try Easy Word Count to pull out spelling errors, and Slick Write to help you see where you need to make edits. Custom Paper Writing Service and Assignment Help can even proofread your resume for you.

3. Balance relevance and chronicity

As a potential new hire, you want to show that the skills you have are relevant to the job. However, you also want to show that you’re someone who’s in it for the long haul. Include the skills that will make you stand out, but also take care to show that you’re a dedicated worker. These two values will be the most interesting to any recruiter.

4. Use action verbs

Your resume and writing style are going to play a large part in reflecting your personality. A recruiter wants someone with the get up and go to grow their business. That’s why action verbs are so important. They stress that you’re energetic and hard working. For example, use ‘chaired’ to talk about your meetings, or ‘collaborated’ when you talk about team work.

5. Be prepared with a versatile resume template

The best resume is one that’s been written especially for the role in question, but you don’t have time to write one from scratch every time. That’s why a good resume template is important. It should give you the bones of a good resume, which lets you fill in the appropriate detail.

If you need a good template, a site like Resumention is a good place to start. They’ll have hundreds of templates for you to browse through, so you can pick one that looks good for you.

6. Grammar

Your grammar is important in your resume. Poor grammar makes your resume harder to understand, and can make you appear sloppy and uncaring about the impression you make. Of course, you don’t want to do that, but your grammar could use some work.

As you write, start using writing communities like Paper Fellows, to help you improve your grammar. They can help you see the errors in your writing, and coach you in how to improve your grammar in the future.

7. Make it an appropriate length

Make your resume too long, and it’s bound to be full of information that a recruiter just doesn’t need from you. The ideal length is no more than 2 pages long. If yours is going over that length, take a look at it. What information can be cut out?

8. Get rid of objectives and summary

Objectives and summary seem like a good idea, but the recruiter just doesn’t need them. They’re designed to tell them what you’re looking to do with your resume, but it’s already obvious that you’re applying for their job! The rest of your resume should be able to do this job for you.

9. Achievements instead of responsibilities

If you worked in project management, then the recruiter already knows what that kind of job entails. If you list out your responsibilities, then you’re just telling them something that they already know. Instead, replace them with your achievements. What did you accomplish when you were project manager? How did that benefit your company?

10. No hobbies

The debate around hobbies on a resume is fierce, but the long and short of it is that they’re just not relevant. The recruiter doesn’t need to know what you’re like at the weekend, they need to know what you do when you’re on the job. If you’re using this section, make sure to take it out.

These ten tips will help you get that elusive interview. Use them yourself and you’ll see how much your resume will improve.

About the author

Mary Walton is a professional editor at UK Admission Service. She also is a freelance HR professional, and helps people all over the world find new jobs. Mary also has a few years of experience in content marketing, and now helps Australian Help team with content management. Mary has a blog – Simple Grad. Check it out to find useful tips for students.

 

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