Hence, the content layout and language has to be dynamic enough for an employer to give the resume a longer look. Five major elements to attain an interview winning resume are:
1. Decide the focus and create the objective: The job objective should be a crisp and concise statement of what you intend to pursue. It should include these:
– Target functional area
– Preferred location
– Preferred industry
2. An effective summary: This aims at presenting the snapshot of a person’s professional profile to a potential recruiter. It demonstrates an ability to generate a significant return on the employers’ investment in a candidate. Use bullets to emphasise points and include the following points in the summary:
– Total years of experience
– Present / last position with the present / last company associated with
– Stints taken across the career supporting your target functional areas
– Your personal work-style and unique personality traits
3. Organisational experience: The content should be organised in such a manner that the recruiter gets to read the most relevant material first with special emphasis on one’s achievements. The sentences should be well-structured to be positive, brief and accurate. There ought to be a fine balance of including your keywords & phrases for ranking optimisation. Use verb tense consistently and highlight major portions like growth path, deputations, project undertaken in bold and italics but do not overdo this.
4. Quantify your achievements: Achievements sections focus on what a person has actually accomplished in her assignments which in turn, translates into what a person can do for a potential employer. The achievements should exhibit a PAR (Problem-Action-Result) Pattern to exemplify the benefit of the action taken to you as an individual and organization as a whole. The accomplishments should also be quantified to add credibility to your resume. Moreover, you can use percentages as a metric to highlight your efforts.
5. Use the perfect format & language structure: We should ensure perfection in language; that the resume is written in perfect English with appropriate professional jargon & vocabulary. The format should be chosen as per the target industry and functional area. There are three major formats used widely namely Chronological, Functional & Mixed Formats:
– A chronological format is used when you have a steady employment history
– A functional resume emphasizes more on skill sets rather than chronology. It is best suited for people who possess diverse skills and one who are changing careers.
– A mixed format focuses both on skills & experience and works for everyone. Thus, it is most commonly used worldwide.