BUILD YOUR RESUME
Writing your resume is a crucial step in your job search, but it doesn’t have to be the toughest. Think of it more like building a resume with separate parts that get put together in a specific order. Once all the parts are in place, your resume functions as a piece of personal marketing that you use to attract employers.
But don't rush to throw it together; it's definitely worth your time and effort to fine-tune the details.
CREATE A CHECKLIST
You don’t want to send out your resume without putting it through a careful review—whether that’s by you, a friend, or even a professional resume consultant. Use this checklist as a great start to building a strong resume.
Have you chosen clean and powerful fonts?
Did you use action verbs?
Does it include a summary?
Did you run it through spell check?
POST YOUR RESUME TO MONSTER
The reality is that recruiters and hiring managers spend literal seconds glancing over resumes to determine whether they’re worth a deeper read, which can lead to a coveted job interview.
That means you not only need to have practical information (contact information, relevant skills, work history, etc.), but you also need to make your resume compelling so you stand out from the dozens—sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands—of other applicants.
One of the best ways to accomplish that is by building a resume for each job to which you plan on applying. When it comes to resumes, the one-size-fits-all approach will not get you very far. Employers want to see evidence that your talents and personality mesh with the specific requirements of the job and with the company culture.
So make them feel special and create versions of your resume that are tailored to reflect the particular needs of each company you’re interested in working for.
But don’t go too far trying to sell yourself. Our recent research found that 66% of recruiters think that candidates exaggerate their skills on their resumes. Dishonesty is not cool, and it immediately raises a red flag to employers about your trustworthiness.
Luckily, we can help you avoid that and guide you through the writing process clearly and effectively.
DISHONESTY, NOT COOL
Once your resume is written and you’re confident it represents your skills and accomplishments, post it on Monster so recruiters and hiring managers can find you before they’ve even posted their latest job openings.
In our recent survey, recruiters told us that resume search is the top tool they use to find the best candidates—but they can’t find you if you aren’t on Monster.
For more advice on building a resume, check out these tips from Monster’s experts.
A resume checklist for every stage of your career
How to use numbers to make your resume more impressive to potential employers
5 Critical parts of a resume
In a recent Monster survey, recruiters told us that resume search is the top tool they use to find the best candidates. Post yours here when you create an account and ensure recruiters and hiring managers can find you before they’ve even posted their latest job openings.
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