BBC Content Team
Tips to Write a Standout Resume
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
Let’s face it. Writing a resume can be a daunting task. However, a well-crafted resume, can drastically impact an employers perception of an interviewee. When writing a resume, it is important to consider that it is an advertisement, and that YOU are the product. Therefore, creating the most influential advertisement will substantially increase the chance of receiving a job. Moreover, a resume should be used as a marketing tool, and you should focus on two major categories when creating a resume: structure and content. Although structure can vary based off your preference, certain guidelines should be followed when crafting any resume.. To begin, include stating your name at the top of the resume and personal information (phone number, address, and email) directly below. Next, you should separate their resume into major subcategories, although variation may occur these are primarily “Education, Professional Experience, Honors/Awards, and Extracurricular Activities.” All in all, these categories are used to highlight your best features, and should be edited depending on your specific strengths and weaknesses . To add, each subcategory should be further divided into specific events that best reflect how the interviewee demonstrates each category. Additionally, to maintain a professional structure you must list their position/title in each activity, as well as the location and time period of experience. Furthermore, after a fundamental structure is outlayed for a resume, you must include short descriptions regarding each activity. Starting with a adjective, you must describe their role within a certain activity. At this point, understanding that employers are looking for someone that stands out is crucial and you should focus on including attention-grabbing details. So in order stand out from the crowd it’s important that yours markets your skills in a way that demonstrates that you can successfully perform the duties of the job. To conclude, remember your resume is a tool to market yourself in front of a future employer, and that having an exceptional resume makes receiving a job instantaneously easier.