Aug 21, 2018 - 03:23 AM
There is no one answer. In reality, there are many different steps to making your resume as strong as possible. The creators of mediocre resumes probably skipped all or a few of these steps, but missing even one can have a huge negative impact on the document.
First, think about what needs to be in your resume before you start writing. Just jumping in is a recipe for leaving out vital information. We recommend making an outline or list of everything you want to include, so you can be sure to omit nothing. You should also take a look at the job description to learn what attributes the employer values.
Second, review a resume example to see the best writing practices in action. This greatly improves the document. Additionally, it shows you the standard resume format, which you should always follow closely.
Finally, always proofread your resume. This may seem like a small thing, but it makes a huge difference. Even small typographical errors can make a big impact on a reader.
Jan 17, 2019 - 02:17 PM
A great resume answers the "Why" question. It articulates your background and achievements in a way that not only supports your candidacy but also highlights the work you have done in the past that makes you a positive resource in a new position.
Of course, it goes without saying that a great resume is streamlined, easy to scan for resume keywords and accomplishments, and has zero errors in the grammar and spelling departments. One of the main reasons that people are not contacted after applying for jobs stems from grammatical and/or spelling errors in resumes. Additional considerations for a great resume include aesthetically pleasing font style and size choices, and knowing which resume format to use.
This can’t be reiterated enough: A great resume will align to the needs and requirements listed in the job advertisement. Make sure the skills, work experiences, and educational qualifications listed in your resume connect to the job advertisement, and the most pressing needs the employer is looking to address through hiring for the job.
You can build a resume for free with LiveCareer’s resume builder, or work from one of their many free resume templates.