When it comes to getting your dream job, nothing plays a more vital role than writing a great resume. In the UK, the resume plays a huge role in the selection process because it helps to create a first impression with the employer. A good resume will get you noticed, but a great resume will help you stand above the crowd and get called in for an interview. Here are 4 steps you should follow when writing a resume.
Choosing Your Format
Before you even start writing your resume, you need to pick a format. The three most commonly used formats in the UK are functional, targeted and chronological. Each format emphasizes different information. The chronological resume puts more emphasis on your past and recent experiences. A targeted resume will highlight the specific skills that you have to best match what the company is looking for. The functional format will display both your experience and skills for a given field. If you have a lot of work experience, you may want to go with a chronological resume. If you have a lot of skills and education that would be appropriate for that field but do not have a lot of work experience, go with a functional or targeted resume.
Keep It Short and Sweet
You want to give the employer all of the information that they require on a resume. That being said, longer resumes tend to get overlooked for shorter ones. The most effective type of resume is kept within one page. This will help your resume stand out among the other thousands of resumes that the company may have received for the same position. Within this one page make sure to include the inspiration behind your choosing career path, a good example of how to do this is Randstad’s how I became project.
Handling Gaps Between Jobs
If you have had more than one job, there is possibly a gap in between your jobs. For example, if there is a two-week or month-long gap between your first and second job, let the employer know what you did during this time. Maybe you used the time to further your education or raise your children. Remember, this is not the primary focus of your resume, so do not spend much time on it. However a quick highlight will give the employer a deeper insight into who you are and what you did during the gap between jobs.
Highlight Your Attributes and Hobbies
Another area that you do not want to focus on too much is your hobbies and attributes. These sections should not be overlooked, but you do not want to waste a lot of the company’s time talking about your favourite hobbies. Also, be sure that you include hobbies that target your job description. For example, if you are applying for a job involving computers, you may want to point out your hobbies that are related to the computer field. As far as your attributes go, just highlight a few characteristics that you think best define you. For example, maybe you are a quick learner or are diplomatic. Try not to include too many characteristics because it may make you look a little full of yourself.
Remember to use these tips the next time you are writing a resume. These tips can help you make a great first impression on the company that you hope to work for. If you do not get the job you want, try not to get discouraged. Always put your best foot forward, and show companies why you would make a great fit to their teams.
Guest Author – Lindsay Edwards