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9 Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Resume

As a candidate if you want to look professional and get noticed, pay attention these nine points.
9 Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Resume
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This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog

Finding a job is tough. It takes time and effort. You need to pay attention to tiny details, especially in your resume, and make sure everything is flawless. As a candidate if you want to look professional and get noticed among others, you must pay attention to the below nine points in your resume.

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Be professional

If you want to show that you are professional, your resume should reflect this. There shouldn’t be any grammar mistakes or a funny email address. Also, you should use a simple and readable font.

Create impact

Use the keywords that are on the job description and highlight your key skills and successes. Make sure you have a persuasive profile and a recruiter can quickly match your profile with the job.

Easy to read

Your resume should be easy to read. Use bullet points, bold headings and clearly divided sections. Recruiters generally only scan resumes and don’t read them. They spend less than a minute in one resume.

Right length

Your resume should be in the right length. It shouldn’t be too long or too short. In this infographic, it mentions that it should be under two pages long. However, for the U.S., your resume should be one page long unless you have a Ph.D or at least 7-8 years of experience.

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Requirements of the job

If your skills, knowledge and experience don’t reflect the requirements in the job description, then, you need to revise your resume. Don’t send the same resume to all of the jobs, tailor it according to the job description and responsibilities

Structure

Having a structure is important in your resume. You should have a summary section which mentions your key experiences and job roles. Also, don’t forget to add your key achievements to your resume.

Show your value

Employers want to see the return on investment. Therefore, your resume should reflect your value to the potential employer such as “I did this and the process improved” or “I did this and the costs decreased”.

Include numbers

Include numbers in your resume such as I worked with a team of 10 people or I managed a budget of $500.000. In this way, recruiters can have a benchmark point.

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Be easy to contact

Be reachable and don’t forget to include your cell phone number, email address and mailing address at the top of your resume.

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