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Making A High Impact Resume

All of us, on at least one occasion, have had the need to seek for employment. We subscribe to various job platforms; we buy the newspaper or we go and distribute our resume to the companies and wait for them to call us. When that call never comes, we always have thoughts like:

- What did I do wrong?

- Do I need to improve?

- Do I have the enough skills for the vacancy?

- Do I have lack of experience?

- Did they really read my resume?


These are some of the questions that we haven´t asked. It´ll be excellent if the company called you and explained to you why weren´t you accepted. With this in mind, we are going to see some recommendations to cause a better impact.



At first, we have to answer these questions:

  • Why should they hire me?

  • What would the company loose if they don´t hire me?

  • What does my resume say about me?

  • Am I applying my goals with my resume?


With these clear questions we can start to look for the information that we are going to put in our resume. At the moment, this information has to be clear: Who I am and what can I do. Our resume is descriptive, and who better than ourself to describe our person.

Choosing a template

Currently we can find many templates, so we no longer have to start the design from scratch. What is the layout that I have to use? Your preferences do influence, choose colors and font that better go with yourself. Design your personal brand.


Content

Regarding the information, let's start with the personal data: Name, contact number and email are the things that cannot be missing. Depending on the vacancy, you can add the city where you live, your address or even your academic or expertise area.


Skills

Focus on hard skills (technical), those skills that can be tested: use of technology, CRM management, knowledge of a certain computer format. You can put soft skills (those that are seen until the person executes them), but it is recommended that you add those that the vacancy requires. If you are applying for a vacancy in the educational area then skills like tolerance, planning, and active listening will give you a plus. Skip skills like: respect, punctuality, responsibility, etc. These skills should be in you, no matter what.


The skills most sought after by companies are:

  • Resilience

  • Adaptability

  • Creativity

  • Responsibility management

  • Continuous improvement

  • Self-discipline

  • Self- learning

  • Leadership

  • Accountability

  • Teamwork

  • Results

  • Effective communication



Experience

It is generally recommended to put your experience from the last 3 to 5 years, however, it also depends on your stay. Is it correct to skip putting a job if I spent a short time on it? This depends to a greater extent on the company you are applying to, remember that hiding information does not look very professional.


When putting your experience, make sure that the text is descriptive and add achievements that have been reached during your participation in the company in which you have had direct influence.


Academic training

At this point of your career, you can include your certificates. Don´t put your education since you were in elementary school. Focus on putting your recent studies.


Your resume must include these 6 adjectives:

  • Short

  • Clear

  • Concrete

  • Coherent

  • Critic

  • Believe it!


Your resume is your presentation card, it is the way in which the company will know you before having a first contact. Spend time in its creation and improve it more and more.





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