No matter what type of job you are seeking, there are three basic principles of Resume Writing that you need to keep in mind. I call these the Capital C’s of Resume Writing: Clarity, Coherence, and Confidence.
When you’re getting into resume writing, you need to be very clear in every aspect. You need a firmly stated, very obvious objective. Additionally, you need to make sure that you have the proper information for your education and employment history as needed, so that the employer doesn’t have to decode your resume and make guesses as to what you’re capable of. The easier your resume is to read and follow, the more likely you are to be considered for the job.
Coherence is another important element of resume writing. When you are applying for a job, your resume should be relevant, and totally coherent. For example, when you’re applying for that big career executive position,the employer doesn’t want to read that you worked at McDonald’s when you were in high school, or that you were in drama club . Most professional careers don’t even want or need high school information or job history that isn’t relevant. If you’re looking for a professional career, your resume should reflect this. Make sure that your objective and education match the position you’re applying for, while being well presented.
One little known element of Resume Writing to consider is Your Confidence. Employers look for people who are confident in their abilities, so it is imperative to utilize phrases and words that demonstrate your confidence in your resume writing. However, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, so don’t be too foregoing in your explanation of your abilities and expertise. For example, say “I am confident in my ability to work for your company because of my extensive training… I am capable of doing the work that is required…,” etc. instead of saying something like “I’m the best, and if you don’t hire me you’ll be sorry.” Although the latter is an extreme example, if you appear too prideful or overconfident, you may very well be giving this impression in your resume and cover letter, even if it’s not directly stated.
In summary, be clear, confident, and coherent in your resume writing. Make the employer feel he needs you. But be very careful in doing so, because the line between confidence and arrogance is very thin, and no employer wants to hire an arrogant person, no matter how qualified they may be. If your resume writing doesn’t seem to be getting you the job you want, you may consider seeking the help of a professional in the resume writing field. They are highly qualified and trained in the art of resume writing, and their resumes generally return better results in job searches.
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