Speaking of points, below you will find four key ones that will help shift your résumé from OK to great!
A great résumé is not a TEMPLATE! Write your résumé free-hand. If you don’t know where to start think about some of the cool projects that you worked on and what makes you proud. Your résumé should be unique and different. Stay away, far, far away from the templates!
A great résumé is one that aligns with the employer needs. Every job you apply for should have a unique résumé attached to it. The employer needs to see that you have something they need. Think of it as a formula:
EMPLOYER NEEDS + JOB ADVERT = YOUR RÉSUMÉ
A great résumé is a balance between academia, technical and soft skills. Make sure you have highlighted your relevant education; the more recent the better. We live in a tech world and technology is important, so highlight those skills. Equally important are your soft skills. Employers want competent but kind employees. Demonstrate that you are both!
A great résumé is a short résumé. Your résumé should be one to two pages at most. The caveat to this guideline is if you are applying for a research or doctorate type role, then use a curriculum vitae (CV) format so you can highlight your education, publications or research work.
Résumé writing is a love/hate relationship. If feels really good once you are done but boy oh boy there can be some frustrating times along the way….Happy Résumé Writing!
Michelle Precourt is a Career Coach, Recruitment Expert and Registered Yoga Teacher based in Ottawa, Canada. She has blended her 15 years of recruitment experience with her Hatha and Yin teacher training that provides for a diverse approach in her work. Learn more about Michelle and her work at https://michelleprecourt.com/