Polishing Up the Content of Your Resume
So, you’ve impressed your potential employer with your smart-looking resume, now it’s time to market yourself. Even though you can’t take creative license with the content, you can refine and enhance it.
This is essentially a general overall goal that you have in your career. Think about what you want to achieve in your profession: “To further develop my professional profile within the real estate industry by being a champion for success” or something like “To utilise my skills, experience and qualifications to excel in all areas of my professional career.” You can keep it fairly generic or, if you want to really impress your potential employer, tailor it for the role you’re applying for.
There are some easy ways to beef up your resume using formatting without feeling like you need to make up anything. First, why not use bullet points? People like it when things are in list-form; it’s easier to read, more concise and is an attractive way of presenting information; the perfect way of using the space by laying out things a little differently. You can also have your headings in a slightly larger font and, even though it’s good to utilise the empty space in a resume, if you honestly don’t have enough content you don’t need to worry too much about it.
Add Some Personality
You don’t want to give too much away, but it’s nice to share a little bit about your personality. One way of achieving this is by offering some information about your interests or the achievements you’ve had in your life. Typical resume headings are things like “Experience”, “Skills”, “Qualifications”, etc… why not have a section titled “Interests” – where you can bullet point things like: Russian Cooking, Gardening, Online Gaming. As for “Achievements” – although it’ll be favourable to list some professional achievements, they don’t all need to be career-related. Use a timeline format, with the most recent first, highlighting any life achievements that you’re proud of.
Showcase Your Skill-Set
Most people have a difficult time talking themselves up, but it’s worth remembering that your resume is one of the few opportunities you’ll get to do just that! Here are some choice words you can use to describe your skill level:-
Excellent, Superior, Great, Good, Exceptional, Solid, Well-Versed, Outstanding, Impressive, Effective, Speedy, Accurate, etc. Try using a positive descriptive word (but be honest) when describing your skill level….and here’s some examples that you’re free to pinch:
- Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
- Solid computer literacy: intermediate-to-advanced use in Microsoft Office
- Speedy and accurate operator with touch-typing speed of 74wpm
- Self-motivator, easily able to manage workload autonomously
- Excellent team player with great listening skills
- Friendly, polite – well-versed in providing outstanding customer service
Just like you, over time your resume will grow and evolve. By taking the time to prepare a solid structure, you will be able to easily build on it as your career progresses.