The population is higher than ever before and more people than ever are studying a higher education degree. This means the competition for jobs is tough and you can no longer rely on your education to secure you your dream job. You must find other ways to make your resume stand out.
Here are some of the best.
Do it Face to Face
One of the best ways to make sure your resume makes a fantastic first impression is to hand it in, in person. Ask to speak to a manager or someone involved in recruitment and be sure to present yourself well.
This one might sound obvious but, you’d be amazed at the number of resumes that get handed in that are crumpled or even dirty. Make sure yours is on crisp white paper.
You want your resume to stand out and make a great first impression. But, don’t be tempted to use a fancy font. If it’s hard to read, they won’t bother.
Not Too Long
A good resume should be at most two sides of A4. So, if it’s longer, make some cuts. Only mention experience that is relevant. There is no need to list all of your responsibilities. Stick to things that could help you get the job.
Or Too Short
A resume doesn’t want to be too short either. If you haven’t got any work experience, focus on your education, personality traits, key skills, and interests. Also add a section about what you could bring to the job, which would normally be in your cover letter.
Your key skills are probably the most important part of your resume. These could be skills you’ve gained at school, in work, or in your personal life. Read the description of the job you’re applying to and the skills needed. List the ones you’ve got.
You should also include any personality traits that you think could be useful. These could be things like being compassionate or loving responsibility. Include examples if you can.
Interests…If They Are Relevant
While it’s not a good idea to list all your interests and hobbies, you could mention any that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
What Makes You Different?
You are the best person to answer this question. Did you study online? Or have you traveled the world? These are things that make your application different from others with the same education.
Adding a photo distracts from the content of your resume and makes prospective employers think you are trying to distract them. Let your resume speak for itself.
The most important thing is to always tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a job in structural engineering and have an online MCE degree from Norwich University, that needs to be right at the top. But, if you’re applying for a job in a different field, focus instead on any transferable skills you may have gained while studying your online civil engineering degree, such as your organization and attention to detail.
Remember, this is your chance to sell yourself, and your resume to show prospective employers why they should hire you. Good luck.
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