3 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You know you’re qualified, you know you’re experienced, and you know you’d be excellent for whatever job – or jobs – you’re looking for, but you’re not getting an interview. What could be the problem? Something which might be impeding your progress is your resume; it is critical that you focus on refining it and ensuring that it includes just what is required and nothing that may distract from what you want a recruiter to see. With that in mind, here are some of the most effective methods for improving your resume.

Proofread

You wrote your resume, and you might change it every once in a while, but have you ever read it from start to finish? Many people don’t. After spending hours putting together the document, they don’t want to read it over and over again, so they leave it as is and start sending it to possible employers.

The problem is that it’s easy for your resume to have mistakes that you haven’t seen, but that will be very obvious to anyone else who reads it. This is why you need to make sure the resume is correct before you send it anywhere. Check the grammar, spelling, and punctuation of the document by reading it through a few times. Also, make sure you’re using the right words, that they mean what you think they mean, and that your writing flows. Even though an employer might not notice if there are no mistakes, they will definitely notice if there are, and it won’t look good. When you check for mistakes, it shows that you care.

Customize

You will save a huge amount of effort if you just make one broad resume and send that to everyone. The problem is that a generic document will look just like every other generic document, which isn’t good enough when there are many applicants to choose from. The potential employer will want to see more.

This is why it is important to take the time to make your resume stand out before you apply for a job. When you do this, you can talk directly about the job and show how your skills and experience make you the best person for the job. You could even say the name of the company to show that you’ve done some research or mention a specific piece of equipment you know they use, such as cylinders for agriculture. This will make your resume stand out in a sea of generic ones, and it could be the thing that gets you the interview you’ve been hoping for.

Volunteer

If you don’t have a job, it’s important to show potential employers that you’re willing to work. Volunteering might be the best way to do this. Even though you won’t get paid, the fact that you’re doing something instead of nothing will look much better on your resume than a blank spot.

Not only that, but when you volunteer, you’re sure to learn something, which could help you in your new job. You might work directly with the public, or you might be volunteering in a charity store to learn more about money. You could even learn a manual skill, like how to drive or run a machine. This will help you get a job, and bringing it up could make a big difference.


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