In today’s highly competitive job market, you need to stand out from the crowd when applying for a new role. A strong résumé (or CV) will make an impactful first impression on your potential employer, before you’ve even met them!
Writing a résumé is a bit like following a recipe – there are some key ingredients you’ll need to include, but you should also feel free to add your own flair, too. But be careful not to go against the grain – one wrong ingredient and your résumé will be unpalatable to the recruiter.
Our Mind Tools Minute Video
Take a look at our short video for tips on how to write a standout résumé:
You can also learn more from our article, Writing Your Résumé (CV).
What to Include in Your Résumé
Most importantly, include your name and contact details at the top of the page. Use your preferred phone number and a professional-sounding email address. MonkeyBrainz82@google.com won’t look great to the hiring manager, trust me!
You’ll also want to provide a summary of your relevant skills and qualifications.
The final thing a hiring manager needs to see is a brief outline of your work history and recent achievements. You can also mention any volunteer work you’ve completed. Remember, your most recent roles are the most relevant, so use reverse chronological order.
What Not to Include in Your Résumé
A common mistake when stating your attributes is to use too many adjectives. Words like “passionate,” “keen” and “independent” should be kept to a minimum. Instead, use powerful action words like, “completed,” “launched” and “negotiated.”
You should also avoid gimmicky templates, fonts and colors in your résumé. These can make your text difficult to read and be off-putting for the reader.
Finally, avoid going into lots of detail when you talk about your experience. A few standout statistics or key points will get the recruiter’s attention.
Do you have any more tips for writing a standout résumé? Let us know, in the comments below!