Applying for jobs can be so stressful. You know how it goes: after nitpicking over your resume, you start sending it out, and just wait and wait for a call from any one of your prospective employers. When you don’t, you start feeling like you’re no good at all.
Maybe you should examine the crucial channel through which you market yourself: was your resume adequate enough to score you an interview, or could you have done better and improved it? Here are a few steps to help you write an effective resume that will land you that job.
1. Make sure the length is appropriate.
You might have been told that employers don’t read past the first page of your resume. Of course, this is nonsense, and they are wrong. Resumes can be as long as three pages. Just make sure it is easy to read and will provide them with the information they need right off the bat. Recruiters and managers will look for applicants who can showcase their skills and experience in a well-crafted resume, so the length should just be enough to allow you do to just that.
2. Do without an objective.
A lot of applicants consider the career objective introduction to be a crucial part of their resume. While it is a chance to be honest about what you want for yourself and what you think you can do for the company, it may not be an effective selling point to help you land that job. Consider including a positioning statement in place of it, and precisely say what you can offer, so the company would know what value you will be able to add should they choose to hire you.
3. Position yourself as someone who is fit for the job.
A resume is more or less an advertisement of yourself. It should put you in a light that would make a recruiter think that you have what they need. To be able to sell yourself well, highlight the skills and experience you have that you believe will make you the ideal person for the job. Include related awards and distinctions that are notably impressive, but make sure there are enough of them, at least three. Otherwise, it would seem like you’re still stuck in your 15 minutes of fame long after it has ended.
4. Tailor your resume to the job application.
Most applicants make the mistake of just sending out generic resumes to all of their job applications. Make sure that you shape your resume according to the position you’re gunning for. Refer to the job description and make sure you pattern the experience and qualifications you put in your resume after it.
5. Be specific.
Don’t settle for vague outlines of your contributions to your previous employer. Explicitly state what you were able to do for them, how it was able to help the company, and what you got out of it. This way, it will give your prospective employer a clear picture of what you can do and what they can expect from you.
If you think you’ve followed these steps accordingly, then you probably wouldn’t need to seek anxiety help while waiting for a call from those companies. Writing a clear and concise resume will enable you to sell yourself well and compel those recruiters to get to know more about you. It will only be a matter of time before you land a job that’s perfect for you.
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Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life in writing articles that will help people in coping with anxiety, stress, panic attacks and depression. You can read more of his writings at Calm Clinic.