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If you are a smart job hunter then you surely know the significance of having an excellent and outstanding resume. It plays the key role in getting picked from the bunch of curriculum vitae lying in from of the employer. So, don’t you think it should be brilliantly written?

A resume that intelligently includes all the job seeker’s knowledge, skills, and abilities has a greater probability of getting sorted out from the crowd.

So, instead of wondering what to write in the resume to be hired at once, let’s begin with the important points that you need to keep in your head while drafting your resume.

If you want to revamp your curriculum vitae (CV), start from scratch here. Forget about all the resumes you had created earlier. Follow these key points:

1. First Find out the Jobs You Are Going to Apply For

Having a common resume for applying to all the jobs is not at all ideal. The first you need to understand is that each job has a set of skill sets and specifications that differ from one job to another. So, if your resume does not match exactly with those requirements, there is a chance that your resume gets dumped into the trash.

In short, first find the job and then write your resume.

2. Use of Keywords Is Essential

Today, people do not go to the recruiters holding a copy of their resume hunting for jobs, rather it is done online. You post your resumes on the job portals and recruiters search for candidates in those portals and do the talent fishing. So, here comes the significance of using keywords.

While searching for candidates, they use important keywords to sieve out the matching profiles. If you too want to be found out in those searches, you need to insert specific keywords in your resume.

3. Select a Resume Format That Does Not Look Clumsy

Resume format is equally important when you are drafting your CV. There are three standard formats and you need to find out which format is going to click for you. The common resume formats include chronological format; functional format; and combination format.

The chronological format is mostly liked by recruiters and used by job seekers who are making shifts within the same level and same industries.

The functional resume format is the least preferred one and is used by candidates who are trying to make extreme shifts in the career. The combinational format is usually adopted by people who are looking to make vertical moves in their careers.

4. Make Sure You Add a Heading to Your Resume

The world is flooded with competitions all around us. And, getting yourself seen by the recruiters in a crowd makes all the difference. As the saying goes as “ the first impression lasts long”, you too need to make that first impression.

The heading should appear at the top of the first page of the resume. It can include your name, contact number, email address, social networking profiles like LinkedIn.

5. Compose the Objective or Goal of Your Career

This is a vital part if you are trying to get a new job. It makes the recruiters understand what exactly you are looking for in the long run. The hiring process is an expense for companies and they try to ensure that they don’t spend their time and resources on temporary deals. So, from the career objective, they make out if you will have a prospect in their company or not.

6. Then Comes the Summary of Your Resume

After reading this part the employer or recruiter must understand what best you can offer to the position. Hence, you need to give your best here. The summary should briefly talk about your qualification, knowledge, skills, and abilities. It should not be more than 4-5 sentences that exhibit that you are the best candidate for the position you have applied.

If possible you can include some worthy achievements too. Brainstorm well and frame a good summary. The skills and abilities test highlight your efficiencies and strengths.

7. Experiences and Previous Job Roles Need a Mention Too

Specify all the positions you have held in previous organizations and what were your responsibilities etc. Mention the name of the organization and the number of years you worked with them.

8. Briefing the Educational Background

Last but not the least, you are required to write about all your degrees and certifications in this part along with your academic credentials. Then an impressive resume will come up that will help you get the job right away.

Sample KSA:

Job Title: Admin Manager

Job Code: SC 12 AM

Applicant’s Name: Ronald J Smith

KSA: Knowledge of MS Office tools and Windows Operating Systems, other email software.

Performed these duties in my current job from 1/2/2013 till date:

Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other basic tools. Developed various PowerPoint presentations for the CEO to use at several meetings within the company. The presentations usually got excellent reviews and I was always chosen to create such presentations for all meetings.

Conducted mini-training sessions at the office for newer staff and those who were less proficient in MS Office. Also attended different skills development seminars and short term courses to stay updated with the tools.

I also consider myself efficient in web designing and web development tasks. I work as a freelancer for web designing in my off times. I know to use the payroll and attendance software.


Written By
John Fadric is a content writer at Knowledge Skills Abilities. He’ve been working as a recruiter for 5 years. His life motto is: “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”.

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