May 30, 2016

Author: Jay Crawford

Red Quill Pen and Bottle of Ink on a Blue Background

There is no one way to best create a resume. Everyone is different and most positions you’ll apply for have varied requirements. In my experience the most effective resumes are ones that emphasize your experience, skills and accomplishments as they specifically relate to the job description.

A succinct resume or CV is quickly accessible to both recruiters and executives with whom you hope to interview. Place your name, address and contact information, to include your mobile number and email address, at the top of the first page. That way potential employers can identify how to reach you without having to wade through details.

Why a complete address? Many employers today prefer local candidates for any number of reasons. Perhaps they don’t have relocation costs approved for the position, or they are looking to capitalize on local knowledge if they are new to the area. You want them to be able to quickly identify where you currently are.

As a recruiter, I prefer a summary or overview of your experience in three or four sentences at the top of the first page. It should describe exactly why you are a good match for the career opportunity you are applying for. Many people choose to place their objectives first. If you consider this from the perspective of a potential employer, you are placing emphasis on what you want from the employer vs. what a great benefit hiring you will be for them.

A section with skills or areas of expertise that align with the employer’s position requirements and job responsibilities is key. It enables someone viewing the resume to quickly see how good a fit you are for the position. You want a recruiter or a potential employer to keep reading through your entire resume or CV, so include information that keeps them interested. In the employment history section, keep in mind that the reader is not expecting to see the job descriptions from each of the positions you have held. Rather, you can highlight major accomplishments in each position that are in line with the competencies and abilities of the job you are applying for.

Many employers require degrees and prefer certain certifications. Your resume or CV should list the college or university you attended, type of degree achieved and year graduated. Do note if you are in the process of achieving an advanced degree, and list relevant certifications.

Your final step before submitting your documents should be to go back to the beginning. Reread the job description and then review your resume. Does it correlate to what the employer is seeking?

Put yourself in the hiring company’s shoes and determine if your resume or CV describes the most fully qualified candidate they’re going to want to speak with.