Here’s What the Perfect Resume Looks Like

Resumes are essential to the job search, but let’s be honest: creating one is not exactly anyone’s idea of a good time. With so many conflicting pieces of advice, you might feel like you don’t know where to start or what to do. But don’t worry — this time, we’ve done the heavy lifting. We combed through some of our best resume advice and compiled it into one info graphic to give you an easy-to-follow outline for a resume that will wow recruiters and hopefully, land you the job of your dreams.

Ready for a resume revamp? Read on below!

1. Design Matters: Don’t go overboard with intricately decorated templates. Look for sufficient white space, margins of at least .7 inches, and a font size no smaller than 11 pt.

2. Be Reachable: Make it easy for recruiters to reach out to you by providing your contact info near the header.

3. Show Off Your Skills: Don’t make recruiters hunt for the most critical information on your resume — include a table of your key soft and hard skill sets up top. Make sure your highlighted skills show why you’re a good fit for the job — all the better if these are keywords from the job description.

4. List Your Experience: This section should include each company you’ve worked for, your title, the dates you worked there, and several bullet points that describe your key accomplishments and responsibilities.

5. Quantify Your Experience:  Whenever you can, use concrete data points — it helps provide recruiters with the scope and context of your work, and demonstrates how you contributed to the bottom line.

6. Include Other Positions: Don’t be afraid to include positions that aren’t directly related to the one you’re applying for, especially if you have limited work experience. You can still use it to demonstrate the skills and qualities you want highlighted.

7. Get the Grade: Many jobs require degrees or certifications, so make sure to list yours. GPA is optional, but may be worth including if you’ve graduated recently with high marks.

8. The Extra Stuff: Add some color to your resume with a short catch-all ‘Additional Experience’ section at the end. Include clubs/organizations, volunteer experience, awards you’ve won, and even interesting hobbies or activities.

9. Keep It Concise: Limit your resume to 1-2 pages at the most.


How To Build Strong Base For Job Promotion?

How To Build Strong Base For Job Promotion?

Balance the ladder

When you climb up a ladder, you not only need to balance your feet but also the ladder. Similarly to get promoted you need to learn not only how to manage the team reporting to you but also how to manage upwards. Like you have established a strong working and inter-personal chemistry with your team, have you done the same with your boss and other managers? Invest time and figure out what are their KPIs and work styles and how can you help them achieve their individual goals. Like you expect complete loyalty from your team, give unstinted support to the ladder above you. Only then does the entire ladder balance well enabling you to climb up quickly.

Say No

The only limited resource in your career is your time. Almost all other resources required for success have immense flexibility and can be obtained with some effort. The best time management skill is the ability to say “No”. Say “No” to demands on your time that do not add value to your immediate and long term goals. Refuse tasks where there are no specific measurable outcomes. Turn down opportunities and meetings that will occupy your time without advancing you towards your defined goals.

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