Writing a resume that impresses staffing agencies and hiring managers relies on incorporating essential elements in a way that does not bore them. You need to set yourself apart from other candidates vying for the same finance jobs. You have just a few seconds to appeal to a company. Make your first impression a good one. As you craft that perfect resume, pay attention to these four areas in particular.
1. Contact Information
You already know that you need to provide your resume reader with information to get in touch with you. Still, plenty of candidates for a position fail to provide the right contact information in the right location. For instance, some recruiters find that applicants include only an email address, and it is buried with the rest of the information. So, where should you put this information?
The essential contact information you must incorporate into your resume include your full name, phone number, and email address. If relevant, you should also include the URL to your professional website as well as a link to your LinkedIn profile.
Placement of this contact information is best for the right hand side of the page, just at the top corner.
One element of contact information to leave in the past? Your home address. It just isn’t necessary for most positions, especially when resumes are filled out online and materials are emailed rather than sent via snail mail.
One final tip: Keep it simple. You don’t need to include multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and websites. Just include one piece of each type of information to make it easy for a recruiter to get in touch with you.
2. Your Story
You certainly don’t need to include a life story in your resume, but you should realize that a chronological timeline of one’s experiences and education do tell a story. Every other person turning in a resume is unveiling a story, but will they be as interesting as yours?
Making your chronology more interesting than others is easy when you incorporate dynamic words. Use words like “delegated” and “taught” rather than dull ones like “did” and “said.”
Ultimately, you need to create an employment history that is intriguing and leaves your hiring manager wanting to know more about your experiences.
What evidence of your accomplishments do you have? If you created a lovely website for your last company, or you are a writer with a broad portfolio, ensure to include a link to the proof.
It is also important that you are as specific as possible. If you say that one of your best skills is communication, ensure that you give evidence in the form of at least one specific issue you resolved with great communication. If you won an award for your work, you need to demonstrate the project for which you earned it.
4. Job Description Keywords
Transferable skills are essential to include in your resume. Keywords you found in the job description itself are very useful. For instance, you may come across a job description looking for somebody to “develop financial review templates.” The key is to use the phrase “financial review templates” in your resume, showing that you can fulfill this duty.
Obviously, you do not want to copy the job description word for word. If the job description asks that you monitor market trends, incorporate the fact that you are up to date with them creatively. For instance, you might say something like, “Used up-to-date knowledge of market trends to complete projects.”
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