8 ways to personalize your resume

8 ways to personalize your resume

Job-hunting is a funny business. The first glimpse employers have of you is a one-to-three-page document. That’s why resumes are often the make or break part of your job search strategy. They’re the first thing employers see of your characteristics.

We all want to showcase our best qualities on our resume but it takes a lot of hair-pulling to get it right.

Try to captivate employers with an interesting value proposition about yourself, your top skills and professional work experience. You can include your target opportunity as well as major achievements as well as your top professional skills. Innate talents are also recommended.

To further capture the essence of your personality with your resume, consider the following tips:

  • Revise the layout and style of your resume – Use bullet forms, bolding, italics and even text boxes to make your resume visually appealing. I suggest choosing among three basic resume styles: chronological, which simply lists your work experience in order, functional, which emphasizes your abilities and functions more, and a hybrid combination of the two.
  • Review the order of your resume’s content – Your resume is a story – your story. As such, you want to begin with your most recent experiences and any significant contributions to recent employers. Make sure employers don’t have to go back three pages to see your most recent or most significant activity.
  • Use a thesaurus and dictionary to increase your vocabulary – Try not to be repetitive. Use a variety of verbs and adjectives when describing your goals and experiences. It’ll spice up your resume with more personality. It would also help to use action verbs. Make your resume come alive with words like “performed,” “led,” “established,” or generated” to describe specific achievements in your career.
  • Embellish some information, but never lie – One of the biggest resume mistakes seen by recruiters and HR professionals is that job-seekers often undersell their skills and achievements. Highlight your experiences creatively, and don’t be afraid to self-promote and embellish them a little bit.
  • Add your certifications and awards to your education – Instead of merely listing your degrees, include any certificates or licenses you’ve gotten as well. This way, you have more credentials to showcase. Also, put in any volunteer groups you’ve been a part of.
  • Link your blog to your resume and portfolio – The web is a great way to further market yourself. So, include a hyperlink to your blog, showcasing your writing skills and knowledge about issues relevant to your industry.
  • Attach your LinkedIn public profile – We recommend you put it in the header of your resume, underneath your email address. It will make it much easier for hiring managers to get you on their radar.
  • Include your personal talents and skills – If you have any extracurricular talents like drawing, piano or martial arts, don’t be afraid to put them in your resume to expand on your skills. But, use judgment on whether they relate to the job for which you’re applying.

While writing your resume, keep in mind that the key is simplicity. Hiring managers don’t want your whole life story. They merely want a glimpse of you. Try to give them that in a powerful and meaningful way. Resumes are marketing tools, with the product you’re trying to sell being your credentials, work ethic and track record of success.

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