There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out what to put on your resume and make it all look cohesive and impressive. We’ve all been there before: Just staring at your computer screen wondering how to make it better. As you’re writing, updating, or just tweaking – keep these 3 phrases at the front of your mind.
Keep it Simple
I know what you’re thinking; “Aren’t I supposed to stand out from the others? How is making it simple helping me?” Here’s how: By keeping your resume simple you get straight to the point. There isn’t a whole bunch of fluff that a recruiter or hiring manager has to go through to get to the main points of your work experience and other parts of the resume.
When you keep your resume simple, you’ll be able to stand out with all of the things you have accomplished, and you won’t make the hiring manager regret looking at your resume. It’ll also help you keep your resume consistent, which is something every hiring manager looks for.
Keep it Honest
This one seems so easy, but it so often gets broken. Don’t say you’re bilingual if you can only speak a few sentences in a different language, and certainly don’t say you’re an expert in anything you would need help with. It’s so much better to be honest on your resume than trying to stretch the truth.
When you keep your resume honest, not only will you be able to have a strong conversation about your skills in an interview, but once you get hired you’ll be in the exact place your resume depicts you’d be able to succeed in.
Keep it Real
Keep it you. You’re a brand and it is vital that you stay on brand with yourself. If you’re a positive person, make sure you highlight that! Don’t use words you wouldn’t use in regular conversation. As difficult as it may be, you want to make sure that your real personality is coming across on your resume, because after all that is who a company will be hiring.
These three easy tips will not only help you build a resume, but they will also help you keep it consistent and make you stand out from the pile of resumes on a hiring manager’s desk.