How to develop a business resume
A good business resume helps you snag an interview in no time. To stand out in today’s competitive job market, there’s nothing easy about crafting an effective resume. Today, I would like to share some tips about developing a business resume.
The One-page rule
Most of the time, a resume should be one page. Recruiters may scan hundreds of resumes in a few seconds. That means there is little chance they will flip over the next page of your resume’s second or third page.
There are several ways of ordering your resume. A chronological resume lists your work history in order of date, with the first position at the top. You can also list them in reverse-chronological order. Start with your most recent position. Be sure to list your title, dates worked, the name of the company, and its location. Another popular order is by theme, and you should categorize your present and past experience by different functions or industries.
Do not omit any useful information about your past education and experience. When listing the company you worked for, be sure to include the “Core 4” information: 1. company name; 2. position; 3. month/year of start and finish; 4. city, state. For education, include the name of your universities, major(s), and graduation date.
Apart from Office Word, there are so many free or paid online platforms that could help you check your resume’s spell. For example, Grammarly is the world’s leading grammar checking tool, and you can use the basic elements to check your spelling and grammar for free. However, it is unwise to rely only on grammar and spell-check tools to pick up resume mistakes. If necessary, you can have a professional or career services member to review with you.
It is always a good strategy to quantify your experience. When showing your capability and achievement, it is better to say “I surpassed my goal by 125% or I raise a $5000 for making a wish” than simply say “I raise a lot of funds.”
Ramp up your resume
We know that one-page is not enough to showcase all of your experience and ability. Therefore, you can simply put your LinkedIn profile link or personal/business website on top of the resume. Also, it is useful to write a headline for yourself that gives people a better idea of who you are and what you do.