To prepare for job hunting, you can follow all sorts of plans and strategies, but they will remain useless unless you find a way to stand out and make the difference.
For remote jobs, your chance to stand out is to have an amazing resume.
There are many templates on the internet that you can download for free, and it might seem within everyone’s reach to make a good resume, but details make all the difference.
Are you curious about how to bring your resume to a higher level? Keep reading to find out.
- Easy to read, but eye-catching
When applying for a job, you need to know that you are competing with hundreds of other candidates, so you need to be distinctive and catch the hiring manager’s attention from the very first interaction, which is through your resume.
This means that you need a clean resume, yet with an eye-catching design.
The first thing you need to consider is to organize your information to make it easier to read for the hiring manager.
The best way to organize and bring out the different elements of your resume is through headings and bullet points.
We recommend sticking to a one-page resume unless, of course, you have a long list of achievements and professional experiences.
But considering that a hiring manager has tons of resumes to check, you need to get straight to the point and only show the elements that you judge are essential and required for this one and particular job.
- Bring out your greatest achievements
You probably know this, but we’re here to remind you; some hiring managers only have a quick glance at resumes before deciding whether the person is convenient for the job or not.
A good resume is all about impressing the hiring manager. This is why you need to bring out your most significant achievements and put them on top to capture his interest.
You can consider it as a sales strategy. Just like stores put their best products in front to lure you into buying them, you should do the same and lure them into hiring you.
- Opt for a bullet-pointed list
That said, you don’t need to have a detailed essay of every single achievement and competency of yours. Opt for a bullet-pointed list, as it is the best idea to communicate these elements in the most straightforward manner.
Be careful not to fall in the trap of mentioning every little thing. Of course, you should be proud of your achievements no matter how small they are, as they are part of what you are today, but hiring managers don’t really care about that. They only need to know about the most relevant qualifications you have that are ideal for the job you are applying for.
- Experience before Education
Even though your education matter, the hiring managers usually skip it, as they are more interested to see your experience in the professional field.
This is why it is always better to put your work experience before education.
Of course, this tip does not apply if you just graduated and don’t have significant work experience. In this case, you can totally choose to put your education on top, and hiring managers will definitely take that into consideration.
- Link up your portfolio or website
Whether it is a virtual portfolio or a professional website, you should consider linking them up, as they became very trendy nowadays and would certainly make a plus on your resume.
If the work you are applying for consists of creating virtual content (writer, designer, or even a programmer), having a virtual portfolio is rather necessary than optional to show the hiring manager a sample of your work and convince him to hire you.
- Include some personal details
Your name, personal address, phone number, e-mail, etc., are, of course, personal details you necessarily need to include to identify yourself.
But we insist on including other stuff that reflects your personality and interests since your future employers will want to get to know you closely.
You can include this by adding a section of your personal interests and hobbies at the bottom of your resume, and again, a bullet-pointed list will do the work.
But this all depends on the nature of the company, since some of the hiring managers might not even value this section. Maybe quick research about the history of the company and their way of handling things will help you figure it out.
- Be careful of typos
Before sending your resume, make sure to proofread it and check carefully for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Sometimes, some very obvious mistakes are left unnoticed, which is why you need a new pair of eyes examining it, or you can use one of the many apps that highlight the typos and help you correct them.
- Customize your resume
So far, you are doing good. Your resume has all of the essential elements, and they are all organized amazingly. But it would be best if you still went the extra mile to make it even better.
Customizing your resume is an extra step to show your hiring manager how much you really want this job. Avoid sending the same resume and apply some little changes to make a huge difference. After all, we all heard of the saying, “little things make big things happen.”
This can include naming the job title or the company’s name in your resume, taking into consideration the qualifications that matter for them the most, putting them on top, etc.
Creating a resume has never been easier with all the templates and examples that you only need to download and fill. But hiring managers are also conscious of that and appreciate a solid effort when they see it.
These tips will help you have a remarkable resume and boost your chances of getting hired.
You are now ready to start applying. Good luck!