Making your own resume for a job application may not seem to be tough job. However if you are planning for a definite category of job then you need to follow a definite format and some guidelines.
You need to proceed in an organized manner and must discard the practice of writing details randomly. A perfect resume is that which attracts the employer to go through it and guarantee you an interview call. Remember to use spaces between the various contents of your resume. An untidy resume doesn’t, It create a good impression. To begin you must submit the necessary information about yourself like your name and address, contact details, blood group and others. Then you can proceed with your academic qualifications and job experiences. However you can also start with your name, education, professional experiences at the beginning and then carry on with your personal details. This shows you are giving 1st priority to your academic and professional field and then your personal details. It also helps the employer to quickly go through your resume. You can use a different font while configuring your professional experience. Try to make this field marked in bold letters. Just signify your designation and years or experience in the field. Use of a perfect page layout and design is preferable. Avoid making your resume from being too lengthy as no one will have the time to go through it. Try to complete in one or two pages. Always give a properly printed resume.
As a former sales manager in the pharmaceutical industry, I received my fair share of job applications from individuals who wanted careers with my company. Normally, people would send in their resumes along with a cover letter. I found it quite interesting to see that in the vast majority of cases, people seemed to put the bulk of their efforts in their resumes with minimal effort in their cover letters.
It seemed to me that most cover letters were considered as just a formality in addition to the resumes. Apart from the usual contact information and the title of the job position being applied for, there was usually nothing much more written in cover letters except for the ‘see my resume attached’ line. This casual approach to cover letters is wrong.
Especially in the case where specific job openings are very much in demand that attracts hundreds and perhaps even thousands of job applicants, the hiring parties such as managers, recruiters and human resource staff need ways to weed out the unqualified candidates. There would be just too many resumes to read.
Rather than just writing that you are a hard worker, organized, outgoing, etc., like many other applicants will likely do in a cover letter, address specific job qualifications that are stated in the job posting ad and give some backup to support your claim. If a job posting states that candidates should have points A, B and C, then you should also make sure that your cover letter addresses points A, B as well as C.
Many people reviewing cover letters will look for such points in order to determine whether they will even bother to look at your resume at all. You want to use your cover letter as a teaser so that reviewers will want to look at your resume. One way to cut down the number of applicants to a manageable number is by just looking at cover letters. If the grammar and content on a cover letter is poor, a bad impression will already be in the reviewer’s mind. If I can’t determine from a cover letter that you have all the qualifications mentioned in the stated job requirements and I have a huge pile of resumes in front of me, then there is a high chance that I won’t read your resume.
So my advice is to spend some time writing out your cover letter and make sure that it covers all the points stated on the job posting. Use the cover letter as a tool to entice me to review your resume.