3 tricks to create a more comprehensive resume

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Jun 29

If you are looking for a new job, then it’s vital you take the time to create a comprehensive resume so you can enhance your odds of being hired. Many people often overlook this critical step when seeking employment, and often find it difficult to land a job as a result. Individuals who rush their resumes often include old and outdated information, and don’t take the time to organize details properly. The following tips will give you some insight on how to get the most out of your resume so you can get hired at your dream job.

Organization

Organizing your information is a great first step when your goal is to create a comprehensive resume. Many people simply download and use templates from the internet, but it’s important you place the most relevant information at the top of the page. Put your past work experience near the top and list your education or any health information management schools or colleges you attended in order of the dates.

For example, if you just finished college, you don’t want your job experience to be the first thing listed. Your potential employer won’t likely care about the part time job you held while going to school. Instead, place your education, degree, and any relevant certifications at the top, which showcase your best qualities and what you’ve been working on most recently.

Highlight Strengths

When looking to hire new staff members, most human resource or HR, representatives spend an average of seven seconds looking at each resume before they make a decision. Therefore, rather than having a giant wall of text, break your resume up and highlight important skills, abilities, and qualifications by placing them in bullet points or using them as subheadings.

Next, you want to elaborate a little on each of your strong points. When done properly, anyone reading your resume will quickly notice your strengths which will help you stand out from others trying to get hired for the same position.

Concise

Your resume must be concise. Although many people choose to include an objective or mission statement, you should omit it unless relevant to the needs of your potential employer. No matter how interesting to you, including information that is not pertinent to the company for which you intend to work only serves to downplay your strengths and to dilute your message.

Final Thoughts

Landing a job is important for your future, so you should spend enough time refining your resume to make it sharp and relevant. You don’t want it to be tossed out before an HR representative even takes the time to read through it. But when you create an organized and concise resume, you will stand out from the crowd and optimize your odds of success.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.