All job seekers who are out on a job search really need to understand the importance of a good resume. Without that the time and effort that is spent looking for a job is basically going to be all done in vain. So in order to give yourself a fighting chance here are some tips that should be of use to you when you are trying to compile that resume.
The first thing to consider when you are setting up your resume is to make sure that you always use headings that are going to actually match the job or jobs that you are interested in. You need to understand when you are formulating your resume that employers receive hundreds of different resumes and you need to make sure that your resume will catch the eye of the employer within probably the first five seconds that they look at it.
Second, you should consider a resume design that is going to grab the attention of the person looking at it. It's important to note that an employer will often make quick judgments when they take a glance at the resume of someone. If they happen to see things like titles and skills that don't even relate to the job opening they are going to unfortunately assume that you simply are not qualified for the position. Plus, employers simply don't have time to read things that have nothing to do with the job in question. So make sure that your resume design highlights all of the important items about you, your skills and experience that only pertains to the job you are applying for.
You need to have a resume content that is going to sell, no different than if a person is trying to sell a product or service to someone. It really needs to be attention grabbing and eloquently states who you are and what you truly have to offer. You can't expect the employer to wait to find out who you are and what you have to offer until there is an interview, because there may not be an interview if the resume does not have something that catches the eye of the employer immediately.
Make sure to use powerful words in your resume. Include numbers in the description of your achievements as well as the responsibilities you had, numbers are powerful and help to better your overall image. Use words that vividly describe the duties you performed while on the job instead of just generalizing. The more specific you can be the better it will be for you. Also make sure that the power words you use go a long with the job title you are applying for.
Make sure to look very closely at the employment ad for the job and get a lot of your power and keywords from the ad itself. A lot of times the employers ad and it's job description will give you a lot of valuable information that you can use to help better your resume for this particular job.
You need to make sure that when you are compiling the resume that you remember what the level of the job is and what salary you might want for yourself. Create yourself an image that shows that your skills are at the level that the job demands. If you present yourself incorrectly you may not get the salary that you are worth.
Remember, you will not be able to use the same resume for all the places that you might be applying so you will need to continually be rewriting your original for each job that you apply for. The reason for this is that each employer is different, each job is different and the needs will also tend to be ever so different at each company that you run across.