Creating your resume is the first step towards getting that well deserved promotion, or landing the perfect job, and it require some special technique like you would need when doing business writing. Career sites often have very handy templates that are designed to help you along when attempting to create your perfect resume.

You may have scoured the net by typing in relevant keywords or phrases that are related to your particular job experience. It is not uncommon to find a work experience related online form that prompts you to complete the required information on a job board site. But is this enough to land you the perfect job?

There are a couple of things that should be foremost in your mind when attempting to create your resume. If you simply rely on the online forms provided by some career sites or other job boards, then you might end up losing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

After all, your resume serves as your first impression when being viewed by the hiring manager in the Human Resources department. It could either make you stand out from the other applicants or, fail to create a favorable impression altogether and land in the garbage bin. You need to remember that any hiring manager work against time, and would only spend around 40 to 50 seconds in scanning your resume. Having some eye catching information written may very well land you on their short list.

Key Points to Remember When Creating Your Resume

One of the first steps when creating your resume should be to mention your job objective within the first 2 to 3 lines of your resume.

You are promoting your strong points which is why you should focus on highlighting your achievements from previous jobs that are relevant to the position you are applying for now.

Ensure that your resume is easy on the eye. This can be accomplished by making use of easy to understand words and phrases. In addition, the resume should be no longer than 2 pages.

It would be best to make use of bullet points where possible and it will make it easy for the hiring manager to scan your resume. Bulleting enables your hiring person to read grasp important information about you within only 20 seconds. They will be impressed!

Make use of a suitable font such as Roman Times or Arial with a font size of 11 or 12 as it will make for an easy read.

Your resume’s title should match the wording of the position you applied for as using the correct keywords are of paramount importance when posting your resume on various career sites. Hiring managers would make use of Digital Databases that would search for the relevant keywords, matching what they are looking for.

Importantly, you should clarify why you think that you are the best person for the job. Provide proof where needed that you have the skills and experience to get the job done. This could take the form of organizational skills, leadership skills, creativity, project manager skills, and more...

Refrain from including unnecessary or irrelevant information in your resume. Take care to provide suitable references, and most of all mention your accomplishments.

Be very specific about why you are a good fit for the advertised position, how the company would profit by hiring you, the dates you joined and left your previous jobs, achievements and accomplishments that would strengthen your application.

Author's Bio: 

Julia Pilot Support and Sales manager specializing in job board script.