The first time I wrote my resume, things appeared simple and obvious to me. My friend's feedback pointed out the areas that were unreadable and unfathomable for the employer! I am quoting from his feedback and writing about how I planned to incorporate the suggestions in my resume.
Point 1: "A resume is quite simply an 'advertisement' to sell yourself to an employer. So it should make you attractive, interesting, and worth considering to the company and land you a job interview. You are a smart and intelligent woman, but sadly, your resume does not tell me that. There is no harm in self-promotion."
Action 1: I realize that employers do not want to see resumes in the same, standard format. So I will make sure that my resume stands out as my own personal one, written in a way that will bring out my unique and strong set of skills. So, my resume will contain answers to the following questions:
- What kind of job am I seeking?
- How does my training and experience relate to the job I am seeking?
- Which companies or firms offer my kind of job?
- What is my U.S.P. (Unique Selling Point) that makes me the right fit for the job?
- Which details from my asset list should I include in my resume?
Point 2: "The manager in the employer’s office has to read hundreds of resume and sort them into 'possible' and 'waste bins.' Using lots of different font types, sizes, and color makes it difficult to read and looks like the design of a magazine cover."
Action 2: I reread my resume and realized my mistake. I will make my resume well laid-out, use proper margins and a uniform font throughout. I will also use bullets to start subsections, thereby avoiding crowding. I will ensure that it is between 1 and 1.5 pages long. It will contain information about my education, work experience, interests and skills in a concise manner. I will give the names of two references and their phone numbers also.
Point 3: "You have written that you love to volunteer. But that means nothing to your prospective employer until and unless you are specific. Resumes describe your history and your dreams. So questions like where, when, what, how, and why should be answered."
Action 3: Yes, the information appears vague and hence does not add weight to my application. I have details of all the volunteering work that I have done. I will add them to my resume.
To summarize, I realized from my friend's feedback that a resume should be visually enticing with a simple, clean, symmetrical, balanced, and easily readable structure.