Before applying for any job, always make sure you're a qualified candidate. 

While doing your research, find out what it is the company is looking for and have a competitive resume to submit.  


Tip#1 : Focus Your Resume to the Job function or Industry You are Applying For


Rule #1 of resume writing is to always make sure that you're catering your resume to the job or job industry you are applying for.

For example, if you're a teacher applying for a new teaching role at a new school,  you want to make sure that your resume is geared towards that new role.  The worst thing you can do as an applicant is submit a resume that doesn't meet industry standards.


Different industries look for different types of information. For example, an architectural company looking for managers, seeks applicants with managerial experience in the architecture industry, while a food-chain company looking for cooks, seeks workers with cooking experience in the food-chain industry.

To make it a little bit easier on yourself, do your research and make sure that your resume fits the criteria for the role you're applying for. Put yourself in the hiring manager's shoes and think about the qualifications, certificates and skills you would be looking for if the roles were reversed.

Order and structure matter, so make sure that you're resume has the appropriate structure and flow to it. 


Tip #2: Have All Important Information Listed


The last thing you want to do as an applicant is supply a resume with missing information. Recruiters want to see your education, qualifications and work history, as well as any other relevant information for the job ( i.e. certificates, coursework and/or supplementary trainings/education).

This tip ties into the first tip on doing your research, so make sure that you have included all necessary and essential information on your resume, showing that you are the best candidate for the job.

When listing work experiences, make sure your details are informative - yet straight to the point. Employers want a simple and straight to the point explanation of what you've created, managed, and/or done in previous job positions. 

List important key words on your resume like, "created, managed, delegated, instructed, and/or designed." Employers don't just want employees who will simply perform the duties and tasks of a job, they want employees who will offer creativity, supply new ideas and generate new solutions to problems. 

You also want to list important projects or team work assignments you've worked  on in previous positions, and record your results. Employers want to see what resulted from what you did and see the value of your efforts. 


Tip #3: Aim for a One-Pager


In listing all of the important information relevant for the job title you're seeking, page-length requirements will exist. The standard page length requirement for a resume is usually set to one page. It can be very hard to keep your resume down to one page, but not all job positions have page-length limitations, (especially those in higher categories of management and research/design jobs), however, the typical rule of thumb for resume writing is to keep your resume at one page. 


If you find it hard to achieve this, review your resume and find out ways in which you can shorten it without cutting out valuable information. (Edit page-width settings to fit as much information on one page as possible.) 


Tip #4: Review, Revisit & Rewrite


You always want to review, revisit and rewrite your resume. A resume is an extremely important document in the application process, so you want to make sure that what you're submitting has gone through the proper revision stages. 

After you've reviewed and revised your own writing, have a friend or colleague review and revise your writing as well. Aim to get as many trusted individuals to review your resume as possible to ensure that there are no mistakes or errors present.


Tip #5: Submit with Confidence


Once you have taken the proper time to review, revise and edit your resume, it is now time for you to submit your resume with confidence!  

A resume is simply a written document and synopsis of one's efforts and work experience. If your resume is accepted and you receive a call back, you must then prove that what you submitted was indeed representative of who you are as a candidate. 

Never falsify or lie on a resume. You will be judged more harshly if what you submitted on your resume is later proven to be false or untrue. You always want to make sure that the information you are submitting is accurate, honest and true. 


A resume is an important document, so do your research, take your time, and have your resume reviewed by valued professionals before you submit it.





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Published by Crystal Ngumezi