When applying for a job, ensuring your job application stands out from the competition is more important than ever. Your resume is the key piece of your job application that should grab a recruiter’s attention and help you position yourself as a well-rounded candidate.

We’ve asked Shorena Kutateladze, Selection and Recruitment Supervisor at Majorel what are the most important things to keep in mind when writing a professional resume. Whether you’re having a long working experience or just kicking off your career, check out 5 key tips on how to create a consistent resume that will help you stand out in a competitive job market.

  1. Surf the internet for references 

Before you start writing, make sure you browse the internet and explore the references you find relevant and meaningful. Going over different examples will help you determine which layout and format you would like to have for your resume.

  1. Use templates

Digital era has brought numerous opportunities for jobseekers – make sure you use them to the fullest! There are all kinds of resume templates available on the internet. Using templates will simplify the process and save a great deal of your time and energy. Playing with templates, you can create your own personal design and concept that will make you stand out from the ordinary.

  1. Choose the right format

There are three common resume formats – chronological, functional, and hybrid. Based on your skills, experience and accomplishments, make sure you choose the format that fits best to you.  Nowadays, chronological resumes that put your professional activities and experience in a timeline are the most common. Make sure to always start with the most recent experience you have acquired. The second, functional resumes highlight your skill set and experience. The third one – hybrid combines these two formats into one and all together presents your professional timeline, knowledge, and abilities.

  1. Indicate contact information

Recruiters should always get in touch with you easily if needed. For this purpose, make sure your resume includes your contact information, be it a phone number, email address, social media accounts or all together. Usually, linking social media channels like LinkedIn is a great tool for recruiters to find out more about your personality, lifestyle, and hobbies.

  1. Tailor resume to each job description

Recruiters always consider those candidates whose skills and experience meet the company’s expectations for a specific job opening. Therefore, your goal is to tailor your experience to what’s stated in the job description. Make sure you go through your resume and adjust it each time before applying to a job.

Remember, effective and professional resume is the first step toward your dream job, but recruiting process is much more than that. Here are some useful tips on your next steps in the recruiting process.

Good luck!

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