Summary: One of the best tips on writing a resume is to plan it thoroughly. Make some notes on the key points of the job description so you can target your skills directly to the employer’s needs.
This requires you to examine the needs of the job and prospective employer and to decide how you will present your skills to match them. After this research you’ll be much better able to write an outline of a resume that will impress the recruiter.
Drafting your outline
This first stage is the time to make notes. Examine the job advertisement or description very carefully and make sure you extract all the clues about what the work requires. You don’t even have to think about your own skills yet — just imagine what an ideal candidate for this post would be like.
The next stage in preparing to write your resume is to put down details about your education and professional training, work history and experience:
- What unique characteristics do you possess?
- Do you have any special talents?
- How does your attitude to your work fit you for this position?
- Have key events in your life made you particularly apt for this role?
There’s a clear advantage to making your resume outline in this way: you’re putting the needs of the job first, and then thinking about how well you can meet them.
Why is this so important? Well, the key question in the mind of any employer scanning resumes is going to be ‘What can this person bring to job that will help me and my company?’ The candidates who win interviews will likely be those who answer that question most persuasively.
So one of the best ways to wow your targeted employer is to make sure you understand the needs, problems and concerns of the company — and to SHOW that understanding powerfully in your resume.