1. Adapt your Resume to the Specific Opportunity
With every role and organisation, the responsibilities and the skills required varies, so avoid following a “one size fits all” policy. Adapting your resume slightly for every application may seem unnecessary, but the positive impact is definitely worth the extra effort. Critically analyze the role requirements and the skills employers are looking for and aim to highlight those in your resume. This could be putting your most relevant project in the very beginning, adapting your summary to the specific role.
2. Turn your Resume into Projects/ Transactions
Wherever applicable, every work history entry should have a general section followed by a description of your main projects. The general section should talk about your general responsibilities and your areas of focus (e..g, functions, industries). The following section should list a subset of your projects, selected and sorted based on relevance to your prospective employer.
Important: Avoid mentioning clients’ names whenever possible. Mentioning clients’ names can be interpreted as a lack of trustworthiness by prospective employers.
3. Clearly Demonstrate the Impact you had in Previous Roles
Merely describing the responsibilities of your previous work experience is not enough. To really impress the hiring manager who will be glancing at your Resume, it is essential that he can quickly comprehend how you were an asset to your previous firm. The extent of your impact can be reflected by quantifying your achievements, e.g., % cost saved, $M additional revenue, $M cost saving, etc.
Slashed costs by 20% (£2m) by analysis & improving current procurement processes and by re-negotiating suppliers’ contracts
4. Choose Carefully What Work Experience and Hobbies you Include
a. It’s not always worth including skills or experience you may have acquired from previous roles, if they’re not relevant relevant for the position or if you would not like to develop them further. This could be any technical product related skills that will not be used in the role you are applying for. Always consider, that each word on your Resume may be using space you could allocate to some other, more relevant skill.
b. Avoid referencing any hobbies or achievements you are not prepared to talk passionately about in the interview. Reluctance to talk on any subject mentioned on your Resume is a red flag for hiring managers and it will raise doubts about other elements of your resume.
5. Easy to Locate and Up-to-Date Contact Information
Make sure all your contact informations is visible and updated on the resume. Wrong or hard to find contact information can cause for the company to not contact you regardless of you being an ideal candidate. On this note, refrain from listing ‘references available upon request’ since this is obvious.
6. Follow Clear Naming Conventions
Ensure you haven’t saved the document with a sector in the title e.g. ‘consulting resume’ as this would imply you have other versions and may not be focused. It will also help the hiring manager easily save and access your document.
7. Explain Any Gaps in the Work History
Make sure there are no unexplainable gaps in your work history, for example ended a role in 2015 and started the next in 2017. In such case, ensure that there is a justified explanation for this on your resume.