USING THE KISS PRINCIPLE TO MAKE RESUME OUTSTANDING
Remember yesterday when I asked you for suggestions on how to write a C.V? Well I got some tips for you today. It can be summarized in just four letter words, KISS (Keep It Short and Simple or Keep It Simple And Straightforward). This is like the best approach when it comes to writing a C.V. So here are certain things that can help you maintain the KISS pattern.
BE DESCRIPTIVE BUT CONCISE:
You don’t need to over emphasize on information including industries you are familiar with and your key areas of expertise, a few sections can easily describe your competitive edge. The important sections to include on your resume are Qualifications Summary, Education, Skills, and Experience. A few key bullet points using action verbs to describe the work you did and want to continue to do in the future will help your most important contributions to your career roles. If you are transitioning into a new career, be sure to identify your transferable skills from past experience.
MAKE USE OF PROFESSIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION:
Be sure to use a personal email with a professional feel rather than you work email. Make sure that the phone number you are making use of is an accessible one. Any other information you want to give them should also be professional.
SHOW EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE:
Always include examples of your work whenever possible; for example, if you've got something good you have done in the past like involving yourself in one or two social clubs. Include a link on your resume, or maintain your LinkedIn profile to build credibility in your area of technical expertise. By backing up your experience with viewable samples rather than just saying that you have a skill, you’re going the extra mile.
DON’T OVER DESIGN:
Don’t use multiple colours for your text or section headings. These can be hard to pick up when a resume is scanned into the System, or they may not show up when you resume is printed.
ASK FOR OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINION:
When you think you've finalized your draft, ask a trusted friend or colleague to proofread your resume. Or go to the next level and get assistance from a skilled career counsellor who can help you to choose the best way to identify your skills and how to verbalize them during the job search process. Either way, making sure your job search documents are properly proofed will ensure you’re making a great first impression.