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How To Craft A Winning Resume | How To Stand Out In 2021

Updated: May 9, 2021

It is more important than ever for job seekers to use their resumes as a way to set themselves apart from the competition. Here are some tips on how to write a successful resume.

The main purpose of any resume is to land the interview. A successful resume gets a candidate past the employer's screening process and places the job seeker in front of a company hiring manager for an entry level interview.

Interviews are granted for just one out of every 100 to 200 resumes received by most employers. And despite all the effort put into crafting a good resume, hiring managers or screeners typically scan resumes for as few as 10 to 20 seconds—which doesn't leave much time to make your mark.

There are many different types of good resume templates both online and in word processing programs, but crafting a solid resume can be boiled down to two main sections.

A resume demonstrates all your professional history as it relates to an open position. A well-formatted and visually appealing resume can not only highlight your best professional abilities but also show your attention to detail. Here are some other purposes for a professional resume:

  • It states the objective of your career and job search.

  • It outlines your training, skills, education and relevant experience.

  • It illustrates the accomplishments you have made with previous employers.

  • It demonstrates with clarity, the benefits you bring to the job.

There are different types of resumes that are appropriate for specific jobs. It is important to design your professional resume to target a specific job, which means you may have multiple resumes.

How to write a professional resume

You can follow these steps to ensure that you have a professional and polished resume:

  1. Choose the right type.

  2. Include the right sections.

  3. Make it easy to read.

  4. Use the right fonts.

  5. Keep the focus.

  6. Be concise.