Impressive Resume

More than 80% resume get rejected at the time of screening as they aren’t professional & polished. According to our survey, an employer looks at your resume for a few seconds while screening [approximately 11 seconds]. This means you get only 11 seconds to impress the employer & get selected for an interview. So, writing an impressive resume makes a lot of sense.

In this article, you re going to learn about different types of resume. You will also about 11 tips to make an impressive resume & 15 mistakes to avoid on a resume.

Type of Resume

Every job aspirant requires a different type of resume based on their skills, work experience & type of job role. There are two basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings are further divided into four different types. Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for your situation will lead you to make an impressive resume.

The image below shows different types of resume.

Types of Resume

Basically, there are two types of resume.

1. Traditional Resume

More than 80% of working professional use these type of resume. Traditional resume includes all your information in text with no graphics or images. If you are not applying for a job which will include visualization of data or designing of graphics than you must prefer this type of resume.

Traditional Resume
Source: Rapid Writer

2. Non – Traditional Resume

Nontraditional resume includes photos, graphics, images, graphs and other visuals. These resumes are ideal for people in creative fields, who want to demonstrate their ability to create visually engaging designs or to create web pages. If your profession is graphics designing, web designing or journalism then you should opt for these type of resume.

Non Traditional Resume
Source: Template.net

These resumes are further classified into four more types.

Chronological Resume

If you have a good & solid work history then this type of resume will suit you the most. It starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. All your skills & accomplishments are mentioned below. 

Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it’s easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. If you are just starting your career, or if you are changing career fields, you might consider a different resume type.

Functional Resume

Functional resumes are for those who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history or who are starting their career. This type of resume focuses on your skills and accomplishments, rather than on your work history. 

They also include a resume summary or headline at the top, which details a person’s skills and achievements. Freshers should always opt for a functional resume.

Combination Resume

This type of resume is a combination chronological and a functional resume. At the top of the resume is a list of one’s skills and qualifications. Below this is one’s chronological work history. With this type of resume, you can do both the things. 

You can highlight your skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for. And also you can let them know that you are familiar with the corporate world by telling about your work experience. 

Targeted Resume

Every job requires different skills & experience. So, applying for different jobs with the same resume doesn’t make any sense. A targeted resume is used to highlight the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. 

Of course, it takes much harder work & time to make a new resume for every job but it’s worth. An employer can easily see when you submit a generic resume, rather than thinking about why you are qualified for that specific job.

11 Tips to make an Impressive Resume

The first step towards getting a job is an interview. However, with an impressive well-written resume, this first step seems like a cake walk. In fact, an impressive resume is one of the important ways of increasing your chances of getting a job.

Below are the 11 impressive resume making tips.

  1. Using resume keywords
  2. Use a resume template
  3. Mention your skills & achievements
  4. Make a Custom Resume
  5. Mention about your Engineering Project &  Internship
  6. Error check & Proofread
  7. Include all your contact info
  8. Organize your content 
  9. Get resume writing advice
  10. Impressive resume objective or summary
  11. Avoiding mistakes

1. Using resume keywords

Nowadays, companies are preferring software to screen the resume. They just feed the keywords to the software in order to find the best-suited resume. This creates the necessity of using keywords that directly target the job you are applying for in your resume. 

This not only helps you to get your resume selected but also help the hiring manager see how your skills and experiences make you an ideal candidate for the specific job.

Keywords are most often nouns, e.g. SEO, Python, Catia, Matlab, Revit etc. To use keywords most effectively, be specific, use as many as possible, and sprinkle them throughout your resume.

2. Use a resume template 

Why make your work difficult, if there is an easier way to do it. You should always use a resume template in order to create your resume. Add your information to the resume template, then tweak and edit it to personalize your resume so that it highlights your skills and abilities. There are many websites which offer attractive resume templates w.r.t. different types of resume.

The best website for Resume template is Nova Resume. 

3. Mention Skills and Achievements

If you don’t have any work experience or you are planning to change your Industry type. then skills & achievements are the only things you must focus on. After writing your resume summary, look for ways to make your explanation more concise. Highlight your skills and achievements & provide enough detail to support your premises. Also, make sure your skills match the job keywords.

4. Make a Custom Resume

A targeted resume is always the best resume. It takes more time to write a custom resume that matches your qualifications to the employer’s job posting. But, it’s worth the effort, especially when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience.

5. Mention about your Engineering Project & Internship

Your Engineering Project is alone capable of impressing your employer. If you are applying for an industry & your Engineering Project or your Internship is related to that industry then make sure to mention about these in details. 

Tell them about how you were involved in this & what were your responsibilities. Do check the below articles if you are still graduating.

How to choose the rightest Engineering Project?

How to get mechnical engineering internships? (8 steps guide)

6. Error check or Proofread  

Spelling and grammar errors can make an applicant seem inattentive to details. And even a professional can make mistakes while writing an impressive resume. Moreover, once you’ve made a typo, it’s hard to catch it yourself. For that reason, it’s a good idea to have one or two trusted friends take a look at your resume before you send it in for consideration. You may also run a proofreading test on your resume.

7. Include all your Contact Info

Make sure include all your contact information on your resume so that employers can easily get in touch with you. Include your full name, street address, city, state, and zip, phone number, and email address. If you have a LinkedIn/Quora profile or professional website or blog, include those links as well.

8. Organize your Content

Things can go wrong if they are not organized properly. So, it’s important to organize the content of your resume. Arrange your content according to the job profile requirement. Put your updated work Experience & best skills at the top followed by the rest.

9. Get resume writing advice

Writing a resume is hard work and it’s important to get help, or at least have your resume reviewed before you send it to employers. Consider using your seniors or elders or a career counselor to help you make sure your resume is professional and polished.

10. Impressive Resume objective or summary

An impressive resume must always contain an impressive resume summary or objective. Don’t write a statement in your objective summary. Rather, prefer bullets points & write a targeted objective summary based on the job requirements.

11. Avoid resume mistakes

Instead of wasting your time on adding irrelevant content on your resume make it sharply focused. Add your skills and qualifications which are relevant to the job you are applying for.  Below are the top 15 mistakes to avoid while making a resume.

  1. Lengthy paragraph with no bullet points
  2. Using statements for resume summary
  3. Made up Information
  4. Mentioning previous Job Role
  5. Starting phrases with I
  6. Irrelevant Experience
  7. Flowery Language
  8. The spelling of grammatical mistakes
  9. Excess personal information
  10. Hobbies or Interests
  11. Bad Academic Achievements
  12. Avoid Photographs
  13. Reasons for leaving your previous employer
  14. Information about the Former employers 
  15. Your weakness

1. Lengthy paragraph with no bullet points

An employer gives only a few seconds to your resume while screening it. So, he/she might just gloss over the sections of your resume and miss key evidence of your qualifications if paragraphs are too lengthy. It is recommended to use small bullet points with a brief detailing.

2. Using Statements for resume summary/objective 

The first thing that an employer will look upon your resume is its summary. A summary written in form of a statement might be offending to the eyes of the employer. So, it will be better to cover your passion and vision for the company in form of bullet points. This might also increase your chances of getting selected for the interview.

3. Made up Information

Avoid exaggerating your skills & strengths. Some people mention that they know 6 different languages & they have 10 different strengths. That’s too much. Ask yourself about your real strengths & skills as at the end, they are only going to get you the job. 

4. Mentioning previous Job Role  

Employers don’t want to see, what you were supposed to do in your previous job. However, they want to learn about the skills & assets that you have utilized to accomplish these roles. You can mention your industry project details here. 

5. Starting phrases with I

Make yourself familiar with the word ‘We’. You are going to work with a team & using the word ‘I’ won’t be a good idea. While mentioning your skill & accomplishments use words like analyzed, created, reduced etc. instead of ‘I’. Also, avoid using other personal pronouns.

6. Irrelevant experiences

Avoid adding experiences which are irrelevant to the job role you are applying for. Even avoid job experiences which only lasted for a month or two. The employers must spend their time on your most significant relevant work experiences. The same holds true for skills. Be sure the skills you include are current and relevant to the job, otherwise leave them off your resume.

7. Flowery language 

Every phrase on your resume should point to a specific skill or accomplishment. Otherwise, it is just a distraction. You must avoid words like exquisite, outstanding or interesting etc. Always, stick to the facts.

Flowery Language

8. Spellings or Grammatical mistakes

Your resume serves as a sample of your writing skills and evidence of whether or not you are detail oriented. Proofread your resume again & again before sending it to the employer to avoid spelling or grammatical mistake. Moreover, you can also ask your friend to do this for you as its always difficult to find your own mistakes.

Grammar Mistakes

9. Excess Personal information 

Avoid adding personal information like height, weight, birth date, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, or place of birth on your resume. Employers never make an employment decision based on these factors. Moreover, this may resent the fact that you are confronting them with the temptation to do so. Always keep your resume focused on the facts.

10. Hobbies & Interests 

Mentioning things which do not point to the desirable workplace skills or bear any relevance to the job must be avoided. Especially experienced individuals should provide more compelling information about themselves in the limited space of their resume. 

11. Bad Academic Achievements

Never bring academic achievement to the employer’s attention unless it is an area of strength. Things like GPAs below 3.0 or backlogs for only a semester or two should never be included in your resume. There’s no point in trying to impress a hiring manager with something that’s not impressive. 

12. Avoid photographs

Providing your photo on your resume is a bad idea unless you are applying for a modeling or acting career. Even if you think your appearance is an asset you can provide the URL of your LinkedIn profile.

13. Reasons for leaving your previous employers

There is no need to mention why you left your previous employer. It is an irrelevant information and it also looks like that you are making excuses. Moreover, there is no need to justify your career moves. 

14. Information about the former employers 

Mentioning the name of the company is enough while writing about your work history. Giving irrelevant details such as company address, contact information etc. should be avoided. Although, inform your previous employer that they might get a confirmation call.

15. Your Weaknesses

I have seen many students mentioning their weakness in their resume. Avoid this, not only in your resume but also in your interview. This tells your employer that you are not working on your weaknesses even after knowing about them.

Still, Confuse. This link contains sample resumes w.r.t. different job roles.

Best of Luck!

5 thoughts to “How to make an impressive resume? (11 Tips + 15 Mistakes)

  • Anonymous

    Helped a lot!

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  • VIMAL KUMAR CHANDEL

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    • Sayeed Afzal

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  • nupur sharma

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