Whether you're just getting started on your first resume and feel like this:
or just looking to give your existing one a face lift, we get it and we're here to help.
For international and global companies, employers receive large numbers of applicants for any one position and you want to make sure your resume helps get you to the next step in the process. Look at your resume and ask yourself: does your resume represent who you are and how you will work at the new company? If not, we have four easy steps to help you take your resume to the next level and impress future employers:
Most employers will look at your resume for only two or three minutes before they decide whether they're interested in you. If your resume is too long or poorly organized, you might not get the interview because they couldn't find the key information about what makes you a great new hire.
If you're a recent college graduate or a young professional, your resume does not need to be more than one page. There is no need to list out every high school club you participated in, instead highlight that summer internship or work study you did during your time at university and highlight relevant coursework you completed.
If you have more than seven years of experience, you can have up to two pages but again make sure that every listed position applies to the position you're looking for. Regardless of your previous experience, be concise and deliberate with each part of your resume. You want to make sure you shine whether an employer reads your resume in 30 seconds or 30 minutes.
Pay Attention to Formatting
Similar to length, it's important to think about the layout of your resume and what you want the reader to learn first. Make sure that it is easy to read your name and contact information so the employer can follow up with you. Think about what jobs you list closer to the top of the page and which ones you put lower.
We recommend putting your most relevant work experience towards the top of the page. If you have a love for fashion, don't list your favorite designers at the bottom of the page but instead put your internship at a fashion brand as your top work experience.
Whether you were really involved in your university community or you've been working for a few years, resist the urge to squeeze as much content as you can on one page. A good rule to follow is use font no smaller than size 10 because no future employer wants to have to squint to read everything you'd fit on the page.
From your job title to your description of your day-to-day responsibilities, the more detail you include, the better. Instead of just writing “marketing and sales strategy,” explain what you specifically did, ie. “Leveraged two social media platforms (Weibo and WeChat) with creative content to drive sales of Product 1. The campaign led to 10,000 new fans in 10 days and a 15% increase in product sales.” In this example, the candidate listed exactly what kind of marketing they did - social media marketing - and they listed an accomplishment/way to measure the success of their campaign.
Candidates who list general descriptions of their work appear to either be exaggerating their role in their previous jobs or not highly motivated employees. Numbers and details help showcase who you are and what value you can bring to a new team. No matter your role in your company, there is a way to quantify the work that you do, you just might need to be a little more creative about it.
Proofread, proofread, and proofread again.
Nothing shows your English ability and attention to detail like a resume. Employers will evaluate your resume for spelling, grammar, and logic mistakes. If you're listing your English level as fluent, you want to make sure that your resume reads like a person's who's fluent.
Even native speakers make mistakes on their resumes and it just shows employers that you don't take pride in your work and don't double check projects before sending them out. And if you make that many mistakes on your resume, something that means a lot to you hopefully, they aren't excited to see what quality of work you will send to their clients if you work for them.
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