It’s easier than ever to get in touch with a prospective employer. There are employment agencies, recruitment agencies, personal networks, business networking websites, and online job boards to make your job search easy and convenient. What’s not great about all these resources is that you won’t be the only person using them. This is especially true of online resources such as CareerBuilder—if they work well and can help, they will attract a lot of attention. You need to stand out when applying for a job, and you can do that by following a few simple writing tips.
When crafting your CareerBuilder resume, you should assume that any prospective employer will take a couple of seconds to decide whether to read your whole resume or not. The resume will need to catch their attention at a glance, and one of the ways you can do that is by using a descriptive title for yourself, such as “results-driven account manager.” This title sums up your education and work experience in four to six words that are easy to read and cue employers to continue reading. The title is a summary of what they will read in the rest of resume.
When writing a resume for CareerBuilder, it’s a good strategy to include special words that are proven to be attractive to potential employers. Employers like strong, active words, such as the verbs “to achieve,” “to accomplish,” “to create,” or “to resolve.” While you’re making sure to include all the good keywords, you should try to avoid using what is usually called “business-speak” in your resume. Don’t write that you think outside the box, that you’re a go-getter, a thought-leader, or focused on synergizing. Business-speak isn’t favored by the business-minded, so find and eliminate any occurrences of it in your resume.
There are tested practices regarding the formatting of your resume. The goal of these practices is for your resume to look good and to be easy to read from beginning to end, but also to be scannable if the employer doesn’t have a lot of time. The telltale signs of a well-formatted resume are the proper use of bullet points, the use of precise numbers when applicable, and leaving most of the space open so that the resume does not look crammed. Keep in mind that your resume shouldn’t be too long, so take that into account when you’re formatting it. CareerBuilder recommends no more than three pages.
Being concise and precise is a highly desired trait in business writing, and your CareerBuilder resume is a piece of business writing. Use words carefully, and never use five words when one would do. Avoiding wordiness will help you create a more streamlined resume, which will go well in hand with the formatting we mentioned earlier.
This is the big one—your CareerBuilder resume can’t have any spelling mistakes. Not a single one. The same rules that apply to all business correspondence, or business-related writing in general, also apply to your resume. And those rules are pretty clear. If you want to appear credible, detail-oriented, and professional to a potential employer, you must deliver an error-free resume. You can proofread your resume a couple of times, you can have someone else do it for you, you can use proofreading apps, or you can do all three. Do whatever it takes to make sure your resume is as good as it can possibly be.