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Create a professional resume.


Receiving an increasing number of maladjusted resumes, we thought this article might help you to create a professional one within a few steps.

Introduction

Whether it's an internship or a job search, whether you are young or old, your resume plays an essential role in your canvassing.

This document, which may seem harmless to some people, is not. Your resume is your business card, your first contact with your potential recruiter, so it must be perfect and catchy. Faced with a growing number of resumes that we consider unsuitable, we will guide you to create the document that will make the difference. Although these tips are particularly suited to the communication industry, you can use them in other sectors. Ready for our 10 advises?

Adapt your resume to the company.

Creating a universal resume is a considerable time saver, especially when you want to target a maximum of communication agencies in a short time. However, this practice is often not productive because recruiters recognize them. Moreover, it proves the candidate did not take the time to understand the targeted agency. Adapting your resume both in substance and in form shows that the applicant favors the qualitative over the quantitative and, follows the philosophy of the brand.

You claim to be the one, prove it.

Candidates naturally highlight their strengths, and this is the goal of the process. To pretend that you are THE candidate to choose is one thing but to prove it is another one! It is imperative to make your statements concrete through your resume before you can confirm yourself within the company. For example, if you are applying for a "creative" position and your resume is most commonplace, your recruiter will pay only a little attention to your words. It's the same if you claim to be an excellent communicator but your level of expression is inadequate.

Go straight to the point.

The larger the company targeted, the more recruiters receive applications and the less time they have to spend per applicant. It is important to go straight to the point by constructing clear and short sentences. Remember to keep a logical thread in your presentation. Like a pyramid, be general at the beginning and mention details related to the position as you go. A short and clear text will be easier to read than a long and incoherent one especially when you target a communication agency. Do not forget to give your recruiter the urge to learn more about you.

Do you speak another language?

Especially if you master a foreign language required for the job offer, we highly recommend to prove it by providing a copy of your resume in that language. What could be better proof? Nonetheless, for avoiding confusion, don’t mix two languages into the same document.

Show your portfolio.

For creatives, a portfolio is a real tool of persuasion. This document of a few pages illustrates in pictures your main achievements. No need to put all your personal or professional achievements, choose the most evocative ones and accompany them with a descriptive paragraph including the name of the project and its date of completion. If it is about projects realized within previous communication agencies, make sure to have the preliminary authorization to communicate about them.

Why not a video?

If you are comfortable with video editing and even more if the intended job is in this area, adding a link to a video presentation can be beneficial. It will attract the attention of your recruiter while giving you the opportunity to add an animated portfolio and other complementary elements that you deem useful. Regarding the broadcast platform, Vimeo is preferable to YouTube because of more qualitative contents.

Typography and colors.

These two elements have an important role. Let's start with typography. It must be readable, of a suitable size and spaced enough to air the text. A text too compact gives a block effect and does not provide the desire to be read. To add originality, you can use another typography for titles to put them a little more prominently and create a reading grid at a glance.

As for colors, they will bring life to your document. The key elements can be colored to accentuate their obviousness but know how to balance the colors between them and do not overuse them. Your resume should not become a rainbow.

To better personalize your document, why not use the color and typography themes from the company you are targeting?

Your email address.

It's a detail, but it's critical. We strongly discourage you from using a wacky address like little-butterfly@mailprovider.com. Always opt for a neutral email address such as firstname.lastname@mail.com even create one especially for your job research.

Online resume for more information.

Have you ever thought of creating a personal website for the additional information that can not fit on your resume? Various online providers give the ability to create a simple personal site in a few clicks. If you do not have the skills to develop your website, this alternative allows to be visible on the Internet and fully expose your portfolio. Think about it.

Maintain your network.

Even if the targeted agency could not give a favorable response this time, nothing says that it will not be your agency tomorrow. Remember to keep in touch with your potential employers. Do not harass them but twice a year, communicate about new projects in your portfolio and your career advancement. By working at a competitor, it is possible that a recruiter suddenly discovers an interest in meeting you.

Conclusion.

Preparing a professional resume could be a complicated task but once done, adjusting details like typography, colors, and some sentences will make your document elaborated. The aim is not to poorly target hundreds of recruiters but correctly target the few companies you wish to join. Recruiters receive tens of resumes per day and give attention only to the ones able to catch it. The first impression you give is unique; you'll not have a second chance.

Now you have the keys to better succeed, we wish you good luck.