Now that you have decided to move on to another role in your career, the first and foremost thing you need to do is to update and rewrite your resume. No matter where you are on your career path, editing your resume can feel like a daunting task.
And along the way, you may have questions such as: What experience should I include and in how much detail? What format should I use? How can I make my resume stand out from others?
These are legitimate concerns. After all, it all comes down to your resume – whether you get your first chat with a recruiter or an interview with a hiring manager. Resumes work to summarise all the experience, learnings and accomplishments of your career and education.
If you are lost as to where to begin, consider using a resume template as a starting point. The ideal resume is easy to read, well-organised, and highlight experiences in a way that is easy for the hiring manager to digest. Here are three free resume templates you can use for any stage of your career, to take the next steps for your 2021 job search in the Philippines.
1. Chronological resume template
This traditional resume style is suitable for fresh graduates, those with a shorter career history or those who have held multiple roles within one organisation. This resume style ensures that potential employers see your work experience in a quick, easy-to-follow way, working backwards from your most recent experience. It should include your education, work experience, and other information like technical skills or awards. If you have a few chronological gaps, see this article on how to handle employment gaps.
2. Skills-based, mid-level resume
This resume is suitable for those from mid-managerial level and above. Once you have accumulated a significant amount of experience, your resume could naturally stretch quite a bit. It can get tedious for hiring managers to read through full descriptions of every position you have held.
Instead of having the hiring manager go through the whole resume to find your key contributions and achievements, add that information upfront. Highlight your most relevant experience and skills sets in a separate section before the segment on work experience. Focus on the most relevant roles to the role you are aspiring to, and those in which you’ve felt you’ve given the best performance, or given you the most tangible results.
3. Executive-level resume
This resume template is ideal for those applying for more senior roles like director-level jobs. This executive-level template focuses on what you have achieved and how you achieved it. Overall, it is result-driven. Additionally, the format leaves room for you to highlight any position you hold in other organisations or boards, and professional groups you may be a part of.
Personalise your resume after using a template
Use these templates as a starting point for your resume, but then don’t hold back on customising and personalising the template to suit the role, your experience and personality. A well-organised resume is the first step in getting noticed. The second step is to let your experience and achievements take centre stage. The final step is to allow a bit of personality to shine through.
Bonus Tip: What skills should you highlight?
In 2021, there are two types of skills that employers are looking for: transferable skills and soft skills. Transferable skills are critical if you’re looking to switch to a new industry or a new type of role and have work experience that isn’t directly related, but that can transfer. Examples of transferable skills are communication, teamwork, project management and technology or software knowledge.
Soft skills are essential because they will differentiate between candidates with similar or equal technical competencies and experience in a competitive job market. Soft skills influence how you will fit into the company culture, work with others, and lead a team.
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