When we meet for the first time with an employer, after a fleeting look loaded with information, comes the handshake.
A resume is the key that opens or closes that door. For this reason, it must generate the need of meeting and shaking hands with you. No matter how good it might be, unless it helps getting a face-to-face interview with hiring managers, the efforts are wasted. Its purpose is to win an interview. It is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less.
It is a mistake to think of the resume as a job history. Sure, most of the content of it is focused on the career history, but write from the intention to create interest, to persuade the employer to call you. Doing so, the final product will be very different than writing to inform about the job history.
"Resume Writing" two simple words, loaded with an almost infinite complexity. Indeed, before overturning our Resume on a PDF, we must be clear about several things to increase our employment opportunities:
Strengths and weaknesses - What really stands out about you? Highlight these features in the resume (and interview), diverting attention from weaknesses.
Where you come from? Where are you going? Which kind of work motivates you and which not? What type of job suits your profile? Identifying these key aspects bearing in mind your past, present and future will increase the job opportunities.
What experience do you bring to the job opening? Do not refer only to technical aspects such as courses or training, but emphasize also the skills (Leadership, project management, work under pressure, etc.).
Identify and quantify accomplishments! Hiring managers and recruiters seek candidates that can help them solve problems or satisfy needs within their company. Consequently, you cannot be a solution to their problems without stating how you solved similar problems in other companies and situations.
Contribute your personal touch, stand out. Use a different paper, color, letter, format, etc.
Generate interest. Pour a clear, specific, concise, consistent and accurate information. Take care of spelling mistakes.