There are two roads to choose from when writing your Resume. Surprise them or not? That’s the question. Should I prepare something that they expect or change the layout and the words to impress them with my creativity? And what if they don’t like it?
There is not a definite answer here. Some resume writers would argue to play safe and use a bot-friendly resume (readable by ATS bots). Others would urge taking risks and differentiating yourself from the competition. An HR manager sees the same type of resume all day. He/she reads the same sentences, how good, committed, dedicated, productive you are, and how you will make an impact on your next job.
The answer depends on the type of your targeted job. Check online and see what kind of organization they are. Do they value creativity or standardization? Your Resume is a living document. Nothing is written on stone. Prioritize your strengths and customize them to tell your story by reflecting on their job ad. It’s that simple.
One more thing! Avoid using cliché words at all costs. We have seen a lot of these, and they do not stand out anymore: Responsible for (communicate the achiever, not the doer), Dedicated (so much that you leave your job), Detail-oriented (boring), Organized (cliché), Enthusiastic (super cliché), Dynamic (what are you, a machine?), Team Player (come on, really?), Hard worker (all-time classic)
Try to say what you have achieved and learned from each job. This is what your future employer will buy.
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