Gone are the days when your resume or curriculum vitae was plain and text-filled. Studies show that it takes a maximum of 6-seconds to lose the attention of a hiring manager. With a job market as competitive as the real estate industry, your application would need to have an edge to stand out.
A simple graphic resume can go a long way, and shows you’ve given effort to your application. This can visually communicate to a hiring manager that you are a stellar potential employee. Take note that your resume should not look like a comic strip or infographic. Too much color or complicated fonts can easily be taken as unprofessional, or even silly.
Below is a guide you can refer to while putting together your resume.
Know Who You are Applying For
If you are applying for a real estate job, knowing the skill requirements and job description for a position are important. However, it is vital that you also get to know the company you are applying for. You will be working for them after all, and the contents of your resume should speak to them, not to a job description.
Questions you may ask before preparing your resume are, “Does the company communicate casually or professionally?”, “Who are the clients they cater to?”, and “What image are they projecting?”
Answers to these questions will help you put together content that is relevant to your future employer.
Select a Word Processor
To actually begin writing your resume you’ll need a word processing software, either installed on your computer or online. Choose a program you are comfortable with, and preferably one where you can easily access and edit your resume.
Create a Basic Outline
Your resume should at least include the following:
- Contact information
- Objective in applying, or a summary of your skills and experience
- Strengths (i.e. Leadership, Organisation, Self Motivator)
- Technical Skills (i.e. Microsoft Excel, Specific Communication Tools, Database Management)
- Education history
- Employment history (If this is your first job, list down your experience in related fields.)
- References or Testimonials from who you have worked with in the past
Remember to communicate that you are the answer to their hiring needs, but be brief and sincere.
Spice Things Up with Layouting
Word processors nowadays have added formatting tools and inserts such as Table, Text Box, Drawing and Chart. Take some time to experiment on the software of your choice, and do research on simple resume designs you can take inspiration from. If you are willing to tinker a bit more with graphic design, you may want to try tools like Canva where they offer template resume designs you can edit.
Proofread and Proofread Again
Creating a graphic resume can result in your text being all over the place. Don’t panic! It happens. It’s always best to do a spell and grammar check multiple times for any errors you may have missed.
In the entire process, be yourself. Don’t project someone different. Should you move into the interview stage (and we hope you do!), strengthen and support what you have already put on paper. Follow this simple guide, and we hope you nail that application!