When looking for a job in Regulatory Affairs, as for almost any other career opportunity, your resume is your first marketing strategy. As much as an ad is made to encourage a purchase. Your resume should be strategically built to stimulate the reader to want to meet you. Research has shown that HR Managers take from 6 to 10 seconds to scan your CV and decide if it deserves more of their precious time. So having a killer resume is essential if you really want to land a great job in Regulatory Affairs.
Expert Advice: Tailor Your Resume to the Exact Regulatory Affairs Position that You Want
5 Tips To Write A Killer CV
1. Invest in the layout
You don’t need to make it look like a magazine unless you are a designer, and your resume includes a portfolio. Keep in mind that the receiving party is faced with the receipt of dozens of resumes so make sure yours is easy to read and clearly points to vital information he/she is scanning for (years of experience, tenure, education, relevant certifications, measurable outcomes/accomplishments).
2. Write it yourself and get someone to edit
You know yourself better than anyone else, especially when it comes to the achievements you’ve been able to hit. So write your resume yourself and use your own words. This way the reader (recruiter, HR, Hiring Manager, etc.) will have a better sense of who you are. After you are done, have a friend or editor go through what you wrote so it is bulletproof for any mistakes or grammar errors.
3. Chronology and clear achievements
A good rule of thumb is to provide the last ten years of experience starting with your most recent at the top. Be honest but modest about your achievements. In bullet points, detail your achievements and organize your experience chronologically so that the reader is drawn to go through the entire document. Include at least two or three attained goals (made money, saved money, improved a process, etc.) for each position held.
4. Tailor your resume for each position
You should have a Master Resume saved on your computer. However, you need to modify it accordingly, depending on the industry and position you are pursuing. Try and do as much research as possible on the organization and desired position before submitting your resume so that you can tailor your specific achievements and professional summary accordingly.
5. Showcase your unique value
Companies receive lots of resumes for each vacancy. Be sure you state your case clearly and showcase the unique skills that make you the best fit for the job not only through the professional summary, but through each wisely chosen bullet point for each previously held position. The more specific you can be as it relates to relevant accomplishments and how the outcome of these achievements could translate to benefiting the new prospective employer the better. Most importantly, don´t ever copy/paste someone else’s skill set because it will come back to bite you in the end.
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