Tips for Writing Your Resume

Tips for Writing Your Resume

Writing your resume is one of the most important steps in finding a new career in real estate. Your resume should show a potential new employer why you are a good candidate for the job and highlight you at your best. These tips will help you update your resume and find your next job.

Don’t forget to spell check your resume. It’s one of the universal truths of resumes and yet sometimes people forget to do it. Trust us, and make sure you take care of that first.
Do tailor your resume for the job that you are applying. Lots of resumes are sent in for every job opening, by customizing your language to match certain key phrases, your resume will make it to the top of the pile for ATS and recruiters.

Don’t feel like you have to get everything in on one page. A longer resume is not an automatic disqualifier anymore.
Do include only the last 15 years of professional experience. You don’t have to mention the jobs that are no longer relevant to where you are in your career path.

Don’t make a resume that is full of infographics and pictures. These kinds of resumes are only helpful if you are applying for a design-focused job.
Do create a resume that is clean and easy to read. For most jobs, it is perfectly acceptable to use templates from Word or ones you find on the internet.

Don’t write an Objective section for your resume. Most recruiters know that your objective is to find a job in the real estate industry, that’s why you are applying.
Do create a brief headline or overview. This should highlight your expertise and provide a bit of context for you. It should be no more than two sentences.

Don’t write down every project you were responsible for at your job. No one wants to read a book describing the day-to-day responsibilities of your job
Do highlight important projects or deals that you were heavily involved in. Keep the descriptions brief and show the $s or %s where you are able. Use bullet points wherever possible to help keep the information direct and contained.

Don’t use a serif font such as Times New Roman.
Do use a san-serif font such as Calibri or Arial as these are easier for both recruiters and ATS to read.

Don’t include non-professional social media handles. If you only use LinkedIn for work, don’t include any other social media channels on your resume.
Do include your contact information such as your cell phone, a professional sounding email address, and your LinkedIn URL.

These tips should help you update your resume so that you can land your next career in real estate. Remember, your resume’s job is not to land the job, it’s to get you in for an interview. Once you get an interview, you can add in more detail about projects, jobs you held and your goals. Your resume is an extended business card and should reflect both where you have been in your career and where you want to go.

Check out our Candidates page to see if your resume matches any of our current job openings.