In this fast paced world, hiring managers and recruiters seldom have time & resources to have a thorough look on each resume that comes across, a research says that they typically spend an average of six seconds to make an initial FIT or UNFIT decision. If you want to stand out you need to have something instantly appealing on your resume that makes you seize that interview opportunity. (And remember, the ONLY purpose of a resume is to get you that interview!)
Here are a few things you should consider while preparing your resume.
Objective – An old fashioned start
Every other resume has it and honestly saying it doesn’t do great, obviously you are applying for a job and your objective is to get the role, no need to waste that precious space by writing those cheesy lines.
If something is really unique about you like change of domain or work area, it would be a good idea to add a little brief or a summary.
Use cover letters about your objectives and why you want the job, don’t be confused between the content of resume and cover letter, things like your objective, why you will be a good fit for the organization etc. should be put on a one pager comprehensive cover letter.
Most of the time it’s not preferred to include your marital status, religious beliefs or preference, social security or identification numbers , unless it’s required for the role you are applying for or the region you are applying in.
This used to be a standard in the past, but today all this information leads to discrimination, racism and other illegitimate things.
Avoid Typos & Grammatical Errors.
Your resume is your first point of contact between you and your potential employer, try not to give a bad impression by doing those silly typos and grammatical errors, for e.g. don’t use present tense for the past job etc. only your current job should be written in present tense, proofread your resume many times, let it read by other peers and seniors around you, get it checked by a professional if possible.
There has been a great debate about writing work experiences on your resume, about what to include, should only relevant experience be included or otherwise? Should i include all my experiences even the earliest ones? Etc.
What i suggest is to take a moderate approach, include all you recent experiences as it shows what you have been doing in last 5 or 10 years, try not to include irrelevant experiences if you have done something that doesn’t relates to your core work area. Also, if you have more than 15 years of experience under your belt, try to make another section ‘Prior Experience’ and consolidate your early experiences over there, in a couple of lines.
Recruiters look for the best and easiest way to reach to you, they are not interested in your whereabouts and how many email addresses and mobile numbers you have, be professional and precise about your contact details, don’t use that fancy immature childish email address, be decent in your email addresses, give one reachable contact number instead of your residential mailing address, also try to add a link to your professional profile like LinkedIn.
Be Real, Be Honest, Be Truthful.
Don’t pretend to be what you are not, recruiters don’t find it impressive if you are applying for a software engineering role and you can fix a rocket as well, additional qualities are good and will make you distinguish among others, only if it is relevant to your core profession, don’t tell blatant lies about yourself, don’t write anything that you can’t defend in interview.
If you are learning something new, show yourself as a fast learner not as an expert just to land that job, hiring companies mostly look for the passion to learn and your capability to rapidly adapt with the fast paced changing world.
Lengthy resume and prolong texts does not mean that you are a highly talented and skilled professional, most surveys about resume says that lengthy CVs are a biggest NO for recruiters, try to be comprehensive while elaborative about your resume, select right words, use the space diligently and try to fit yourself in that one or two page area, make good use of those white spaces in such a way that a few seconds glance on your CV should define you aptly.
Hobbies, Why ?
Nobody cares about what you do in your free time if it doesn’t concern the job you are applying for, save that white space on the paper and put something reasonable.
Styling, catchy yet understandable
Take proper care while selection of fonts and its size, don’t use too big or too small font, don’t use old fashioned fonts like ‘Times New Roman’, use Raleway instead. Most people reduce the font size to fit in more in less space, don’t make your recruiter’s eyes suffer by reading such small size text, select a clear font with proper size that makes sense and give a clean and sleek look to your resume.
Bullets are good to attract attention to most important aspects of your resume but don’t overload your resume with bullets. Format your CV properly , make proper size and readable sections, indent it well, be consistent with date formats and stick to it throughout.
Its your resume and obviously it’s about you, so don’t use words like “I,” “me,” “she,” or “my,”.
Technically saying its your CV that’s telling about you, not you.
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