Resume or Curriculum Vitae is always considered as one of the most important self-branding tools for a job seeker to represent himself in the competitive job market. While employers consider Resume as a preliminary selection criteria before inviting a candidate for an interview, job seekers make all necessary efforts to prepare wonderful and attractive resumes. During the course of preparation, we either miss some important points to mention or overcook with excessive details both resulting in a rejection which remains unaware to the job seeker. Almost 90% of active job seekers prefer uploading their profiles on job boards to get suitable opportunities either on call or by email but end up getting irrelevant jobs or no calls at all. Even though there are a couple of reasons, one of the primary reason is ineffective resume writing.
One thing to learn about job boards is that a resume is matched and displayed to a recruiter based on the keywords entered. The most relevant and active resumes are shown in the first 2 or 3 pages while the irrelevant lot goes at the last. It is very important for a job seeker to understand the keywords to mention on the resume rather than writing stories. Having said these let's look at 6 amazing ways to write an impressive resume to land in your dream job today.
Write your Skills, Not Descriptions
I think most of the recruiters would have seen 12 or 13-page resumes of the candidates describing their entire history. On an average, a recruiter or a hiring manager spends 10- 20 seconds to screen your resume which primarily includes years of experience, stability with each company and mandatory skills you have worked that match with the job description. If you fail to mention your skills in the resume and instead write long descriptions, your resume will end up being rejected or it may not even show up on a recruiter’s search. Always remember, if your resume has to appear within first two pages of the recruiter’s search mention the skills and not long descriptions.
Career equals Objective
When was the last time you updated your career objective on your resume? Almost 60% of job seekers carry the same objective which was initially written as a fresher during the initial days which doesn’t match with the work experience or type of work they currently do. Almost all of us get into a field of study during the initial days either out of compulsion or out of a temporary interest but our area of interests changes over the years especially when it comes to career our preferences change and at last we end up getting into a job that doesn’t match our preferences. It is a globally accepted fact that most of us get a job which doesn’t match with our field of study. Your objective should actually describe your long term goal or your desired career which should match with the work you do. For eg. Imagine your Objective says “An Aspiring Civil Engineer looking for a challenging opportunity in your esteemed organization” but you ended working in the area of Software Development all these years, it’s high time you should revisit and change your career objective accordingly.
If not immediately, at least during the start of job search it is essential to change it.
Weblinks can increase credibility
While my previous blog post contained some of the essential tools for recruiters to source talents, on the other hand as a job seeker it's a must for you to attach some web links in your profile. A resume can only explain your technical proficiency but as a person who you are, your interests etc can be portrayed only by attaching suitable weblinks. Even though LinkedIn profile URL can give an extended version and transparency of your professional expertise, giving some weblinks portraying your work can certainly add a badge. If you claim yourself to be passionate about something, the efforts you have taken to follow your passion has to be portrayed. Giving these kinds of details on your profile can also increase the chances of getting shortlisted and stay on the top of the recruiter's list. If you are a passionate software developer and have developed something on your own interest, you can push those details to Github and give an URL of that profile on your resume, if you are proficient in writing technology blogs or have published any of your findings, you can give those links on your profile as well.
Mention what have you done, Not what your are learning
Imagine you have mentioned a huge list of skill sets in your resume of which you have worked only on 2-3 skills of those while others are something you have learned or acquired awareness through various sources. While we understand that as a job seeker you have put some efforts to learn something out of your own interest, but on a recruiter’s standpoint, a resume cannot be shortlisted based on your awareness. If you are following a similar practice of adding skills one after the other for the sake of gaining attention, you may end up getting a lot of irrelevant calls and may also get rejected in most of the places. So make a point to mention skills which count on your experience to get relevant opportunities .
Elaborate your achievements
It is not about what you have done, It’s all about how well you have done that particular job. Never forget to mention your achievements, rewards, and recognition on the resume. When we say achievements it's better to mention professional achievements which can really add up to your dream job rather than the personal ones which may help if you are fresher trying to get into a job.
Double check for errors
If you wanted to portray yourself as the best fit for the job then the resume should be error-free with clean formatting. Avoid writing long sentences which may create unnecessary confusions, grammar mistakes, punctuation errors etc. Apart from all these, every time you do minor updations on the profile it's better to do a Spell check manually or depend or third party tools like Grammarly for better word suggestions.
Following these practices will help you craft a better which can help you land your dream job. But still make sure whatever you claim on your resume are factual and real.