You can weave a dynamic, powerful resume that will enable you to sail through the employer’s initial fifteen-second screening process and earn your outstanding qualifications the closer look they deserve.
A great resume can be a game strategic tool for you in your JOB hunt. In the 15 seconds (if you’re lucky) a recruiter will peruse it, You can stand out from the above. Unfortunately, If you do it wrong, you can also be rejected from the pool of resumes.
Here are some necessary things you need to keep in mind before writing your resume.
1. Coying someone else’ resume. This is the worst thing you can do on your resume. Don’t copy the resume of others thinking that it would be very impressive and presentable. It maybe work out well for someone else but not you because that is not your personality. Try to express your own strengths and accomplishments in the most professional and appealing way. Be a first version of yourself instead of being a second rate version of someone else.
2. Long paragraphs. A resume should be simple and machine scannable. People like white space on resumes. Recruiters want to be able to glance at the resume and get the main idea.A lot of information maybe very time consuming and exasperating. Make your sure your resume is skimmable because it takes only seven seconds for a recruiter to skim through your resume.
3. Too much usage of word “I”. Don’t use pronouns (“I”) or articles (“a,” “the”). They undermine the energy of your accomplishments, slow down the reader, and take up extra space. Too much usage of work may indicate that you are selfish and that you only think for you yourself. The recruiters may get the impression that you are not a good team player. Teamwork and cooperation is a very important asset for attracting the recruiters to your resume. Use the work “WE” and talk about your accomplishments as a team not just by your own self.
4. Typing or grammatical mistakes. Refrain from making grammatical and typing mistakes in your resume. Proofread your resume again and again. Use the spell-checker on your computer to make sure that your resume is not having such blunders. Ask someone else to read it over too. One mistake could give a potential employer the wrong impression. Typos are a sign of carelessness and recruiters never like to hire a careless employee.
5. Funny and unprofessional email address. A lot of young candidates may get carried away and use funny yet controversial email addresses in their resume. These emails ids maybe good for personal use but you can’t use them on your professional portfolio. Such insensitive emails ids may be firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org. Such names create a very bad impact on the recruiter. And they may reject your resume on the spot for such an immature attitude.
6. Dual personalities. Never lie about yourself. While a lot of people may suggest having multiple resumes, one for each job application, but it is not a very wise idea. Be proud of your background and your accomplishments and don’t be lured to create “multiple personalities. Try Tailoring a resume slightly for a job by removing sections that may not be related to one position. But don’t have multiple versions of your resume, none of which match with your online resume available for anyone to see. Be confident but always be honest.
7. Unrelated professional experiences. Avoid mentioning all the things that you have done so far. Analyze the job description of the job you are applying for and mention your job experiences relevant to it.
8. Blunt way of defining experience. Try to use decent and courteous words for your past jobs. Creatively replace strange titles into effective descriptive ones. For example, if your title was “Group Rock Star,” write: Public Relations Specialist.
9. Exaggerate your value. Don’t make things up or inflate your accomplishments, level of responsibility, or skills. Explain about your strengths and accomplishments but don’t be arrogant over it.
10. Unimportant information. Do not include personal information such as age, weight, social insurance number or religion.Your interviewer may subconsciously judge that could reduce your chances of getting the position.
11. Repetition. Don’t repeat the same action words throughout the resume. Instead of using the verb developed or managed again and again, draw out your thesaurus and mix in terms like accelerated, delivered, directed, established, initiated, or re-engineered.
12. Long List of duties. Never make your resume a list of your job duties — make it a list of your accomplishments! Design your job responsibilities carefully into strong descriptions of your accomplishments.
13. Too Informal. Try to use formal words and avoid contractions (can’t, doesn’t, it’s) and abbreviations. Do not use slang and code language. It sounds very rude and unprofessional.
14. Heavy Vocabulary. Do not overdose your resume with heavy words to sound smarter or older than you are; this will be immediately obvious to the person reading the resume. Try to use simple and plain words.
In the end, try to be creative about what you write. Avoid all the above things to have a professional personified resume. Wish you Great Luck !