Do you usually wonder whether your resume had been read by your prospective employer? Does the phobia of your application being lost amidst competitive candidates a common worry to you? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the two or both of these questions, you have reached to the right site to gain answers.
We all have dream jobs and a good, well-structured resume is the first weapon in the hands of the applicant that can make him or her win battle for the best job in the market. It is commonly told that if you don’t tell well, you can’t sell good. It is firmly believed in the professional world that one rarely gets a second chance to make first impression. Resume is the first communication that happens between a candidate and an employer even without seeing each other. The decision of whether or not to meet in person is processed only after screening resume prior to scrutinizing digital footprints of the applicant. It is worth your time to spend and build your resume. Following are a set of few tips that I would like to share:
- Label ‘Resume or CV’
More often than not it had been observed that the candidates write out resume or CV as a main heading to the document. How many a times, have we observed a toothbrush or a biscuit being labeled as a ‘product’? This is a cliché and must be stringently avoided.
- Focus on ‘me’
Just imagine someone talking to you even for a single minute about their past, present and future, how long would you be interested to listen to such a person? Same goes for your prospective boss or employer: if you won’t talk through your resume about how can you help the organization you wish to apply for, how do you even imagine your selection?
It is a common error to bloat about achievements and listing up skills that one does not really possess and remember, interview is a situation where all that had been printed on the page is screened, scrutinized, quizzed and verified. To filter out milk from water is very facile for any interviewer, so do it at your own risk.
- Cliché Career Objective
‘To be a fruitful asset to the organization where I can enrich my learning and growth’ is a hackneyed phrase under the category of career objective. The job that is being looked forward to by the prospective employee promises and beholds along with career aspirations, his or her financial wellbeing too. Thus, it is quintessential to carefully and candidly draft it.
- Listing roles not results
Many a times, while talking the might of the previous jobs, candidates tend to focus more on their previous job roles, duties and tasks assigned than the results achieved. The prospective employer is interested in calculating objectively the contribution of the candidate for the job and thus working upon the framework of salary.
- Listing accomplishments without date
Accomplishments such as winning sports or dancing competitions during schooldays stand good stead to communicate an overall groomed personality. But blowing your own trumpet, should be done cautiously.
By Ms. Jyoti