A resume is the first piece of information that reflects your experience and achievements; however a Good resume is one that presents the information with good use of language in a well-structured format. Every year there are millions of graduates that are in the market hunting for good jobs, thousands of aspirants looking to change their jobs and many others looking at promotions in other companies. The basic thread that binds these categories of people is a good resume.
A good resume will pique the curiosity of recruiters that will definitely get you a call for an interview. Outlined below are basic steps or features of a good resume:
Presentation: No one has the time today to read endless pages of your 10 years or 15 years of experience or for that matter even 5 years of your detailed resume. You have to learn to make your resume in an easy-to-read format that reflects not only your work summary but concise information about your achievements and personal information. Make sure you do not clutter in too much information making it hard for the recruiter or hiring manager to read.
Verbiage: The first person who screens your resume is a recruiter or a hiring manager. You have to make your resume clear of too much technical language and keep it simple and easy to understand. When we say simple, it is best to not go into too many details on paper but to try including the aspects that are vital to your profile and the job clearly.
Grammar: If your resume has too many spelling errors and punctuation errors, the meaning of the resume is lost. It is better to ensure the use of spell check or cross check your thoughts and language with a person who is good at it. It is good to depict your work summary through the use of action verbs. This creates an impact on the mind of the reader and also gives out the meaning of your work in a structured and clear manner.
Flow of the resume: While it is important to present your resume in a simple and error-free manner, it is also imperative that you maintain a flow in your resume. Jumping topics, such as Work Experience to Educational Qualifications, abruptly creates disconnect in the mind of the reader. Make sure that you give it a good flow to make your resume impressive. For example, highlight your skills, mention your recent work history to former along with duration and KRAs, and move onto additional responsibilities, then to additional qualification and then to educational details and a brief personal outline.
These are some basic steps that can get the attention of a reader and make sure that you atleast get a call for an interview. After all, a resume is just a reflection of what you are actually capable of doing and achieving. Go ahead, create a good resume and make a good impression!
Changing times have also changed the way an organization reviews profiles and candidatures. Today with innumerable job portals and recruitment consultants present dime-to-a-dozen, it is important to use some out-of-the-box methods to hunt for the right candidates. This is the reason why social media has gradually started to become an important tool in job hunting.
Social Media is a key factor in job search processes today! Innumerable social sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. are great platforms for job searches and getting the right candidates. The increased use of these sites by different people across the world makes it easier for organizations to connect with candidates who are hunting for a job. This way an employer gets a feel of who you are outside the confines of a resume and gets to know you socially as well. Your presence on these varied social networks along with a concise profile update on these sites makes it even more appealing for employers to connect with you. Even for the prospective employees or job hunters, today many organizations post their jobs on these sites because there is a higher chance to get a hit than possibly through job portals in some cases.
It is advisable to keep your status and profile updated especially on a widely used professional networking site such as LinkedIn. Many companies use this as a good platform to connect with individuals and individuals use it widely to get to know their counterparts in the industry and the market know-how. Some reckon it be more effective to have a full LinkedIn profile than an updated resume on a job portal as the hit ratio has gone up over the years. With organizations posting jobs on this site and LinkedIn giving premium memberships on paid basis to access full profiles across the globe, this surely is an effective social media tool.
With an average of nearly 50% job seekers checking and updating their social status daily, it is easy to contact them through these advanced channels. Gone are the days when job seekers and employers were dependent on consultants and job portals only for good jobs. Yes, changing times have given way to changing methods and over the years these methods are going to grow.
Few steps to follow to make social media an effective tool for job searches-
- Always keep your profile updated
- Do not post inappropriate content about you or anyone else on your social sites because, remember, today companies scan through your social content too before making a choice of candidature
- Building stronger networks also helps you in the nascent stage of job hunting and will give you more chances of getting noticed by employers
- Participate in few news feeds or keep in touch with current happenings in the industry and the world in general, as they go a long way in showcasing your personality
Have fun job hunting and utilize social media adeptly!
We all live in a very competitive world today and we strive in many ways to stand out of the crowd. Corporate work pressure is termed as the worst pressure of all, under current circumstances. Finding a job, keeping it and working towards making your place in the organization, all count for work pressure. To find our niche we sometimes tend to bend the truth a little, but is it OK to bend the truth while presenting your resume!
Bending the truth on a resume is commonly referred to as White Lies! So you think everyone lies on their resume; maybe not an audaciously massive lie like graduating from a different B-school rather than the one you have actually completed it from! But sometimes simple things like bumping your grades or mentioning something that you have achieved when you have not in reality, all count for small white lies on a resume. Today the employers are not only looking for long term employee-employer relationship but are also very careful while recruiting individuals in particular roles. Gone are the days when someone would refer a candidate and the work would be done and you would be hired. Today the employers like to know what you have been doing, are you a fit for the job and whether you have a balanced state of mind that is required for the organization. However, these things cannot be faked on a resume by simply adding things that you may have not done. Please remember employers have access to all kinds of information like educational credentials, confirming work experience by indulging in reference checks, etc. Hence it is better to keep your profile realistic and not add anything that you may not have done or achieved over the years.
Here are some pointers or examples of bending the truth or white lies on your profile:
A freshman looking for a job tried to add a few things that he didn’t quite have knowledge about. Under language fluency he went on to add French and Spanish under languages he knew besides Hindi and English. Now during the interview, everything went on alright but in the last segment, one the interviewers ended up asking a question in French as he had mentioned it under a language he spoke and the candidate was dumb found as he did not understand the question asked. Now this simply could have been avoided by not mentioning this in your profile at all. These small lies do not create a very good impression on your prospective employer.
A gentleman applying for a mid-career level position in a fairly medium sized company added a designation of Senior Team Leader as one of his promotions whereas he was actually an individual contributor with no people management experience. Now he assumed that it is OK to mention this small designation without highlighting too much of the job description as the company may not conduct a check since it was a medium sized company. Well he was mistaken, because the company did conduct a check and it turned out negative.
These white lies are not OK on your profile and create an unpleasant impression on a prospective employer. Honesty is the Best Policy and it is better to tell the truth than repent even a small lie later.
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
The most important element for any job seeker is their profile or resume or better known today as a Curriculum Vitae. With the evolution of technology, the mode of resume submission for every job seeker has evolved too. Today, more than 50% of organizations prefer having subscriptions to job portals to get easy access to over a million profiles from across the world.
Creating a profile on a job portal is as imperative as having a resume so that the employers can easily read the profile and understand the vital aspects fitting the job description. Now, if one is not careful in creating a good profile on a job portal it will lead to lesser hits on your resume and chances are that a prospective employer may miss your profile online. Here are some basic steps that one can follow while creating a good profile on a job portal.
Heading: The heading on a job portal primarily means the brief description that you provide using appropriate keywords. You have to choose your keywords carefully so that prospective employers, when searching for profiles, get to see your profile amongst the first 10. For example, you can use Java Professional or Recruitment specialist or Human Resource professional as prime keywords in your heading section. This will help the recruiters to sort resumes based on preference and accessibility.
Keyword Optimization: This can very simply be achieved by mentioning your core skills and highlighting them throughout your resume. Do not overdo the key words as then it would reflect against your professional image. You have to be careful while choosing your keywords as now a days Job portals work in a similar way as search engines, the ultimate purpose being finding the right candidate. With the increase of more and more employers opting for job portals, it is an absolute must for you to choose your words smartly.
Complete all fields provided on the job portal: To gain more visibility among various employers you must complete all the fields provided on the portal such as qualification summary, work experience, duration of work and its nature, personal details, desired job details, skills, etc. This is will make your profile look professional and will help recruiters understand you better.
These are the basic methods of writing your profile professionally on a job portal. Do remember that it is important for you to maintain a systematic approach while writing a profile and use keywords that highlight exactly what you do, ensuring that it is in tandem with the rest of your profile.
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