What should your employers see in your resume?
In our last post, we've talked about an online site that allows applicants to create their resume online. Latexresu.me is every job hunter's dream: it's very easy to use and it guarantees quality output every time-- depending on the information that you'll supply.
However, we have a lot of old school applicants who prefer to do their resumes on their own. It allows them to better express themselves and show their potential employers a piece of who they are and what they can do.
We decided to compile some of the common tips from recruitment websites like Kalibrr, Monster, and Jobstreet, and briefly discuss what are the "do's" and "don'ts" of writing a resume.
1. YOUR CORRECT NAME. Your resume should reflect correct information, especially your name and contact details. Aside from the obvious reason that you shouldn't really lie about what you write on your resume, this helps recruiters ascertain your seriousness in applying for the job. We mean, why would you put your nickname "Boyet" on your resume?
2. PROPER SPELLING/PUNCTUATION MARKS. Their is no queston about these thing's. A well-proofread resume invites recruiters to dig through your application. Remember, recruitment specialists spend an average of 10 seconds to scan a resume. Don't turn them off by incorrect spelling and missing and/or misplaced punctuation marks.
3. SPECIFIC SKILLS RELEVANT TO THE JOB OPPORTUNITY. Make sure to write that you're accredited through the Cisco Career Certification program. Or that you have an intermediate knowledge of Php or Python languages. Just make sure not to include your hula hoop skills and your ability to play DOTA 2 for 24 hours straight.
4. ACHIEVEMENTS SKILLS RELEVANT TO THE JOB OPPORTUNITY. Similar to #3, please don't include your choral competition awards. If you feel like you don't have a major career achievement yet, you can specify roles that you've done in your previous work.
1. GENERAL PHRASES. We're tired of reading applications of job seekers who are "team players", "go getters", and "out-of-the-box-thinkers". Frankly, these are empty words. You can also do away with writing an objective, unless you are shifting career paths. Instead of using these general phrases, focus on what you have already done, and describe them briefly on your resume.
2. TOO MUCH PERSONAL DETAILS. Do not invite discrimination by placing your photo, your birthdate, or your religion. Anyone who understands code can program a thing, regardless of their looks, gender, or method of faith. Also, reference persons are written in a separate sheet; you can just provide it to your recruitment officer after it was asked.
3. IRRELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE. Unless you're applying for a position in the fast food industry, you don't have to include in your resume your 6-month fastfood chain stint back in college.
4. LIES. Recruitment officers conduct background checks. It's better to look for a job for a little while than to be tagged as a shameless liar. Besides, even if you made it through the interviews, you'd be exposed as soon as you start. Mind you, even a fine trickster like America's Frank Abagnale Jr. was caught lying.
There you go. Follow these tips and you'll be all set. Good luck!