In this busy age where there are more applicants than available positions, it is important to stand out to get noticed by hiring managers. Your resume is your ‘first foot’ into being considered for a job, which is why it is so important.
Most hiring managers/ recruiters prefer the resume to be brief, informative and precise so highlight relevant details so as to present a clear overview of yourself which will help managers decide whether to give that particular resume a more thorough screening.
It is imperative to be 100% professional in your resume to land an interview. Be simple and concise, that will do the trick.
Below are few ways where you can better the chances of your resume being evaluated:
Heading/ Title: It is always helpful for the reader to know your job title so mention it along with your name, position, contact details (include your contact number, email address).
LinkedIn is a professional networking platform so it will be beneficial to create a LinkedIn id and share that on your resume so that hiring managers can see that you consider yourself a professional and additionally you could also add hiring managers as your contacts to follow their online job related updates.
It is advisable at times to not include a profile photo along with the resume unless the organization demands one. The first few lines are noticed first so make sure that it is the right amount as well as the most relevant information.
Objective: This is where you have to be creative, let us face it nobody especially a hiring manager who goes through multiple resumes daily, likes a copied objective from a resume template that you found on the internet.
Give a short summarised paragraph stating your years of experience in the relevant field and what you would contribute towards the firm you are applying to. This would increase the chances of your resume being taken more seriously.
For web development related positions it is always a good idea to present a table of your technical skills and experience on the first page of your resume.
For example: PHP Developer, Android Developer, JAVA Programmer, WordPress Developer etc.,
Skill sets/ Skill matrix: Any changes made to your skill set column should be relevant to the job/organization you have applied to. When you forward your resume to any firm ensure that you have researched what type of skills they might be looking for in terms of the available vacancy and highlight them in your resume while applying.
For an IT sector application the skill sets is the most important column, this is where you can feed in detail the list of applications, tools, softwares, operating systems, frameworks or programming languages you are familiar with. Make sure to highlight this particular section of your resume.
While adding skills make sure that the relevant ones with the years of experience are on top of the list based on where you are applying along with the rest of technical skills that you have attained.
Work Experience: A detailed work experience column is important to rightly evaluate your application. So make sure that this column is neatly arranged preferably a bullet format mentioning the joining and leaving dates in a descending manner for better clarity in the path of your career build.
Giving a brief explanation of the roles and responsibilities carried out in the previous firms would in turn give the hiring manager an idea of the profile you would be the right fit for within their firm. It is also a great idea to mention your achievements in your previous jobs, as well as any awards or appreciations that you may have received during your tenure.
If you have many years of experience, it makes sense to focus on the current most impactful jobs (in terms of experience and relevance) to the position you have applied to.
For a programmer/ developer a detailed description of projects, modules, team size, role played, technologies used etc., displayed in bold helps grab attention in one glance.
Education Qualification: As the term suggests this is where you include your educational qualifications in a descending order starting from the highest qualification you have completed going down to primary schooling.
This can be followed up with further personal details and/ or other miscellaneous information about yourself.
Reference: Should be made available upon request (optional).
As mentioned in the beginning of this blog keep in mind that your resume is usually your first impression to the hiring manager, so pay attention to details like using the latest template, grammatical errors, spellings and make sure that that your resume is clear, well thought out and easy to read.
All the best in your job search!
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