You are someone who is expecting to be picked perfect from the bunch of employees waiting to be recruited by that one coveted employer.
With the growing market of employees with extraordinary competency, the only deciding factor that remains is a profile which delineates your achievements, accolades and abilities.
The administrative section of any university or office hardly takes any time to scan the pile of resumes.
The bird of Jove plays the trick of straining out the most deserving resumes; now note: it’s the most deserving resume not candidate.
The boring resumes are easy to be dumped no matter how deserving the candidate is. Consider it fair or unfair, a major role is played by how you articulate your achievements.
It’s better to first learn about your recruiter and then focus on the part of your resume which they are more likely to notice first.
Write Your Resume From The Perspective of The Recruiter:
Who is actually doing the recruiting?
So, switch places and think what they would want from your professional profile.
The people who are in the business of hiring candidates are responsible for selecting the perfect employee who will carry out the job as required. Thus, they will make sure that your resume fulfills what they actually want. Nail it there!
Focus on The Initial Part of Resume:
The recruiter is going to spare ½ of the total time he gives to your resume, to the beginning of your profile.
Give your resume an impressive start. Replete it with achievements, accolades and awards you have achieved, that most necessarily complement your work in the desired company.
A) Job Title That Draws in Attention:
What is the first thing the recruiter is going to notice?
Yes, your job title. A fetching title can hold on to the attention of the seeker inciting him to move further deep into your curriculum vitae. But be careful to encapsulate one or at the most two liner title and not more than that.
Let’s Look at a Real Situation Here:
Suppose a university has advertised for the position of Assistant Professor of Social Sciences.
Among piles of resumes, the recruiter comes across a particular title “Striving to fill the void of knowledge with education and wisdom in the society and world, and at the same time nurture and learn the sciences of individual relationship and society.”
This is the instance when it makes the title catchy enough to take it to the next level of scanning.
B) Career Objective that Summarizes Well:
It should be able to compile your objective and goal, and at the same time should be in-tune with the requirement of the company or university department to which you are applying. Write a specific career summary with keywords that will match.
Make lasting impression from the first sentence itself. The more lucidly you are able to demonstrate the better it is. Again, mind it that it should not be verbose and bulky.
Bring Yourself Forward Early:
Mention from the very beginning line, why you are the suitable candidate. State very clearly that you are the one who can actually be of service and justify the requirements of the job.
Self-Reflection is Necessary:
Deliberate on the following questions:
- What qualities that I have will do justice to the job?
- What are some of my singular qualities that came with the knowledge of my subject?
- What are my experiences and achievements that will help my CV to stand out?
It’s important to first reflect upon yourself. You know yourself better than anyone else. The way you write your resume can never be simulated by another person.
Summarize and Blend it Good With Your Summary:
This section comprises of your professional expertise, qualities and achievements. This is the very part where the recruiter might spare a bit more time deliberating your experience and expertise.
Comprise it with your exceptional qualities, for example, IT, scientific or humanities, interpersonal skills, etc.
Do not make your career summary verbose, filled with unnecessary verbs, adverbs and bland words. It should be to the specific point.
C) Accomplishments to Flaunt:
The next most important part is the accomplishments. The accolades and achievements that you have bagged are all your alone.
You have worked on projects, researched and networked to receive those achievements. In the process you have acquired knowledge and skill that you can put for show. Now, it is important to exhibit these laurels properly.
- Accomplishments Acquired
- Kind of Accomplishments
- Projects Undertaken
- Projects Accomplished
- Skills Acquired
- Relevant Skills
- Appraisals and achieved appraisals
D) Acquired Experiences? Well, Show Them:
The next important factor that comes in line is your work experience. You have obviously bagged accomplishments and skills from career options, but one particular thing that only you hold is your experience.
This experience has made you exceptional in a way how you handle work. It is necessary that you put your experience in coveted fashion that might force your recruiter to consider you.
It doesn’t matter how less experience you have, the key lies in how you portray it. You must be able to exceptionally depict it in your resume and if selected in your viva.
- The way you show experience depicts your ability to how well you can do a job.
- The company requires your experience so that it can make sure you can settle into the job more quickly and adeptly than any other candidate with little or no experience.
- Start writing about experience by adding in the dire consequences with which you started your first work experience.
- Mention about the gradual build-up you acquired.
- The Success you acquired with an increment in your experience.
E) Educational Qualifications Come Next in Line:
Starting from the first university you attended, the dates, degrees, certificates, training, etc., you need to mention everything that relates your academia.
- Align your education from the most recent to the erstwhile.
- Attach the details of certificates and degrees just below your University or College education.
- You can also add up internship experience or trainings if any.
Some Important Tips to Follow:
By following certain tips you can singularize your resume from others.
- Augment it with links to your website, blog or professional page.
- You can even add a quick response code or secret code which if scanned will redirect to one of your pages.
- Format your resume according to the needs of the job. Although it might demand major changes in the title and objective, yet it is a necessity for getting hired.
- Your name and contact should be evident and not drawn out from the mass of qualifications and expertise.
- You can specify your points with bullets, which will help in calling attention.
A well-proportioned resume celebrates your accomplishments and skills from the very beginning itself. It never waits till the recruiter reaches half way round your CV. With a gush of emerging competition in the market of candidates, it becomes more difficult to write a perfect resume, but by following the right plan, you can stir interest in your recruiter.
It is most important to first deliberate about yourself professionally, the qualities that you have acquired, the experience you have stacked, academic acquisitions you have conquered and then start writing.
Difficult vocabulary and exquisite language will only confuse your recruiter. Keep it simple to be understood. Just do your best and keep your fingers crossed; and among the chimes of uncertainty, you might possibly hear the “Hired” bell!