This post is by Dinesh Goel, Co-Founder & CEO, Aasaanjobs
Any candidate, irrespective of experience, usually comes across that one tedious task of updating their curriculum vitae (CV) or resumes while looking for a new job. Most of them take the easy route by following a standard template taken off from the internet, and try to fill one or two pages with everything they have accomplished in life. They put all their hopes in actually getting called for an interview and then getting a chance to explain everything they have done so far.
However, in reality, it does not work that way. Nowadays, with rampant competition seen across multifarious sectors and industries, it has become extremely important for job aspirants to stay au courant of latest hiring trends, and update their CVs to improve their chances of securing a good job. While there has been some improvement on this front via various online recruitment platforms that are transforming the overall employment scenario in the country, it still boils down to which candidate has the better resume.
Consider this: If you were to visit any good job portal in the country and find a suitable job, there will still be a strong possibility that over hundred other job seekers may have already applied for that job role. In such cases, what is the incentive for the HR at that company to even look over your resume, let alone call you for an interview?
In order to help you make your resume stand out among others, we have come up with a list of rules that can guide you in building the perfect CV:
Get the Basics Right – Ripping off that standard template for CVs from the internet is perfectly okay as long as you keep it simple and to the point. Avoid using fancy designer resume templates unless you are actually applying for a job in graphic designing. Make sure you use a simple format with a simple font, bullet points, readable font size, bold headings, and perfect indentation. Double check to remove any spelling or grammatical errors. Remember, nothing puts off a recruiter more than a resume that doesn’t have these basics in place. Do this well, and we assure you that unless someone has already been hired for the job you want, the recruiter will definitely give your CV a quick glance.
Now let’s move on to getting the most out of that 10 second glance.
Customize your resume – The single biggest mistake almost every job seeker makes is sending out the same resume for every job. If you’re trying to play the quantity game by sending out the same resume to hundreds of companies every day, then you need to know that building a CV or resume is all about quality.Go through the job description and spend a little bit of time customizing your resume to perfectly fit that role. A lot of times recruiters will just glance through your resume to find some keywords from the job description and if they find them on yours, you’re already very close to getting an interview.Use the same keywords as the job description if possible, however, keep it factual. No recruiter would appreciate it if a candidate fails to demonstrate at least some of the skills mentioned in his/her CV during the interview.
Focus on Experience – Unless you’re a fresher who is applying for a job for the first time, the education section of your CV needs to move to the bottom of the page. The main focus has to been on your experience, starting with your last job all the way down to your first. Keep in mind that if you are someone with over a decade of experience in different companies then you need to remove less important roles you’ve been in, and highlight the prominent ones.
Use Numbers – Try to quantify your work as much as possible. For example,
- Option 1: Used affiliate channels to decrease the overall cost per lead.
- Option 2: Used affiliate channels to decrease the overall cost per lead by 35% over a span of 2 months.
I think we can safely say that option 2 will do a much better job at projecting you as a worthy candidate to the recruiter as the figures will serve as concrete evidence of your abilities.
Add a cover letter – Even if you are not asked for it, try sending in a cover letter with your application. It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to be an 800 word essay. In few lines, write a crisp note on why the HR of the company you are applying to needs to look at your CV, and what you bring to the table. Consider your cover letter to be your 30 second elevator pitch to the recruiter and write accordingly.
We hope these tips help you get noticed by top recruiters across the country. Good luck with the job hunting!
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