Via LifeHacker : Five Resume Writing Tips To Land You That Dream Role
Crafting an excellent resume is an artform, but it shouldn’t be an art piece. There are hundreds of tips and tricks to crafting the perfect page (or two) that showcases who you are and why you’re perfect for the role. I’ve had a wide range of varied roles over the years, in retail, writing and science, and here are five resume tips that helped me land an interview.
A Successful Layout
The #1 tip you’re likely to find anywhere is to ‘always start with your name and contact details at the top’. That’s great, but what comes next? I’ve often been told the next best thing to fit on your resume is a summary statement about who you are and what you want to achieve, but often, especially if you’re coming straight out of high school or a university degree, you lack the experience, which makes this comes across as unnecessary filler that is purely there to cover holes.
The way a resume looks is incredibly important. Once you’re past the name and contact details, I’d suggest getting straight into the skills section. On the other hand, if you’re lacking in professional experience, then get straight into the education section. You can always bring in your achievements in past roles here and remember to use numbers – numbers are so easy to process and give an employer a much better sense of how you’re likely to contribute to their team.
Show Off Your Skills
This is a tip that changed the way I looked at resumes – instead of just listing the skills you’ve obtained in previous employment, list how long you’ve been using them. I’ve often created lists of skills that start with things like ‘ advanced knowledge of’ or ‘experienced in’ but this doesn’t give an employer or hiring manager of anything tangible. What is an ‘advanced knowledge’? Instead, create a list of bullet points that demonstrates the length of time you’ve been putting those skills to good use. If you’ve been using Microsoft Excel for 17 years, it’s definitely worth letting your prospective employer know.
Lead With Your Education If You Lack Experience
It feels like it’s becoming harder and harder to get an entry-level job, as more positions ask for experienced employees, so fresh out of a degree you might feel like you’re already a step behind. That shouldn’t be the case. If you lack professional experience, the best thing to do is lead with your education or degree and include bullet points about the kind of skills you picked up in that degree and how long you were using them for. The explains that your lack of experience is a result of the fact you were studying, but also demonstrates that you understand how your recent education can benefit your employer.
Use A Simple And Minimalist Resume Design
Get rid of that ‘trying-to-land-in-the-Louvre’ nonsense and just deliver a straight-forward, factual account of your skills and expertise. Keep the formatting consistent but draw the reader’s eyes to the most important parts of the document using headings and bullet points. If an employer gets the feeling that you’re efficient, just from reading your resume, you’re halfway there. It also might seem obvious, but keep everything in the document left-aligned and don’t plonk boxes of information haphazardly just because you think it looks pretty. Repetition is a killer, too. You want to keep this thing to one page, if possible.
Customise Your Resume To The Role You Want
Even though the process is time-consuming, you should always tailor each resume to the job you are applying for. These days, the benefits of cover letters are If you think your resume feels generic and you’re using it to apply for multiple roles – then prospective employers will be able to see that too. This also means you should get rid of any ‘filler’, any previous employment experience that is of no relevance to the role you’re applying for. In my experience, if you’ve had a varied employment history then it’s easiest if you save a few different versions of your resume for the types of jobs you’re chasing and chop-and-change skills and employment history as needed.
Don’t Use A Resume At All
This isn’t necessarily the best option for every line of work, but there are certain positions that will reward an entirely different approach to a job application. There’s a real strength to using video because it succinctly gets across the idea of who you are and what you’re about in a much more easily digestible way. Could you do it when applying for a role as a chemical engineer? Probably, but it’s not going to be worth it. It’s just good to keep in mind that, in 2017, employers don’t want to be hit with a wall of text and successive pages of bullet points. Send a short video instead. Front-load it so that it’s immediately interesting. Explain why you want the job and showcase why you’re the best fit for it.
Once you’ve got a successful resume and you’ve made it to the interview stage, then you’re playing a whole different ball game. You can check out our tips for interviews here.
Via Stuff : How to craft the perfect CV for your new job
Decided it’s time to look for a new job?
Updating your CV or resume is typically the first step on the road to a new role. A succinct, polished document which highlights your qualifications, experience and achievements can help you stand out from the crowd when you’re applying for positions or tapping your network for opportunities.
Conversely, a document which is outdated, poorly formatted or which contains inappropriate or irrelevant information can send your application to the bottom of every recruiter’s pile.
So what should you omit from your CV to increase your attractiveness to potential employers? Here are some tips on what to consign to the circular file.
Keep it professional
According to careers specialist Edwin Trevor-Roberts, your CV should paint a picture of who you are professionally and you’ll up your appeal across the board if you avoid providing personal information. Think age, race, religion, marital status, trade union membership, the reason you left previous positions and anything else that may discriminate against you.
No photos please
For the same reason, photographs are a no-no, even if they’re professionally taken and you’re looking your very sharpest, Glide Outplacement and Career Coaching principal Simon Bennett says.
“Employers do not need to know your hair colour, height or weight, ethnicity or any disabilities you have,” Bennett explains.
“Not only do they not need to know, they really don’t want to know. Many will ignore resumes with photos, to avoid claims of discrimination. If they are interested, they can look up your LinkedIn profile.”
Ban the buzzword
Think a CV littered with jargon and buzzwords will convince potential employers your experience is cutting edge? Time to get ruthless with the red pen, advises recruiter Jarrad Skeen.
“A lot of the time people feel they need to put in every buzzword, especially in technology, so they pop up on the search engine,” Skeen explains.
“They may say there are things they’ve got experience in and they don’t or they’ll list all the different acronyms, so they come up on a search.
“They’re trying to create a bit of a catch-all document but really all that [does] is it takes away from what their true value proposition is and acts as a distraction more so than it does add any value.”
Not so strong
Everyone believes they’re conscientious, hardworking, ethical and a great team player with excellent people skills. But saying it doesn’t make it so and unless you have definitive proof, it’s best to leave those calls to others. A shopping list of your (self-assessed) strengths and qualities won’t convince a potential employer you’re any of those things and may leave the impression you’ve a few too many tickets on yourself.
“Two pages of an individual telling me how great they are at a whole range of things is subjective and doesn’t serve any purpose,” adds Skeen.
Hold the hobbies
Including a list of hobbies or interests on the end of your CV used to be common practice, but it won’t necessarily add to your appeal.
“Your love of hiking, reading or football is not relevant to how you perform professionally,” Bennett says. “If you want to demonstrate your varied interests and good work in the community, save it for the interview.”
Well-credentialled referees who are able to attest to your experience and abilities will strengthen your CV. Friends and colleagues who haven’t worked with you directly or don’t have the knowledge to evaluate your professional expertise, not so much. If they don’t appear credible, don’t include them, Skeen advises.
Tempted to outsource the writing to a professional who can talk up your talents and toss in some terminology to make your background sound seriously impressive? Don’t, Trevor-Roberts advises: the best document is a DIY job.
“You know yourself best so do not have someone else write your resume,” he says. “You have to defend the contents and know what’s in it in order to talk about it in the interview.
“Getting guidance and advice is beneficial but not writing – there needs to be a cohesiveness between the written word and the spoken word.”
Aside from striking a more authentic note, doing it yourself provides another big benefit, Trevor-Roberts adds.
“Once you’ve done this, you’ve done 70 per cent of the preparation for the interview,” he says. “The achievements you list can be turned into answers for interview questions.”
– Sydney Morning Herald
Via McKnight’s : Resume tips for the 2017 job seeker
Six seconds. That’s all the attention your resume will get from a hiring manager before they put it in the “no, thanks” versus the “deserves-a-closer-look” pile. Those that are passing muster these days are stripped-down versions of their past selves that are packed with must-have content. More importantly, they are completely free of anything unnecessary (even redundant words like “phone” in front of what is clearly a phone number). Here, healthcare recruiters share the most current resume tips.
Everyone knows that qualifications, accomplishments, relevant experience, education, certifications, and professional affiliations must be included. Contact information is a must, too, but even here less is more. An email address and cell phone number is all that’s needed. Where people tend to go wrong is everything else they include.
Remove anything that can be used to discriminate against you. Leaving out religious and political views would be pretty standard, but what about graduation or certification dates? This is not as clear cut, and can be job specific. For example if it is clear the employer is looking for highly-experienced, seasoned professionals, and you are, ahem, well-seasoned, leave them in. However, generally speaking, many healthcare recruiters recommend leaving dates out altogether and focusing on experience.
Unless you are changing industries in a way that deserves some explanation, you do not need to include an “objective.” They know why you are applying – you want the job!
Hiring managers are tired of people who are “people pleasers,” who “think out of the box” and are “very organized.” Rather than using descriptive words, give examples with real data, and leave the judgement up to the reader.
Remember, speed is of the essence here. Anything that slows down the reader stands in your way of the job. Personal pronouns? They know it’s all about you, so cut them. No need to waste a line telling them you’ll supply references – they know you will. Hobbies? Keep them to yourself.
Even if it’s only been a few years since your last resume overhaul, you will benefit from giving it a fresh look with these guidelines in mind. Good luck and happy job hunting!
Via INC : 85 Percent of Job Applicants Lie on Resumes. Here’s How to Spot a Dishonest Candidate
A new study shows huge increase in lies on job applications.
According to HireRight’s 2017 employment screening benchmark report, 85 percent of employers caught applicants fibbing on their résumés or applications, up from just 66 percent five years ago.
Given we have the lowest unemployment rate in a decade, you have to wonder why people would feel the need to lie. Well, here’s why.
Employer Applicant Tracking Systems Expect an Exact Match
Most companies use some form of applicant tracking system (ATS) to take in résumés, sort through them, and narrow down the applicant pool. With the average job posting getting more than 100 applicants, recruiters don’t want to go bleary-eyed sorting through them. Instead, they let the ATS do the dirty work by telling it to pass along only the résumés that match their specific requirements for things like college degrees, years of experience, and salary expectations. The result? Job seekers have gotten wise to the finicky nature of the technology and are lying on their résumés and applications in hopes of making the cut.
3 Ways Recruiters Spot a Liar
The problem with lying on a résumé is that the odds of getting caught are high. Especially when recruiters are wise to the fact that so many people fib on their résumés. Many recruiters are skilled enough to do simple searches on social media to determine if a candidate’s résumé is accurate. But even if dishonest candidates slip through the initial screening process, here’s how recruiters spot a liar before they hire:
- Using behavioral interviewing techniques. By asking detailed questions about a candidate’s work experience, recruiters can tell by the depth of the response if the person is lying. For example, if a candidate claims to have 10 years’ experience as a team leader, the recruiter will ask for examples of how the person has hired, trained, and even fired talent. The quality of the responses will show if the experience is real.
- Purchasing an online background check. Detailed reports can be purchased to validate past work experience, degrees acquired, wages earned, criminal records, whether certifications are current, and much more. Companies would rather pay to find out now if a candidate is lying than to have something bad happen on the job.
- Backdoor reference checks. Some recruiters research and secretly contact ex-colleagues of a candidate to inquire about his or her performance. Their goal is to speak to someone NOT recommended to them by the candidate, since most references have been coached to say only good things. Instead, the backdoor reference catches the unassuming colleague off-guard and provides the recruiter with a way to validate what the candidate claims to have done on past jobs.
Once recruiters find out a candidate has lied, one thing is certain–the person is marked in the ATS as a “do not hire,” and this ruins any chances of that person getting a job with the company.
No Need to Lie. Just Network!
Studies show 80 percent of jobs are gotten via referral. Many companies offer their employees hefty referral bonuses as incentives for referring good candidates to their jobs. By making friends with employees on networking sites like LinkedIn, job seekers can demonstrate how their personalities and aptitude are a match for the employer. This makes not having an exact match in experience less of an issue. When an employee walks down the hall to the recruiter and says, “I spoke to this guy and he seems like he might fit in,” the chances skyrocket that he’ll get a phone call. Now the candidate has the opportunity to share how he or she is qualified for the role, in spite of not having the exact requirements.
Via CNBC : A former LinkedIn employee says these 5 resume tips can help you land a better job early in your career
Scoring a first job out of college is one of the biggest hurdles for young professionals. The next hurdle comes when it’s time move up in rank. At this point, employees are at the awkward stage where they have some entry level experience but have not yet reached mid-career.
Leela Srinivasan, CMO at recruiting software company Lever and former director of marketing at job site LinkedIn, says making that jump to more senior level positions is tied to your resume and work experience.
Here are five resume tips that 20-somethings should use to land a better job early in their career:
1. Find a contact at the company you’re applying to
When applying for your next job, don’t rely on a general online application because it’s the least efficient method, Srinivasan tells CNBC Make It. Out of all the various modes of applying to a job, only one in 100 candidates is ever hired, she says. For applicants applying through general applications, especially for larger companies, their odds drop to one in 152.
Srinivasan suggests finding a better way to engineer yourself into a company. One way is by being proactively sourced, which is when a recruiter reaches out to a candidate. Being sourced increases your chances of getting hired to one in 72, she says.
Yet the most efficient way to snag a better job is through an employee referral. The chances of getting hired through this method climbs to one in 16. “Clearly the most effective next step for someone seeking a promotion or a new role is so figure out who you know at the company,” says Srinivasan. “Referrals help you self-engineer your introduction into the HR inbox.”
In fact, referrals are almost 10 times more efficient at getting a candidate hired than sending in an application, according to Lever data.
2. Boost your online resume and cover letter
Your online resume and cover letter are just as important as your hard copy, says Srinivasan: “Linkedin remains an incredibly popular place for recruiters to get their next hire.”
Young professionals should fully optimize their online resume, detail their accomplishments and always have a fleshed out LinkedIn profile so it shows up in searches for recruiters.
Srinivasan points out that online resumes should be consistently up-to-date even if you’re not seeking a new job or promotion. Why? Because a vast majority of employees that recruiters reach out to are not actively looking for, or thinking about securing, a new job.
This means that your next new job or leadership role could come when you least expect it.
3. Highlight your leadership skills clearly
If you’re looking for a promotion to a leadership or management role, clearly express the experience you have and how it pertains to the position, says Srinivasan. “Do you have direct reports? Have you influenced a large group? Spell out that you’ve taken that next step in responsibility.”
She adds that applicants with less experience should detail how they have effectively led a group in prior positions and show that they have equivalent experience in some way.
Srinivasan says that it’s also important to cater your resume to the type of company you’re applying to. A startup, for example, will want a leader that’s more hands-on while a larger legacy company will expect you to be more strategic and tactical.
4. Navigate the online resume system by using keywords
Larger organizations typically use an online database to screen resumes, says Srinivasan. If an application has a list of required skills, it’s important to prominently display the skills that you genuinely have.
Oftentimes, recruiters and HR directors will search for keywords based on the job listing so if those keywords are not noted on your application, your resume will not be viewed.
Srinivasan gives the following examples of areas where you can insert relevant words: 1. Detail how you have executed or driven execution on a project. 2. Discuss your success stories and the role you played in a professional collaboration. 3. Explain how you make key decisions.
All the while, make sure that you are relating the experiences that you have back to the job advert, she says.
5. Include the human element to be memorable
Srinivasan says that although most companies using online application systems, it is important to remember that “you’re submitting your resume to a human” at the final stage. In a nutshell, find a way to connect with the hiring manager.
Srinivasan says a great way to do this is to include a line or two about your interests. When discussing interests applicants should go beyond the typical, such as “I like running and hiking.”
For example, if you’re someone who enjoys cooking, you should let the HR person know the extent of your interest. You can say: I enjoy cooking Indian feasts for large groups of my friends, she says.
Including this final “golden nugget” not only makes your content more memorable but it “injects a bit of character and creates a conversation starter in an interview,” says Srinivasan. “Always give them something to hang onto.”