A resume, perhaps the most integral part of the hiring process today, not only helps recruiters determine your eligibility but achieve a deeper understanding of your skills, strengths, and experience. According to research, recruiters take about six seconds to make their initial judgment on a resume. Here’s what you need to keep in mind to stand out from the competition:
- Personalization is key
DO: Format your resume so that it’s customized to the position you are applying for. You can seem to appear lazy if you use the same format for multiple positions in the same organization.
DON’T: Create a resume that is more than 2-page long. Eliminate irrelevant details such as age, race, gender, and marital status, or unrelated work experience. While a descriptive resume may look impressive, it is likely to be less effective.
- Keep it short and simple
DO: Use the CAR Rule (Challenge. Action. Results) while writing the summary, experience, and achievements. Quantify your results wherever possible. Ensure your summary “sells” to the recruiter - keep it short and easy to read.
DON’T: Overuse vocabulary or business jargon. Technical acronyms can sometimes be a distraction.
- Highlight relevant skills
Today most Fortune 500 companies filter resumes using an applicant tracking system before they ever make it to a human hiring manager. Highlighting keywords can help get your resume past screening software or recruitment bots.
DON’T: Lie about or exaggerate your accomplishments. Integrity and ethics are a very integral and important aspect of your professional life.
- Follow a recent-to-past timeline
DO: Ensure your current and most recent roles are on the first page. Showcase how your two most recent two jobs are relevant to the position you are applying to. Also, use section headers strategically to help them spot key information easily.
DON’T: Place your education above your experience, unless you are a fresher.
- Evoke an emotion with your personal brand
DO: Mention personal projects, hobbies, sports, or voluntary work that you participate in. Ensure to add contact details that include links to social media profiles and highlight your online presence to enhance your personal brand.
DON’T: Mention activities that might stereotype you. Explaining anything in detail will take away the focus from the bottom-line: You.
Research shows that even the most self-aware recruiters have unconscious biases.
For 17 years, Cogent Infotech Corporation has worked with 65+ Fortune 500 companies, and 70+ government agencies, delivering an economic impact of over $500 million through digital transformation and consulting projects in the USA.