What is the exact purpose of your resume?
The goal does not sanctify the device, but it does define it anyway. Research has shown that the clearer and more accurate the formulation of this goal, the more effective we can be.
Why do we write a resume? Why do we upload it? What is the exact purpose of your resume? Many would respond to this, “to get the job chosen.” Indeed, this is the ultimate goal, but what is the function of a resume in the job acquisition process? Make a good impression? Introduce our way of life? Shed light on our capabilities? No.
The sole purpose of the CV is to get us a personal meeting and an interview. Based on this, we can immediately know which resume is good and which is not. If invited, the resume we sent or uploaded was good. This makes resume writing simpler, easy to determine (keeping in mind the purpose) what is worth writing in, what is not. Let’s ask ourselves the question: By writing this (the specific thing), are they more or less invited to the interview? If the answer is no, then that thing has nothing to look for in our resume.
6 tips to consider when writing a resume
1. No rules
Anything that helps you achieve our goal – getting the interview – is allowed. Of course, this does not mean that we can ignore the habits of a particular industry or firm. On the contrary: it is advisable to create a resume that meets the expectations of that firm and position because if we are very different, they will not be invited.
For example, it is usually a good idea to apply to a bank for a more conservative, traditional content and format application. For an advertising agency, form-breaking solutions may also be winning.
From the above, it is impossible to make an excellent resume sample, as everyone has a different story, strength, and vision, and every company and position is different. The better our resume fits the style of a particular company, the more likely it is that they will be invited to meet the expectations of the job advertised – that is, the better our resume will be.
2. Think of the recruiter’s head
There are no companies. Some people decide based on our resume whether to invite them for an interview or not. That is, our resume should be attractive and interesting to them. Before we start writing, think about it, if we were to hire someone for that position, what information would we look for in your resume?
Keep in mind that selection professionals are usually overwhelmed, have little time, but often have to review many resumes. Let’s help them! Let’s have the essentials to say initially, the important (and pertinent) things to be highlighted. Let’s give a convincing answer to your question, why should I call this particular person? There is no objective selection. No matter how much companies may strive for it, subjective judgment decides under the same conditions.
3. Simplicity helps
Use the simplest possible format. The point is easy transparency. It’s good to have an aesthetic, nicely arranged resume (first impression matters here too); line patterns, graphics, or strange fonts are confusing in most cases.
Usually two pages for a maximum of one resume, we always provide only relevant, targeted information. Of the personal data, it is advisable to provide only the basics, but it is good if our contact information is included on all pages (e.g. in the header).
Aware that recruiters spend an average of 10-120 seconds reviewing a resume, information relevant to the reader must be easy to find.
The danger of simply filling in the downloaded CV samples is that using them will make your application uncharacteristic. This is exactly what we want to avoid – we want to make it interesting and memorable.
4. Curriculum vitae is an advertisement and not a document
When we want to get a job, it is as if we want to sell a product, that is, a service. We want to exchange our time and knowledge for money (benefits). In this process, a resume is part of our marketing; it’s like a flyer. Although many people want to refer to it as an official document, the resume is not. A resume is marketing material. This is not to say that we can write anything (such as a lie): companies that provide false information do not get too far in business. Within the limits of our possibilities, we draw the attention of employers to ourselves positively and essentially.
Our photo can also be a means of attracting attention. In general, it’s good to put a photo in your resume, but choose it carefully. For this purpose, it is best to take a picture with a professional portrait photographer, to whom we will tell you what jobs we want to apply for and what effect we want to create with it.
5. Looking for Results
When someone reads a candidate’s resume, they look for the answer to the question and evidence of whether that candidate can solve the company’s specific problems. The starting point is that someone successful somewhere, who has completed a similar task, is more likely to succeed again.
“I’m a creative, good problem solver, a team player looking for challenges.” Anyone can say that. More effective than that, we write, “I played a key role as a member of a team of four in designing and implementing a nationwide marketing campaign that increased sales by 24%.”
It is better to list the results we have rather than list the results we have achieved, which can be quantified and compared.
6. When no one reads
Most CVs are now sent to employers electronically. We will upload or email your application to the companies. Many companies process applications electronically, which means that no one reads the incoming documents but automatically uploads them to the company’s database.
Among the data in the database, employers search according to the criteria that are important to them. Think carefully about which category to choose and what keywords to enter! This is a new aspect that is definitely worth considering when formulating our resume. When uploading the data, enter many technical terms and keywords related to our profession and field as possible.
Take this seriously, and this is what employers can easily find. Put in every word, phrase (possibly both inflected and inflected) that may be related in some way to the positions we’re targeting.