Six things to Include in Your Resume
While scanning through thousands of resumes, recruiters look for some basic information about your profile. Here are seven things, which will make your profile stand out:
Technical skills – You may have gained several skills and mastered different technologies and platforms in past or current roles. Highlighting your key skills at the right time and in the right context on your resume will help you get noticed. Your technical expertise must be logically divided into the following sections on your resume.
Job title – Include your current designation within the professional summary. This will inform the recruiter about your present role and will guide him to evaluate you for the right role in their organization. Also include sections describing previous companies, roles and responsibilities, and the location of your last employer.
Awards and accomplishments – Won “The Best Project Manager for 2016-17” certificate at your company? Managed to lower paid campaign costs by 15 percent within six months? Remember to include your career highlights while drafting your resume. Include statistics or measurable results to back up your achievements. This will help employers understand how you can contribute to their organization.
Certifications – Include a dedicated section that describes advanced certifications and training that you have gained. For example, as a delivery manager, if you are also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), mentioning it in your resum
e will give you additional brownie points. If you are a project manager who’s pursuing a Project Management Professional certification, include that under your list of certifications as “Pursuing PMP®”.
Soft skills – According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, strong work ethics, dependability, positive attitude, ability to work in a team, and being proactive as well as self-motivated are some of the most valued soft skills that employers look for. A few other in-demand soft skills which you should consider adding into your resume are your communication skills, critical thinking abilities, organizational skills, and adaptability quotient.
Contact information – Include your email addre
ss and phone number at the top of your resume after your name. Also, be sure to follow these tips before sharing your contact details: Create a formal email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org if your current address is too playful, such as johnthejuggler @gmail.com. Share your personal number – Phone numbers on the resume are for the recruiter to call you directly. Refrain from offering multiple contact numbers.
Five things to take off your resume
Personal information – Avoid including personal details such as your height, weight, date of birth, marital status, general hobbies, and religion.
Irrelevant work experiences – Avoid including details about work experiences which are not related to your current role or the role you’re seeking. For example, you may have started your career as a cook, but have now stepped into the IT industry. Mentioning your cooking experience in your resume while applying for a senior consultant role does not add any value and is best left out.
Outdated skills – While emphasizing your strengths is key, talking about skills or technologies which are obsolete is a strict “no.” For example, saying that you are proficient in Visual FoxPro will not impress the recruiter; neither will it better your chances of clearing the interview. Instead, enroll for courses on latest technologies from renowned training institutes and show it off on your resume.
Career objective – Crafting an objective filled with flowery language and some buzzwords might not impress hiring managers. Describe your career objective with a one-line summary of your work experience.
Grammatical slips and spelling mistakes – Your resume is your first impression to the recruiter, so it must be error-free. After you have written your resume, take time to go through each sentence and correct any grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. Asking a friend with a good eye for grammar to give your resume a second look is greatly recommended. According to a study done by CareerBuilder, more than 60 percent of recruiters disqualify a profile if it contains a typo. In fact, a research by Adecco indicates that 43 percent of recruiters do not consider candidates whose resume has a single spelling mistake.
Courtesy: Akshatha Kamath