Curriculum vitae and resume to land a job
In your opinion, what are the important points to take note of when writing a stunning CV or resume in order to secure a job? Since many HR officer stated that most job seeker does not even shortlisted for an interview not because of their skills and experience but due to a poor CV. Besides, does a recruiter help in job seeking?
Showcase critical thinking, problem solving, project management, team leadership, etc. for relevant skills for the role by:
- Identifying the issue
- Discussing your analytics
- Defining your strategy or plan
- Measuring the results
Essentially, it’s using a logical flow of showcasing your skills to execute behaviors that delivers results. Focus on the “how”.
It depend on what company are you applying for. If you are applying for a job in business or marketing industry, the resume should be stylish and catchy. If you are applying for a job in a academic or research industry, the resume should be as details as possible which includes all your past experience and expertise. In a nut shell, it depend on what you are applying for!
I believe that the automatic systems that read and filter CVs play a central role in having skilled and qualified candidates being rejected. The CV should be written in a way that such systems will read it correctly. The automatic systems are used by HR recruiters due to the huge number of applicants. Take for example LinkedIn, a job post for a Project Manager will attract m ore than 1000 applicants in the first week. We cannot expect the job poster to go through all these CVs.
After passing the automatic system screening, your CV needs to pass the HR manager screening. HR managers spend very short time on a CV. Therefore the CV should be written in a way that highlight the candidates capability to handle the job requirements. A cover letter can play a vital role in this process since the applicant can summarize why he/she is suitable for the job post.
Keep it short , at max 2 pages. On top make sure you add few technology keywords, followed by your experinece. Most of the recureter and HR manager hardly spend 30 sec on a resume and they skim through resume in Z track. Means starting from left to right and then move to right bottom to look for relevant experience.