13 Tips To Create an Unbeatable Resume in 2017 – guest post by Abhyank Srinet
On an average, a corporate recruiter receives around 250 resumes for a single opening.
According to Workpolis, only the top 2% of the applicants get an interview call.
If you are still on the lookout for your dream job, this statistic might not cheer you up.
But we know what will!
After consulting with a group of seasoned recruiters, we came up with a definitive guide of what will make your resume stand out in the cookie-clutter market of jobseekers.
Check out this infographic on 23 tips to create the perfect resume of 2017 which will help you in landing your dream job!
Here is the breakdown of all things that you should you about creating unbeatable resumes:
1. Simplistic Format
- Your resume should fit within a page. Employers don’t have the time or patience to go through lengthy content.
- A 2 page resume is justified only for people with more than 10 years of work-experience.
- Don’t over-complicate it with by using watermarks, designs and graphics on it.
- Use standard fonts such as Calibri, Garamond, Trebuchet MS, Georgia, and Helvetica. These fonts are legible and will give a fluid look to your resume.
- Use a single font throughout your resume.
- Fonts such as Calibri, Garamond, Trebuchet MS, Georgia, and Helvetica are considered to be the most legible of the lot.
3. No Paragraphs
- The purpose of a bullet point is to make the data easily skimmable and give an idea of the impact that you created through your work.
- No one likes reading through chunks of data & recruiters are no exception.
- Use bullets to organize your data.
- Ideally, 4-5 bullet points should suffice for a single experience.
- Keep the bullets concise — each bullet should not exceed two lines.
4. Quantify your achievements
- You can optimize your bullet points by mentioning facts and quantifiable achievements.
- Employers do not like reading vague responsibilities like “Part of XYZ marketing project”, instead you can talk about your undertaken responsibilities and outcomes that you achieved in that job-role.
Not Quantifying Achievements: Responsible for making a marketing plan for a new product and successfully launching it in the market.
Quantifying Achievements: Developed strategic marketing plan to introduce product into international and domestic markets, launch exceeded forecasts by 17%.
5. Content Filtering
- Don’t waste valuable real estate in trying to fit every experience into the resume. (Remember the one page rule?)
- Here are some of the data that you can skip:
- Objective : It is no longer relevant in the current market. It states intent, not quantifiable results and hence it looks redundant on the page.
- References : It is advisable to send it in a separate document.
- Experiences Irrelevant to your job profile: If you are applying for a business analytics profile, adding your 6 month stint as a musician will serve no purpose.
6. Content Filtering Technique: The “So-What” Test
- How do you filter out which content makes it to the final draft of the resume?
- Put your experiences through the ‘So what?’ test to check whether the point highlights your capability.
Helped new trainees with learning company procedures.
Conducted training program for new trainees, which decreased average
Ramp up time by 12%.
7. Action Words To Attract Attention
- Think of skimming through a resume and coming across word such as “Was, Did, and Made”, as opposed to “Managed, Spearheaded and Created” and you will see the difference.
- Additionally, a lot of companies use automated scanning software’s which specifically look for Action words.
- Pro-Tip: Avoid using vague terms like – Team player, Hard worker, Detail oriented, Thinks outside the box, etc.
Responsible for inventory control and ordering products.
Optimized inventory by 35% by monitoring product shortages
6. Resume Language
- Do not use fancy words and technical jargons.Your resume will be going through the hands of several people right from the HR to the project manager and the content has to be understandable for everyone.
- Voice: Avoid passive language as much as possible. Using the passive voice gives an impression that the subject is acted upon by something else..Write the resume using active voice. It will add ownership to all the accomplishments that you have listed.
- When talking about earlier Jobs and responsibilities held; always refer to them in the past tense.
- Use present tense for your current roles & responsibilities.
8. Supplementary Courses & Certifications
- If you cannot enroll in a full-time course , you have a lot of virtual alternatives that you can use to improve your subject knowledge.
- Most of them are free with a paid option for a verified certificate.
- You can find a host on MOOCs on EDx, Coursera, Harvard Open Courses.
- Tailor your interests section according to your job profile.
- If your job requires you to be an outgoing and good team player, mentioning that you played Basketball at State-level is a good option.
- Knitting, binge watching sitcoms, playing chess etc. is not.
10. Volunteering Activities
- Companies tend to look favourably on community development projects.
- They endorse your ability to work within teams and outside the corporate culture.
- Include any fellowships, full-time or part-time volunteering projects that you may have undertaken in your life.
11. Reverse Chronological Order
- Your current job role comes first followed by previous job/internships/ Projects/Freelance-Work.
- A reverse chronological format highlights your upward career progression.
- It also helps you in filtering your content . You might get a better clarity if you want to skip out experiences that you had more than 6 years ago.
12. Gap Years
- If you have a few months of gap period between two consecutive jobs, you can make it less of an issue by eliminating the start and end dates of the previous jobs in the work-ex section.
- Just mention the year for each of the jobs. If asked during the interview, be honest about it.
- Make sure you mention any volunteer work, skills that you have picked up during the gap period.
- The worst impression you can make via an otherwise perfectly presented resume, is by having sloppy grammar and frequent spelling mistakes.
- Hence it is important that you run your resume through spell checkers such as Grammarly, as well as have 2-3 people proofread your resume. You will be surprised how many errors you can miss out on.
A resume is the first impression that your potential recruiter will have of you, so make your that your resume sells the right story.
You do not get a second impression to make a first impression.
The above tips have been tried and tested over hundreds of applicants and are guaranteed to exponentially increase your chances of getting an interview call for your dream job.
Now go get that job you were eyeing!