Let’s begin this paper by looking at one of the most important aspects of resume writing, the recruiter. The recruiter is arguably one of, if not the most important parts of resume writing.
The job market of today is exceedingly competitive. The job market finds itself in this state of bombardment because of new forms of technology to submit your interests. Recruiters can, at times, receive up dozens if not hundreds of different applications. This makes the job market a very harsh environment. It also means the best way to eliminate the large amount of resumes you get is to simply begin discarding the less attractive applications.
It should also be known that a sizable human-resources department will often use applicant tracking systems. An applicant tracking system is a form of software that will automatically sift through applications for keywords. If your application doesn’t meet the interests of the tracking system, it will be automatically discarded. Although you may appreciate your resume, it can be tossed in the trash before a person even reads it.
What is ultimately accepted by the system will then be read by the recruiter. Any resumes that make it to this point will be glanced at by the recruiter and read rather quickly. The resume you create may be reviewed in less than a few seconds.
The first thing you should know is that your resume should be engineered relative to the career you’re interested in attaining. You can do this most effectively by taking your time to appreciate the job description. Try and add key words pertaining to what the employer might be interested in seeing.
There are common mistakes that applicants often make when designing a resume. Here I will give a few examples of mistakes individuals commonly make when writing their applications or resume.
Avoid references. References just don’t garner the interest that you might think they would. It’s likely that just like much of the resume you’ve designed, it will not be read. It might potentially distract from more important aspects of your resume. If the employer is interested, he’ll come to you asking for references.
Avoid an objective. It wasn’t uncommon to list an objective in the past, but today it’s possible that an employer could discard your resume if you have one. The reason for this is that the job market has grown more competitive. You have less immediate sway over the employer because he will often have an overwhelming number of alternatives.
Avoid personal information. Age, religion, gender, etc. Unless stated otherwise, it’s generally not necessary to share this information in the resume. You should focus on information that is relevant to the career you’re trying to get.
Avoid overdone formatting. The resume you’re creating should be easy to read and easily comprehensible. If you have out of place or incompressible formatting it can be off-putting to an employer. He doesn’t want to read anything terribly flashy, he wants a resume that’s easily digestible.
You might be asking yourself at this point, what should I put in my resume? Well, I’ll give some examples.
The most blatant example is your education. Your standard of education can be important to the employer.
You should always include your contact information. Make sure to list your address, name, etc. Your phone number and email. You want to give your employer a viable way means contacting you back.
Employment history. This should be straightforward in a chronological format. You should list your current and recent positions. Include necessary details such as the job title, name of your employer, and location. The date you began and ended each position will be important as well.
You may also include other alternative positions too. This can include volunteer work, military service, etc. If you believe this information to be a boon to you, or relevant to the position you desire.
Another important aspect of a resume is the cover letter, which not only introduces applicants to the employer, but also enables him to highlight his professional qualities and achievements.
There is no end-all means or definitive answer to resume writing. The best thing you can do is try and be flexible. You cover letter will also have to be revised to take advantage of potential positions.