10 steps toward a great resumé
It’s hard for programmers to allocate enough time to create a great resumé. This is why we are providing a practical guide on how to design your resume to get hired by the best companies.
1. Include a URL to be able to see the candidate’s profile online
It is important that professionals have an online profile. 86% of Human Resource managers seek candidates on the web.
2. Do not include a statement of objectives
Expressions such as the following are used a lot and, according to experts, are too generic: “In search of opportunities that allow me to develop and use my skills.”
It is advisable to replace this phrase by an explanation of what you are, what you are looking for, and the exact value you can bring as a professional.
3. Reverse chronological order
What is most useful for recruiters is to be able to see quickly what you did in recent years. It’s better to go in reverse chronological order, except when you want to make a complete career change.
4. Use the right keywords
Most people are unaware that many HR departments are already using some type of software to look for certain keywords in the resumes they receive.
In the example recorded by Negocios1000.com, important terms are “foresight” and “strategic planning”. This means that if the company is looking for a specialist in strategic planning and uses software, out of 1000 resumes there may be only 5 that include those words.
5. Provide a description of the company (if it benefits you)
It’s not the same to be manager of a company of 5 employees or to have led a company of 350.
In the second case, make sure that this is well documented in your resumé. The same goes for leadership or relevant work within a specialty.
6. Quantify your achievements
A large part of the mistakes made when sending a resume is to put the achievements in blocks, with high word density.
Regardless of how many awards you have achieved, try listing only between 3 to 5.
Instead of pointing out that you sold US$300,000 during the year in which you worked somewhere, indicate that since your arrival, and thanks to your role in the company, sales increased by 20%.
7. Use the empty space
The white spaces in your resume help the important points stand out to the recruiter, so use them to your advantage and do not put important information in dense blocks.
8. Format simplicity
It is advised not to use colors or less common font types. In the example, you can see how the resume is depicted in a minimalist and traditional fashion, which says a lot about the applicant.
9. Do not include references
We must avoid listing unnecessary things. If the recruiter wants references, he will not ask you for them. He will seek them himself.
10. Don’t use images
We’ve found mixed opinions for this statement.
Although specialists from “The Ladder” recommend not to use photos, others say it is the most important part of the resume and, according to most recruiters, is where they first direct their eyes.
Translation: Andrew More / Gino Ferrand