A resume is arguably the most important part of the job-search jigsaw. Those who use it smartly get ahead in their goals of landing the right positions. So why not try and optimize your resume for maximum impetus.
This post is intended for job seekers with at least 3-6 years work-experience. We are going to be talking about your resume and, especially, the employment/work experience section of your resume. Fresher job seekers can also gain from this post as a lot of students graduate with substantial voluntary/internship work experience these days.
Outlined here is a list of seven tips that’ll create immediate good impression in the eyes of any potential recruiter. Most resumes lack some or most of these.
Average Length of Employment at One Job – This is invariably the first thing that gets noticed by a recruiter. Nobody wants to hire a quick-hopper who changes jobs often. If that’s the actual case in your resume, make sure you explain that aptly in your cover letter.
Title/Designation at Each Position– Well, you will have to write actual designations, in some cases your ex-employer might allow you to use a more glorified title in your resume. For example, instead of ‘telesales operator’ you could say ‘Product Sales Executive’, ‘B2B Sales Executive’.
Responsible To/Reporting To– Another metric to ascertain how high you worked in your past corporation is to find out who did you report to. Again, as in the previous point you need to make it to sound attractive. So, if you were a sales executive and reported to a sales manager weekly and sales director yearly, you could write that you reported to both sales manager and director. This would create an impression that you had a responsible role directly supervised by the sales director.
Periodic Achievements – This is often a regular feature of most resumes. But often misused. It’ll be really great if you can somehow show what you achieved within a particular job and worked harder to better that achievement in that job. Periodic achievements within every job prove that you continuously improve. A simple achievement could be as simple as improving upon your absenteeism/sickness over a period of time.
Roles & Responsibilities – Learn to make distinction between roles and responsibility. You can have one designation with multiple roles, each carrying different responsibilities. One has to wear many different hats in modern corporations. So, take time in detailing each role and responsibility attached with it.
Job Progression Trend – If you started as a sales executive and went on to become a sales director- this is a linear expected progression. But most career journeys are not that straightforward. If you worked as a bus-driver for a few months and you a have strived to carve a career in sales you will need to explain this. Try to clarify in your cover letter and be ready with an honest explanation during the interview. Same applies to periods of unemployment.
Proof of Skills Developed and Applied – If you can pull this off, you’ll do wonders. If you can show proof of skills picked up from one job to another and how you applied those skills to your profession, you will have proved that you are highly adaptive learner with great on-the-job learning potential.