Archive for the ‘Resume Writing’ Category
Friday, June 8th, 2012
If you are looking for the perfect job then the first most important thing you need to do is to clean your resume from the unnecessary words you have used in it. Give your resume a critical look and then you will realize how many of such useless words are written in your resume. Following are some of those useless words;
It is not right to use words of self appraisal, and the sentences that follow those words are also lame and do not give the right impression you want.
Where as on the other side, there are certain words which can make hiring managers do a double take in your favour. Try to light up their eyes by using these 10 words and phrases:
9. on time
10. Under budget
It is always best to use words that are related to your job and to the job you are applying for. Such verbs and nouns help to convey your meaning and your intentions.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
If you wish for your resume to be pulled from the database and examined with somber concentration, its widespread information that it needs to center on the skills you carry to a solitary target post. However, employers still want to know about your supporting skills.
Now, at the same time as “supporting skills” are good to have, your resume must nonetheless…
1. Your data should be dense with relevant material. The data included in your CV should be focusing on the “must have” skills of the job to get your resume ranked high enough in database searches.
2. Screening resumes is a tedious task that no one enjoys. So most HR Departments screen resumes for key content. In addition keeping the format of the resume very clean and neat is an added bonus.
3. It works finest when it is paying attention on the skills and capabilities mentioned in the Job Posting. Supporting skills information can be added into your resume, without taking up too much room, by using a Core Competencies section.
4. Adding a Core/Professional Competencies section to resume helps you convey a concise analysis of all the critical and supporting skills you bring to the job; it’s professional and a real attention grabber for a recruiter.
5. When you furthermore replicate those critical-to-the-job keywords in the context of the jobs in which they were used, it multiplies the occurrence of keywords likely to be used by recruiters in the database searches and will dramatically improve your resume’s ranking.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
The employers do check your references and there are a couple of things that they ask:- Employment verification, workplace performance and personality and well roundedness.
Employment verification: The hiring manager wants to confirm whether you did actually work with this reference, the dates of your employment and the reference’s relationship to you (boss, peer, etc.). It is extremely essential that their story matches that of the candidate. If the candidate says it was a mutual parting, but the reference says they were let go then there will a problem.
Workplace performance: It is normal for a hiring manager to dig deeper into your workplace performance after he’s done with the basic questions. The following questions are the ones usually asked:
What would you say are their strongest attributes?
How would you describe their interpersonal skills?
What would you say motivated the individual most?
Would you rehire or recommend the individual for rehire?
Personality and well-roundedness: even though employers gain important insight with work-performance questions but they do not give the whole picture. For instance, for a better understanding of the candidates personality an employer may ask, “Would you trust the reference to watch your children if you were away on vacation?” Or, “Would you take the candidate to dinner at a nice restaurant with your parents/spouse/significant other?”
The things that a reference tells are very telling but it is better for a reference to be a previous manager or a supervisor than a sibling or a best friend.
You will not know the exact questions a hiring manager will ask your references, but it is better to prepare the references for the call. The first thing to do is to let the references know that they are the one. Ask your contacts first before giving their information to the employer.
You don’t want your references to be caught off guard and failing to recall what it is that you were working on while them.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
As you look for a job, keeping trail of several different resumes can be complicated. Have you ever considered moving to a paperless resume as a way to keep trail of your work record as well as experience?
Paperless resumes are simple to craft and make use of. More and more job hunters shift away from hard copy resumes so a paperless resume might soon become a necessity. Be ahead of time and show potential employers you are up with the new trends. Here is how to get your paperless resume right:
1. Highlight your accomplishments
An online or paperless resume should still highlight your accomplishments. You need to share
- your key skills
- how you can benefit a company
- be an advantage for a future position
As you begin to adjust your resume, be sure to put your experiences in an order that will showcase your greatest accomplishment first and so on. As you highlight your qualifications, be sure to remember what makes you marketable to potential employers.
2. Industry keywords
Using keywords in your resume is critical for your triumph. Make sure to use industry keywords to help get you noticed by recruiters searching online for talent.
3. Maximize your exposure
Once you have developed your resume, post it to more than one site to get yourself exposed to as many recruiters as possible on Bayrozgar.com.
4. Contact information
Be sure you have the most recent and correct contact information easily accessible. Having your contact information at the top of your resume makes it the first thing that a recruiter sees.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
When you have decades of work experience under your belt you would prefer your resume highlighted your expertise to the full. You would try and make it do justice to your quality work life by adding on to its quantity. However it is important that you remember at all times while making your resume that it is by no means your autobiography or your ticket to appreciation for expertise that you have shown. But then it also doesn’t mean in any way that you skip out on important information.
It is a good idea to take your time and prioritize your information. No recruiter would mind going through a slightly longer resume if it gives a better idea of how capable the applicant is. On the other hand a lengthy resume full of no concrete information is likely to put your recruiter in a nasty mood.
While reviewing job applications hiring managers prefer if they get a clear picture so they can decide better as to whom to give the green signal for the interviews.
How long a resume be? There is no ideal length. No hard and core rule as to whether it should be one page long or two pages long. Don’t go overboard yes that is important, but it is also important that you don’t undermine your own value by missing out on valuable work experience. If it was worth your time it is worth being on your resume, so prioritize your life and put it down on your resume even if it goes to two or even three pages. Hiring managers don’t mind pouring down on lengthy resumes till they are not time wasting.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
With every New Year new trends come while old ones fade out. This is not only true for fashion, gadgets, technology, and science but also for resumes. As we enter into a New Year, here are some of the best practices when it comes to crafting your resume in 2012:
1. The days of including a career objective and/or professional summary are over. It’s a waste of valuable space. Get to business by being relevant to the job posting.
2. Be concrete
Use numbers and proof of what you’ve done. Stop putting generic tasks down, and instead. The more you can quantify your efforts with actual numbers or data, the better positioned you’ll be.
3. Cover letters are back
It’s a perfect opportunity to sell yourself, and it’s where you can infuse personality into your application.
4. Keywords are your friend
Instead of using a lot of useless jargon on your resume, pay attention to the keywords in the job posting.
5. Wow with visual resumes
More people are using tools to help illustrate their work history, present the information on their resumes in a unique way that stands out.
6. Give video a chance
In this tough economy, job seekers are going to creative lengths to get their name, talents and personality in front of employers, like a resume video.
7. Social media are here to stay
If you’re not using social media to promote yourself, you’re missing out. You as a job seeker need to use all the channels available to you to put yourself in front of recruiters. Using Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn as a means to give updates on your career or connect with other professionals gives your resume legs and can make you more memorable as a candidate.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
What is a Resume?
Resume is a one ore more page description context which includes the complete details of educational and co-curricular background of an individual looking for a job.
What is Resume used for?
Job seekers usually make Resumes as a short description of their skill sets, qualifications and achievements that have been achieved by them. Through this Resume they let themselves present before the Employers. If the qualifications mentioned in the Resume meet the desired requirements of the Employer, the Resume holder is short listed by him.
Why is Resume Important?
While seeking for a job, one cannot advertise himself/herself directly before the employer. Resume is the actual way which let his/her skills being expressed before an employer through a written format.
Accurate and concise description of one’s capabilities and skills are a must for making the right impression on an employer, therefore resume should be written very carefully and should be given utmost importance.
What are the Common Errors in a Resume?
Job seekers have to suffer if Resume is not made with adequacy. Severe problems can arise due to a wrongly made Resume. Following are common errors that job seekers make in their Resumes:
- Applying for an unsuitable position
One must not apply for a position he does not actually fits in. It can cause a great harm to the job seeker if he applies for a job that does not match his qualifications and skills at all.
- Expressing unreal definition of yours
One must express what he actually is, in his/her Resume. If an exaggerated definition of an individual is mentioned in a Resume, sever sense of loss and job violation can appear as a consequence in the interview part.
3. Lengthy Resumes
Long and lengthy Resumes are extremely boring and unappealing to employers. Employers usually ignore Resumes with many pages.
Benefits of a Good Resume!
Job market is extra ordinary critical. If the right kind of attention is not given to a Resume, one can easily see himself/herself out of the job. Employers are able to portrait the individual before them through his/her Resume. This is therefore very important that a Resume is built with complete focus .
Thursday, May 27th, 2010
There are some points without which your resume is incomplete so don’t forget to mention them while preparing your ticket to a company:
A resume is useless for an employer if it does not contain the contact details of the applicant. What if the employer is impressed with your academic record and previous job experience, surely he would want to contact you and ask you to come for an interview. For that you MUST mention your contact information in your resume that includes your full name, postal address, landline number (if any), cell phone number and email address (the one you check regularly).
No matter you possess an excellent academic record, if you are not a fresh college graduate then you must have done any job, any internship or volunteer work — mention its details. An employer is always very much interested in getting to know your previous job experience — even if hiring a fresh candidate is also an option for him but still an experienced one is always more preferred — so, do mention your experience in your resume.
Just mentioning your ‘position’ and the ‘duration’ in the experience column is not enough! Describe in detail the duties you were required to perform in your previous jobs. For example, you had been serving as a ‘media coordinator’ in your previous job then you must mention in your resume the detail of all your job responsibilities being a media coordinator — it will give an in-depth knowledge to the employer about your expertise and capacity.
A certain set of skills is always required for any job. For example you are applying for a post of page designer in a newspaper; you must list the skills in your resume that you possess to be qualified to get the said job. The required skills for a page maker of a publication, are having expertise in Quark Express (or any other page making tool) and adobe Photoshop (or any other photo editing software). Therefore, you must mention these skills in your resume so that the employer may get to know that you are a considerable candidate for the said job. Your resume acts like a ticket to an organisation so don’t be careless in preparing it. Give it your best! Mention in your resume, all important things that may help you out gaining the attention of employers.
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
An impressive resume plays a vital role in finding a good job. But a resume needs to be improved with the passage of time — formal academic qualification is simply not enough to impress the employers. These days competition has become tougher and organizations are looking for employees with multiple skills. Here are a few ways by which you can improve your skills and beef up your resume:
Improve your writing skills and try to get your work published somewhere let’s say in newspapers, magazines or websites. These days, employers are looking for people having excellent written and verbal communication skills and if you get expertise in writing and find some space in esteemed publications; your resume will surely create a positive impression on your employer.
Learn a different language
Besides getting to know national and international languages, knowledge of any other language let’s say German, French, etc is an extra advantage because it will help you dealing with your international clients in their native language. Besides, it will also give you a distinguished place among your colleagues.
Get enrolled in some exercise or dance class, it will create an impression of you being a healthy person who doesn’t remain depressed and fatigued and is being involved in some healthy physical activities. These days, when most of the people remain stuck to their computers even during their spare time, a note to mention on your CV that you do yoga, aerobics or some form of dance after your routine tasks, will add charm to your resume.
Make your hobby, a profitable business
If you love to cook or are interested in gardening or crafting; you can turn these hobbies into a profitable business. You can choose to serve as a caterer and start a home/office meal deliver business and earn handsome money. Similarly if you are good at making beautiful crafts, simple turn this hobby into a business and sell your innovative products to those who are fond of decorating their homes/offices with handmade crafts.
The ideas are many — here only a few are mentioned. You can unleash your hidden talents and think of many other ways too in order to enhance your resume.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Your CV is a potential ticket for your job, the first meeting with a potential employer is through your CV. If it casts a winning impression, then there are chances that you might be called by the employer for an interview. For online hiring portals, your CV is the most important piece of document that can get you a job.
Having said all this, what is it that an employer looks for in your CV? Your name, your age, gender, height, weight? No. Employer looks for relevant experience or education and skills that makes you the perfect match for their open job. If you have put “Curriculum Vitae” as the title of your CV followed by your date of birth, Gender, Marital status etc. you have committed the most common blunder most Pakistani graduates commit in their CVs. This information can be helpful to some employers, but it should be at the bottom of your CV having the least priority. Let me give you some points to create your winning CV:
Strong opening statement
This is the first thing an employer looks at on your CV, make it relevant to your expertise. More so, make it relevant to the position you are applying for. Avoid general statements, tailor your statement to include the most important skills you have, and your strongest qualifications. If you are confident of your skills, write them in a compelling manner in this statement.
Employers look for Skills
If a company has advertised for a software developer opening, they will be looking at your experience relevant to software development. Highlight your experience and skills relevant to the job. As a general rule your experience should be at the top of your CV after your statement. If you are a fresh graduate, list your graduate project in a professional manner.
Customize your CV for the Job
Remember one golden rule for a prosperous career, customize yourself to the Job, get the right attitude, the right skills for the job. Similar is the case of your CV, if you are really longing for a job in a particular company, then make the extra effort of know more about the company, their skill and education requirements and customize your CV according to their required skills. If you have relevant experience, then that experience should come at the top, right after your mission statement.
Write what you can do
To put it straight, do not write anything you are not capable of. An employer will look at your skills and might ask you questions about those skills in the interview. Your CV is a question paper for the employer, they will probably ask about everything listed there.
Do not look like a job hopper
Employers do not like candidates who have not stayed on a job for more than six months, it is even true for professions with high turnover rates. You should not hop jobs often to protect your CV in the first place, in case you have hopped jobs, you should be able to justify it.
Proof Read and Format
Spelling mistakes and poor formatting are a great employer turnoffs. You will look totally unprofessional if there are spelling mistakes in your CV, or it is poorly formatted. An employer will justifiably think that if you cannot even write a correct CV then how come you will be able to perform the duties!
Bottom line is, pay attention to your CV, take your time out to write it with your best effort. If you can find professional help to write it for you, it would be best.