Posted on January 21st, 2021
The thought of scripting a resume itself is a headache for many. However, it does not have to be so, say Harvard career experts. According to them, the resume shouldn’t be complicated but should be simple and appealing.
Filling all the required information and excluding what’s not necessary should be the running fuel while preparing your resume. They say a resume should be like an esteemed short memoir talking about your professional experience.
The experts further clarified that a resume and a memoir are not the same exactly (resumes should not be scripted in a narrative style), however, both share some resemblances: they speak the facts, distinguish you from others, captivate viewers’ attention and finally highlight qualities that are unique to you.
Here are the essential resume writing tips from them:
The biggest problem hiring managers face when scrutinizing resumes for a given post is: all the resumes look exactly the same, in fact, almost all the candidates’ resumes follow the same pattern and consist of the same jargon. Adding fuel to the fire....this practice is being followed by job seekers even while applying for different posts. In nutshell, candidates are sending the same resume to all jobs. This is what one should not stick to.
A good resume must be customized to the job type and category of the position that one is applying for. One need not change every small detail but definitely one should make changes to that extent wherein a recruiter can gauge a candidate’s experience and skills needed for the given post.
According to the experts, this is 1 of the top 5 resume slipups people make.
Always make sure that the resume has an updated phone number and email address. They say adding your LinkedIn profile URL or a webpage that shows your talent and work isn’t a bad idea.
Keep in mind, a resume is always marketing material, so stick to the action verbs. Do not use a flowery and poetic types of claims such as “results-oriented,” “excellent communication skills”, “hard worker or “team player”.
Aim at delivering exact information regarding what you have done in your past capacities that have headed to quantifiable results.
Here are some action verbs examples that showcase certain skills and qualities:
A hiring manager’s time is scarce, valuable, and clustered. (S)he has no time or sees no point in going through everything that’s present in the resume. Be careful and keen-eyed to highlight needed things and activities on your resume.
Follow these expert resume-building tips from the Harvard career experts, make one and upload your resume. Let’s see why your resume shouldn’t get shortlisted.
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