Working atmosphere is changing rapidly and have become more inventive. Accordingly, it has become necessary that job seekers also upgrade their skills simultaneously and present in line with the changed environment. A resume is any job is the first impression any one would have which should be changed from time to time, as per needs.
With new policies coming up at work places, it is essential that we rework on our resumes also. Knowing what to include in your resume is just as important, as it is to know what to exclude. People who hire Managers and Recruiters, do not find time to go through every resume discreetly. A Checklist provided by TimesJobs is quite simple which appears to be more apt and applicable under the current scenario which is worth going through before taking it up with the recruiters.
(1) The word “Resume” or “Curriculum Vitae” or “CV” at the top of the resume
When you are applying for a job it goes without saying that you are including your resume. Does it require to spell it out for them? Including this in heading adds no value to your application. So, first thing first, delete the heading which reads “Resume” and replace it with your name.
(2) Objective statements
Does your resume have a generic objective statement or a rambling quote on top of it? While you think that it will add depth to your resume, the reality is that the recruiters are very well aware that your resume is written to target their jobs and that you have the skills and experience for that particular role. Stand out of the crowd by replacing the objective statement with a qualifications-based statement or introduction that highlights to the reader what you have to offer to their organisation.
A big no to this one! Don’t mention your interest and hobbies if it has no relevance to your applied job. Space on a resume is at premium, so save the space for pertinent information and use it wisely.
(4) Work gaps
A gap in work history creates a negative reflection about your work more so in India. There may be valid reasons for the gap, but it is normally taken differently. A shorter work gap can always be discussed during the course of face-to-face interview and would be safe to be open during a one-on-one conversation.
(5) Every job you have ever had
The past experiences of your career can be an one liner, showing employer name, job title and dates. Try not to describe every job you have done. There are chances that the last five work experiences may only be considered while shortlisting your resume. Give more thrust on Quality than quantity of work done.
(6) Salary expectations
A pre-hand salary demand or expectation on the resume can be seen as too pesky by the employer and could be rejected on that basis. Some things can always be done off the record with smart communication.
(7) Too much contact information
You need not display a lot of personal information. The recruiter has nothing to do with your marital status, number of kids, religion, race, country of birth, passport details etc. Your name, email address, contact number and address is all you need to share initially. For a better understanding of your professional profile, you can share the LinkedIn profile link.
It’s important to have references from your previous job and these are checked only after you have been shortlisted for an interview. The business references do not belong on the resume unless specifically asked by the employer.