I noticed that even the most qualified candidates sometimes fail to get shortlisted due to an ineffective resume. In my experience, recruiters tend to follow a system where they scan a resume and make a decision within seconds. They'll either reject it or spend more time reading the profile. If they decide to spend more time on your resume, then, my friend, you're on the right track. In this short blog you will learn what you need to have in your resume.
Reading 50 - 150 resumes per day, I've seen my fair share of great, good and bad resumes. From my years of experience, I've distilled these learnings into 10 essential tips you need to keep in mind when writing your resume:
Start with the basics: name, location, email, mobile number and any social links (LinkedIn, Github, personal page etc.)
This is followed by a strong summary or objective statement highlighting your relevant experience and skills. This is your chance to grab the recruiter's attention and showcase why you are a good fit for the job.
Include your relevant technical skills and knowledge, such as programming languages, operating systems, and software tools. Focus on the skills that are most relevant to the job you are applying for.
Include any certifications or training that you have completed, as these can be valuable to potential employers. Be sure to include the name of the certification, the organization that issued it, and the date it was obtained.
List your work experience in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent job. Include the name of the company, your job title, and the dates you worked there. Also, provide a brief overview of your responsibilities and accomplishments.
Use keywords and phrases that are relevant to the job you are applying for. This can help your resume get noticed by applicant tracking systems (ATS) and make it easier for hiring managers to see why you are a good fit for the job.
Keep your resume concise and focused. Aim for two to four pages, and avoid including unnecessary information or dense blocks of text. The easier it is to read, the better it is for you.
Proofread your resume carefully to ensure that it is error-free. Ask a friend or family member to review it as well to catch any mistakes you may have missed.
Save your resume in a common file format, such as PDF, and make sure the file name is professional and easy to remember.
Ensure the format is clean, the structure and content is easily digestible and ensure you're using 'power' and 'action' verbs (like improved, formulated championed, defined, resolved etc.) in your bullet points.
Overall, the key to writing a strong resume for IT jobs is to focus on your relevant skills and experience, and to present this information in a clear and organized manner. By following these tips, you can create a resume that will help you stand out to potential employers and get the job you want.