Sending your resume to your prospective employer is the first step in the hiring process. Your CV serves as a shop window where your skills, qualifications and experiences are displayed. You spend hours or even days in creating your CV as it is a vital part of the employment process.
Your resume should be such that it catches the attention of the recruiter and lands you in the interview zone. So, here are few tips to make your CV more attractive so as to take you one stop closer to the dream job.
Keywords: Nowadays most of the companies use recruiting management software for the hiring process. Search for the keywords and include then in your CV so that the companies can see your resume when they search the database.
Objective: Objective is yet another important aspect in a resume. Always begin your resume with an objective. Writing a correct objective for the desired posts catches the reader’s eye.
Specifics: Remember your resume is not an essay where you can go on writing. Be specific, the employer is only interested in what you did and your contribution in the particular area. Do not sound vague in your answers.
Work experience: Your work experience is the most important section in your CV. This not only includes your previous job performance but also your achievements. Focus more on your accomplishments.
Education qualification: Your education qualification is the next important thing in your resume. Make sure you place your education qualifications in the centre or at the start where it catches the recruiter’s attention. Highlight them especially when you don’t have any work experience.
Highlights: Include everything you’ve done rather than just highlight. It is another folly we tend to commit. Citing irrelevant details makes your resume too long and the recruiter may not even read half of it.
Bullets: The employer hardly spends few seconds in going through your resume. It is feasible to mention everything in bullets.
Description on projects: If you are a fresher you should mention your projects and describe your contribution in the same. For example “Project on Various cuisines of Delhi”: Project included comparative study of restaurant and surveying customers visiting it. Determined the strategies for one of the best restaurant in terms of food, income, legacy, USP and customer satisfaction.”
Sequence: Make sure that every detail is in a proper sequence. You cannot start you CV with your hobbies and interest and mention your objective in the end. Hence, following the correct sequence is essential.
Recheck: Always check your resume before forwarding it. Even if you find it perfect, read it out to somebody. Check for grammatical errors, typos, font size etc. Sometimes, making a slight mistake leaves a bad impression on the employer.