Through the years of my career journey, I met many talented people and talented graduates who did their best to get their positions. However, I met lots of freaks doing the same thing. Not to offend anyone, but it is a reality. Every time you need to hire someone: be it a marketing manager, personal assistant, creative team, a sales guy or an accountant – you get hundreds of resumes that frankly suck.
I mean, literally, they’re so bad or so off-topic that you don’t even want to read them. And you don’t. Yes, there are many good choices, but let’s not talk about them.
Have you decided to make your resume? OK, good start.
You went through all these online posts from leading influencers like “How to write perfect resume”, “How to get an interview”, “10 best resume tips” and so on … You googled some “free resume templates” or even “the best-paid recycling templates”. Good job! You just wasted your time on some research that will never give you anything new.
If you decided to go with a template and just fill in your details, it could work for some positions. But what about individuality? If I receive two resumes made using the same resume template, I simply do not look at them and take the next one in my hands. Even you are a great talent and I need to hire you, would I know if your resume is just a copy / paste of someone’s creativity? I guess not.
Do not use templates. Show me that you have at least worked on your resume. OK, at least change colors on a template.
Many of you do not agree with what I said above, but many will. Using a template for resume can save you a lot of time and get you a position you dream of. It really can if the content is relevant.
It is about who you are and why you are applying for a position. I’ve seen hundreds of resumes where my first question to a writer was “so what are you good at?”
Make sure your resume is straightforward and represents the best qualities for you in a current position. Stop being lazy and spend some time refining your resume to a position you are applying for. If I look “Looking for a role in marketing or sales” in a resume for a senior position, I ask one thing: “Did you know that marketing is not sales and that sales is not marketing?” Lack of relevance can lead you to nothing, and even if you are a master in both areas of expertise, the HR manager will just pass on your profile and go to a candidate with a better focus on the position offered.
Including your key benefits and proven results results is one of the most important points. No HR wants to read blah blah in your three pages of creative writing (it can work if you only apply for a writer position). Be specific, include industry-specific terms. But again, only if you understand the meaning of them. If not, think better about taking a different approach.
Keep it short and sharp.
I love resumes on one page. OK, sometimes two pages are needed, but for the sake of it, don’t make it five pages.
Believe me, a resume page is enough to show your key values if you are an expert in your industry. I can only accept longer if it is a junior position.
Go straight to a point. No one wants to know about your writing skills if you are looking for a position that will deal with advertising management. Same as nobody cares if you worked as a waitress when applying for a position as a content marketer. Sounds rude, but it’s true. I’m interested in what I’m looking for, and wasting time reading rubbish from one resume makes me look at another.
If you lie, be short.
Who never lied on a resume? Oh come on! Everyone did. Don’t write too much about something that you’ve never done. Remember, the more you write, the more questions you get during the interview. And you don’t want to be in a situation where you simply don’t know what to say.
Tell the truth. Even if you have no experience, show that you want it.
I hired people with no experience whatsoever for their honesty and passion in one position. If you are ready to learn and want to learn, why not give yourself a chance? The question is if you take this challenge and if you prove that my decision was not a mistake.
Experience. Are you going to show there?
Let’s get back to relevance. Yes, you should include everything you think can keep you on top of other candidates, but make it short and relevant. Don’t add your college to part-time jobs that you made just to get some extra cash. Just tell the recruiter what you think might be useful and something he / she is willing to hear.
A photo in a resume.
That’s a difficult part. Including a photo in a resume is illegal in some countries, and it is also considered not professional in some places. I can’t ask you to include your photo or not. It all depends on one position. Sure, whether a position is for a hostess or a model, a photo is a must-have, but if not, think twice. There are many discussions about this part and many pros and cons of having a photo on a resume … I am confused to advise. All I can say if you made a decision to place it, pleeease, it makes the professional look one and not a half page size (believe me, I had full page photo resumes in my hands).
Contacts and social media accounts.
Don’t forget to include your phone number and email. It’s a must have. Some may not remember it.
Including social media profiles can only be a plus in a single situation if your social media activity is relevant to your position. If it is not, then please do not. It can sometimes hurt your reputation when the HR manager opens your Facebook and sees a naked body of chocolate on it with a comment “it was a nice party.” Or a post that offends your former / current employer in a rude and bad linguistic way. I do not do this, I have seen such things from candidates to leadership positions.
Go and get it done.
If you think too much, you mean you have nothing to say. Just highlight all your key results, look back at your employment history and put it on a piece of paper. Just like sounds.
Take it easy and remember, it’s just a resume … But yeah, that’s the first impression of you. Don’t forget this.
Good luck with your resumes!