In today's economic scene, the types of jobs that are available in the market are just vast. Each job has its own set of expectations and skill set requirements. However, with competition increasing by the minute, it is only fair that there are hundreds of eligible people applying for a particular post. So, it is obvious that it is not possible for the employer to invite everyone for the interview. In such cases, the initial selection is done on the basis of shortlisting candidates through their resume. Thus, as unfair as it sounds, the fact is that one needs to have a convincing resume if they want to shine in life.
Now, you may have achieved a lot of things in life. It is obvious that you will want to pen it all down in your resume. However, the people reading your resume will have to read hundreds of others and as a result, they may be able to allot only a fraction of their time and energy to your resume.
So, having a really lengthy resume will make them uninterested. Thus, it is important for you to be able to pen down whatever you want to say without making the resume unnecessarily long. This article tells you how you can do the same.
• Highlight Something You Initiated Voluntarily
Understand that there is a world of difference between doing something because you have to and doing it because you want to. HR managers and recruiters are always on the lookout for people who do something because they want to, as they are the ones who bring innovation to the company.
Thus, when you speak of your experience, make sure that you mention your voluntary initiatives in clear words. This will help you to get brownie points in your actual job interview.
• Do Not Beat Around The Bush
Many people have the tendency of using bombastic words hoping that will impress the recruiters. However, that is far from being true. Remember that this is your resume that you are writing and not an essay. Be precise and clear about what you want to say.
• List Your Highest Level Of Education
This is a crucial point. If you have a bachelor's or master's degree, you do not really have to stress on the fact that you have completed your high school. That is obvious. If you do something like that, it will only make your resume unnecessarily lengthy. What you should do here is to start off with the highest level of your qualifications and then trace your path backwards (ideally up to three degrees).
• Know When To Mention Your GPA
If you have industry experience, you must be aware that the marks that you've scored in your examinations do not hold much significance in the real world. In such a situation, it will not be wise on your part to not talk about your grades. Mention your grades only if it has been less than three years since you graduated.
Another point worth noting here is that as a fresher, you must mention your grades only if they are more than 3.0 (on a scale of 5) or 6.0 (on a scale of 10). In case it is not, mentioning your grades will actually give the interview panel a bad impression about you.
• Mentioning Academic Honours And Extracurriculars
Similar to the previous point, these details must be mentioned only if you have graduated within the last three years. If any longer period of time has elapsed between your graduations and drafting of the resume, you can safely omit any form of school-related details from your resume.
Also, note that if the honours that you are mentioning are in any way political, religious or controversial, it will be a good idea for you to do away with those any day (in such cases, you do not really have to wait for three years to elapse).
• License Issues
There are some professions (architecture, dentistry, medical and others) where having a mere degree or diploma does not suffice and you need to have a license issued by appropriate professional bodies. If you have any such license, make sure that you mention the same in your resume.
If it is just one license that you have, you can mention the same under the education section. However, if there are multiple licenses in question, you may create a separate section called "Licensure" and mention it there. Make sure that you use bullet points here.
• Mention Only Relevant Experience
By the time you apply for the job, probably two decades of your life have already passed (if not more). There will be tons of experiences that you must have had in this period. You do not really have to mention all of that in your resume. Any IT firm will not really care about how good a swimmer you are.
Mention only the experience and accomplishments that are relevant to the job. Doing so will prevent your resume from becoming unnecessarily lengthy and will show the recruiters what they want to see. Naturally, this will increase your chances of securing a job.
• Justifying Your Resume
If you are selected for the higher rounds of the interview, your resume will form the skeleton of your interaction with the recruiters. Thus, mention something in your resume only if you are confident of being able to do justice to the same upon being questioned.
It may so happen that you had done some internship in the past that you remember nothing about. You can consider omitting the same from your resume. This will not just make room for more relevant qualifications and experience but will also save you the embarrassment of not being able to talk in depth about something that is mentioned in your resume (this sort of embarrassment may well cost you the job of your dreams).