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<ul><li><p>8/10/2019 10 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out</p><p> 1/5</p><p>Aug 18 2014 : The Economic Times (Delhi)</p><p>10 ways to make your</p><p>resume stand out</p><p>A sharp CV can go a long way in securing a job interview for you, says</p><p>Devashish Chakravarty.</p><p>Your resume alone cannot get you a job, but it is an effective tool to get you</p><p>shortlisted for an interview. Use it if you have failed to connect with the decision-</p><p>maker personally for an interview call.</p><p>A resume is effective only if it is sharp and here's how you can get that edge.</p><p>CONTENT</p><p>1 Make experience count</p><p>Do not use sonorous adjectives to describe how fabulous you are. Under each</p><p>job, highlight only your achievements and relevant skills. Use 4-6 bulleted points to</p><p>cover important ground. Prefer measurable, verifiable numbers over statements like</p><p>`Improved sales dramatically'. Benchmark each achievement to maximise impact.</p><p>For instance, `Best Regional Manager for 2013 from 11 regions' is better than</p><p>`Awarded for outstanding sales performance'.</p><p>2 Reflect the requirement</p><p>Do you know what the firm does and the responsibilities of the role you want to</p><p>apply to? If not, do your research and break up the requirements into three sets of</p><p>skills: hygiene skills, paid skills and differential skills. If you are applying for a</p><p>consulting role, then mastery of Excel sheets and presentation are hygiene skills.</p><p>However, the company will pay you a salary for your ability to analyse and solve</p><p>problems and communicate with the client. The skills that differentiate you from the</p></li><li><p>8/10/2019 10 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out</p><p> 2/5</p><p>other applicants may include your domain knowledge of medical devices if the</p><p>clients happen to be hospitals. Reflect these skills in your resume through past work</p><p>experience.</p><p>3 Game the technology</p><p>All large recruiters use applicant tracking software to manage their recruitment</p><p>workload. At the first stage, your resume goes into their database. Then a recruiter</p><p>either executes a search query or manually views it to look for key words or skills</p><p>specific to the role. Make sure that your resume contains all the key words relevant</p><p>to you and commonly used in the industry where you are applying.</p><p>Get the terminology right with respect to the target company. So, for chartered</p><p>accountants, recruiters either look for `internal audit' or `statutory audit' and not</p><p>just `audit'.</p><p>4 Don't be a risk</p><p>Was your designation relatively higher in your previous role? Are there too many</p><p>job changes in a short time? Are you an on-and-off entrepreneur? Have you worked</p><p>in a different city for a very long time? Are you more qualified than your boss? All</p><p>these represent potential risks for the employer, who may assume that you may not</p><p>last too long in the job being offered. In your resume and interview, do not stress</p><p>upon those aspects of your career that convey greater risk to the recruiter.</p><p>5 Fade out the past</p><p>Do you have tons of experience that you are trying to cram into a 1-2 page</p><p>curricu lum vitae? Remember that all phases of your life are not equal and your</p><p>resume is not meant to be a balanced autobiography. Focus on recent roles and</p><p>experiences and fade out large portions of the past into 1-2 lines each. That diploma</p><p>in German done in 1995 is immaterial, just like the one-month internship at an NGO</p><p>in 2002 or the 20-yearold degree in dance.</p><p>PRESENTATION</p></li><li><p>8/10/2019 10 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out</p><p> 3/5</p><p>6 Rule of thirds</p><p>Tear out the top one-third of the first page of your resume and read it. Will it get</p><p>you the interview? The unofficial rule of thirds states that recruiters notice only thetop of your resume to make up their minds.</p><p>Start with your name, e-mail ID and mobile number, so that people can contact you</p><p>to convey their interest. Then either write a summary or include your best selling</p><p>points, along with your latest job, right at the top of the first page. Shift your home</p><p>address to the footer or delete it completely.</p><p>7 Use subheads</p><p>Divide your CV into relevant sections-work experience, academics, honours and</p><p>awards, leadership roles, etc. For each section, decide what you want to in clude and</p><p>how you will highlight it.</p><p>8 Learn from Google</p><p>Google makes money from strategic ad placements. They have learnt that while</p><p>reading, the mind gives more credence to what is at the top rather than the bottom,</p><p>and to what is on the left rather than the right, following our reading pattern. So,</p><p>organise your more important sections and achievements accordingly, say, `Ranked</p><p>3rd out of 150 management trainees at the plant'.</p><p>9 Help the evaluator</p><p>Help the recruiter read your resume.</p><p>Use a familiar font with a 10-12 point size. Put your work experience in reverse</p><p>chronological order and convert the resume into a pdf.</p><p>Avoid pictures, images, graphics, etc, and declutter the layout. The only time to</p><p>break this rule is when you are showcasing a portfolio where images can help sell a</p><p>better story.</p><p>10 Iterate, iterate, iterate</p></li><li><p>8/10/2019 10 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out</p><p> 4/5</p><p>Any business school graduate will tell you that the perfect resume is a</p><p>collaborative effort requiring endless iterations. Show your resume to as many</p><p>friends and wellwishers as possible and use their inputs to refine it. Each time you</p><p>customise your resume for a new role, repeat the exercise.</p><p>This can easily help convert long shots into shortlists.</p><p>DON'TS OF A RESUME</p><p>STATEMENT</p><p>The objective statement, listing what you seek in a job, is a hangover from the</p><p>past. No one cares.</p><p>Recruiters want to know what you can give them?</p><p>So, replace it with a headline, say, `Supply chain consultant' and summarise key</p><p>skills below it.</p><p>THIRD PAGE</p><p>A one-page resume is the norm for freshers and most professionals.</p><p>This can go up to a maximum of two pages if you have more than 10 years of</p><p>experience. Cut out lesser achievements from your CV. They won't get youshortlisted.</p><p>BAD E-MAIL ID</p><p>Using your present workplace e-mail in a resume is a terrible idea since your</p><p>employer has the right to monitor your e-mails. E-mail IDs like CoolGuy@XYZ.com</p><p>are equally bad. Get a new e-mail ID like AmitJha88@gmail.com.</p><p>RESUME.PDF</p></li><li><p>8/10/2019 10 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out</p><p> 5/5</p><p>The recruiter receives several CVs. Calling your CV, Resume.pdf, makes it</p><p>difficult to search it later. Calling it NehaMarketing.pdf implies you have multiple CVs</p><p>and lack focus. Instead, name it NehaSharma.pdf</p><p>TYPOS &amp; ERRORS</p><p>Employers believe that if you respect yourself and really need the job, you will</p><p>be careful with the resume you share with them. Typos and grammatical errors in</p><p>the CV are frowned upon and routinely rejected in roles that are in high demand.</p><p>The writer is Director, Executive Search, at QuezX.com.</p><p>Please send your feedback to etwealth@indiatimes.com</p>http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31816&amp;articlexml=10-ways-to-make-your-resume-stand-out-18082014113005</li></ul>