Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Resume
An employer on average takes 6 seconds to look through your resume. Be sure to write a resume that catches their attention with these Dos and Don’ts
Most job requirements differ from one another. On average, corporate job openings attract approximately 250 resumés, but only 4-6 applicants will be called up for an interview, where only 1 will be offered the job. In view of such massive competition, it is important to know how to craft a resumé that catches the employers’ attention and demonstrates that you are the best fit.
Many employers use a software called “Applicant Tracking System” (ATS) to filter resumés with high keyword matches to the requirements of the job in terms of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA). Tailoring your resumé to the applied job can help ensure that your resumé gets picked up.
Now that you know how hiring managers and HRs sift through resumes, here are 3 steps to tailor your resume using keywords
The job description or job posting is a great way to identify what employers are looking out for in a candidate. Using the sample job description below, ask yourself, what are some of the key Knowledge, Skills and Attributes the employer is looking out for?
You do not need to re-create your resumé from scratch, but it helps to highlight your unique selling points through your core competencies and skills, instead of simply listing down your day-to-day tasks.
Example: Successfully developed business in a new emerging market through development of 5 news accounts within 3 months, leading to an increase in sales revenue from 2 to 8 million.
Putting everything together, you will have a well-crafted resumé (sample below) with tailored competencies and accomplishments, increasing your chances of it being picked out by HRs and recruiters.
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