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August 04, 2021

The 10 Biggest Resume Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

 


Writing a good resume is a dream of every student who is facing interview. You do not want to miss any chance for any single job. Online job searching is not a rocket science, making a professional resume is.

 

Now if you want to make a good resume you must follow a good resume format. Of course, you will find tons of useful resources that will help you make resume online.

 

But there are certain details in your resume you want to double-check before sending mail to any Hiring Manager. Freshers even company professionals making these mistakes would fail to land their dream job.

 

These are the most common mistakes on resume and if you avoid these you will save yourself a career. So read on.

 

1. Do I look nice?


Yes. You do.

 

But you do not have to tell your interviewer. And if you are not applying for any Model or Artistic Industry, I am sure they do not even care about your looks.

 

Many students who are applying for a job for the first time, think they must stick a photograph, like it will bewitch the employers.

 

The truth is that the photograph has to leave, until it is asked for. Your skills and qualifications are more important.

 

2. My house is 2 blocks from Community Park.

 

Lucky for you.

 

Now, employers are very unlikely to visit your house or even the park. They are not interested to send you offer letter by post.

 

Emails are the vessels of our destiny. We live in digital era and we use Emails for our official communications. It is not wise to include exact details of your residence. Just the name of city will do the job.

 

After all we DO give our contact number. That does the part.

 

3. Too Flashy and Trashy

 

Your creative side may distract many. In the last post I told how important it is to include text based information in the resume. If you add all the flashy graphics, your resume may not go to the next round.

 

Keeping minimal design shows professionalism and dedication.

 

 

4. "I cannot read, it’s all elvish."

 

This is what the employers feel when they find a resume with the different fonts. Using two fonts in a single resume or using crazy font formatting will make you less appealing to the employers.

 

Keep Times, Cambria or Arial. You may Bold, Italicized, or underline to highlight some point, as you wish. But don’t use all the different formats in same sentence.

 

 5. Spell check once again, and again.

 

Every resume should pass through grammar check and spell check. Any deviation from these two checks is big red flags to your employers about your application.

 

Your resume forecasts your work.

 

 6.  Essay no more.

 

You will not gain any advantage writing long, elaborate, and detailed resumes. Resumes are short, but not too short, summary of your academic and professional profile.

 

7. Cooking, dancing, singing, gardening, ......and leaving.

 

This was five years ago. No one is going to make you cook, dance, or sing in the Company you are applying for. There is no need to write what interests you.

 

Instead write relevant experience related to the job you are applying for.

 

Tip: Mention what you can 'solve' for them.

 

8. 50+ courses in 5 months

 

No need to include all those certificate courses you have done since the dawn.

 

Some graduates who are fond of online course certification include everything they have learnt, even though it does not match with the job profile.

 

I once saw a graduate candidate adding "Online English Grammar Course" Certificate from Udemy. This is one such redundant bullet that needs to leave resume.

 

I mean. C'mon. A graduate does not need to show that he knows basic English grammar.

 

Solution is to add top 5-7 course certificates which you have Mastered and applied to solve real life problems.

 

9. Find me on Facebook and Instagram - NOT!

 

No employer, at least real ones, will ever ask for your personal details or links to your personal social sites.

 

Be professional. Linkden, Github, Quora, or any website you have worked on is always welcomed on your resume.

 


10. Jack of all trades

 

Jack wanted to master all the Fortune500 Company. So he made a resume, applied all the correct fonts, used spell checker, and did everything fine.

 

He made his resume for an Automobile sector, then took that same resume to the Medical Center, then to Academic Institute, then Public Service, then a Rehabilitation Center...and so on.

 

At the end, he could not be a master of any one of the Companies.

 

Lesson learnt! Do not use same resume to different companies, positions or places you are applying for.  Make relevant changes accordingly.

 

Tip: Keep a resume template, and make changes according to the field you are applying for.

 

Conclusion:

 

Use Resume Template from an authentic source. Keep up with the latest LinkedIn posts related to the resume format. Use this 10 check list and avoid them. And rock that interview!

 

 

I am sure there is more to this list. Comment below if you think so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


August 02, 2021

Cracking the Interview Using ATS Resume?

 

Selection of Resume



Job searching is indeed a hard task. Let's get real.

 

You have great CGPA in college, you did your graduation with flying colors, you made cool projects, and also earned online course certificates. And with huge expectations you are applying to that online job opening in your favorite Company, for days, weeks, and months…., and what you get is stone-cold rejection!  


You must remember that you are applying for a job along with millions of job seekers aka your competitors, for the same position, for the same Company, and with same qualifications as yours. This is the part of job seeking phase where we start questioning our abilities and toss your certificates out of the window. With no success in view, you have two options: lose all hopes in humanity or change your job hunting strategy.

And the best time to change your strategy is now!


The Initial phase of job rejection: RESUME.

Have you ever received any friend request from an unknown person, and you immediately hit 'reject'? Yes you have. We choose not to waste our time knowing anything more about an unknown person, just because we don't like his 'Profile'. Your resume is your academic profile. The recruiters are out of time for most of the time, they have meetings, deadlines, interviews, and what not. And your resume just has 5 to 7 seconds to make you visible to them. All the rest will be discarded without a second thought.

 

The pandemic has captured businesses into your mobile. The unemployment has been the reason for exodus of resources in search of better career. Loads of resume get flooded in the single company for a single job opening. Imagine analyzing thousands of resumes in a day.


The recruiters of giant techs do not have all day to screen your well-designed resume. They just toss your resume away.....not in trash......... but in ATS. 

 

ATS, What’s that?

Applicant tracking system or ATS is document screening software that analyze your resume in 2-3 seconds. This eliminates the load of applications that the recruiters are looking for and give opportunity to the best. ATS converts your well-designed resume into a text file then looks for the keywords, sections, and skills that your recruiters are looking for. To crack this phase you would have to make your resume ATS friendly.


ATS optimized resumes go to the final decision phase, the HR. Saying that you would get selected or rejected because you have ATS resume is half-truth. ATS is just filter that picks out candidates with selective skills with non-relevant ones.


Public Sectors could use the ATS that would be efficient to choose the right candidates, rather than accepting hundreds of applications from PhD holders to fill a peon’s position. Like seriously.   


Not all recruiters use ATS

There are chances that your regional recruiter expects well-structured resume that used best tools out there, including tables, graphics, fonts and all.


You do not need to strictly comply with ATS template. Your resume must fit the job requirement as much as your recruiter’s scope. Every resume must be optimized with the area you want to work. You would not require taking a minimally designed resume to the graphic design position. Moreover, local companies do not really mind reading your resume, as they do not have enough application to screen.


But bigger companies that use ATS do not require these. ATS, a software, is really not interested in the creativity. It reads text and might have problem reading fancy texts and graphics. So before applying for any position do read the requirements if the company needs ATS resume or not.


Writing a proper resume increases your chance of getting hired. ATS or not, it all depends on the position and company you are applying for. After all, your resume must reflect your merit, excellence, capability, and the true YOU.