You have read hundreds of resume tips, but sometimes your resume still can’t score a job interview. Let alone land you a job. What is actually going on?
Most job seekers are obsessed with their resume, because it is the only thing they can control within the job search. They can’t be sure that they will nail the job interview.
Truth is, it is rare to get hired by simply submitting a resume. If the resume is not good enough, you won’t even have a chance to meet the recruiters.
In order to be invited for a job interview, here are some real advices about your resume from recruiters’ point of views:
1. Irrelevant experiences are clearly pointless
Job hopping is acceptable these days, but it makes recruiters confused with your expertise. Once recruiters are not sure about the things that you are good at, they will prefer not to conduct an interview with you.
Truth is, your resume should connect the dots, because no one else will do it for you. Recruiters will not be able to put the pieces together, since they are skimming a pile of resumes. Worse, you can’t explain to them without an actual job interview.
2. Less is definitely more
A recruiter will only skim your resume in 10-20 seconds on the average. Thus, the shorter your resume, the better. No more than two pages. Make it as simple as possible. Also, your resume should be easy to read that even students in general could understand. Really, do a favour for the recruiter.
3. Flashy resume won’t get you far
Unless you are applying for a graphic designer position, your resume is supposed to use the traditional format. Forget about special effects and other layout designs you think are cool. Recruiters want a proven qualified candidate, not just a flashy resume.
Use black normal font against a white paper with familiar size. Also, don’t put too much bold, italics and underlining. Traditional resume formatting makes it easier for both recruiter and yourself. Better to focus on the content providing your most relevant qualifications, so that you can score the job interview that you wanted.