What is the one thing that makes you stand out from the crowd of applicants?
The qualities you poses?
Nope! It is the way you highlight your qualities. Imagine yourself in the market. In the aisle of all yellow-colored products, the blue one will catch your attention, be it serving the same purpose as others.
Similarly, there are millions like you in the market, waiting to be picked by the recruiter. In such cases, a good resume can make you stand out from other applicants, just like the image above.
If you wonder what others are missing…? Nothing at all! The others are just lacking the skill to present and highlight themselves in a way that catches the attention of the recruiter.
If you want to learn the same skill, we are honored to guide you. Follow the below-mentioned steps, to create a gateway to success.
A Simple Guide on How to Write A CV
You are a recent graduate, eager to utilize your skills while producing creative outcomes. If you’re on LinkedIn, you might have an idea how many people comment Interested below a job post. That means there are millions like you.
There are multiple CVs that reach an organization’s HR. The bitter truth is, 80% of them do not get shortlisted. Employers say, they either spend 15 minutes reading a CV or a single 8 seconds lasting glance is enough to reject one.
Basically, the process of recruitment is like shopping. You pick the product, best suitable for your need based on its packaging. The other with dull packaging but additional benefits, may not make it to your cart. Similarly, only 11% of the candidates are considered suitable, based on their outlook. If you want to be on the shortlisted names, use the tips mentioned below to highlight your suitability.
The most common mistakes made by job seekers are pre-CV writing research. Most people even approach cheap CV writing services to escape this part and get their readymade documents. But, if you excel at handling search engines, it’s better to save your money.
Basically, you need to know what the recruiter expects you to perform. Before highlighting your abilities, you need to research, what others want from you. Creating a resume is like a game, the game of words. Everyone possesses skills, but the words you choose to highlight those matters.
I write 2000 words per day
Responsible for crafting a 2000 words article on a daily basis
Both sentences are reflecting the same thing, but the second one sounds more engaging.
Research the ways to write a simple sentence, research what attracts the reader, and apply the strategies to your document
When you are out on the job hunt, research is mandatory as discussed above. Visit the job hunting platforms and look for those related to your field. Scrutinize the details, and look for the skills commonly needed by the recruiters, affiliated with your profession. The language, the software, and the technical skills, you need to mention all the desired skills you possess. Make sure not to ignore the details. For example: If you are applying for HR Executive. Being empathetic might not look like an important quality to you, but for employers, it is. Mentioning it will be advantageous for you to get shortlisted.
Make a list of the elements, required by the hiring organization, as shown in the picture above.
Highlight all of them using creative writing styles to become one of the 11% suitable employees.
Now that you have the knowledge and understanding of how to highlight yourself, no external assignment help is needed. You only need a perfect format.
Yes, applicants! Formatting holds an important value. It should be easy for the reader to find the information he is looking for. See the picture below to create understanding
Writing personal details after education may look advantageous to you, but the way is rejected by employers. Even though we discussed, we need to highlight the things required by the headhunter, personal details need to be mentioned first.
Similarly, if you have the required skills and knowledge, place them above the hobbies and interest section. The hiring manager does not want to know what interests you, but what makes you the best-suited employee.
Fonts and Colors:
Have you ever seen a Red or Yellow CV? The logos having these two colors might catch your sight, but when it comes to resumes, these are considered the most inappropriate ones.
There are some professional colors, we often see in documents, organization logos, and even office attires. We have to maintain the same formal code, even when generating a resume. Have a look at the picture mentioned below to get an idea.
The first two lines have the list of colors preferred to use in a CV document, while the last line has un-preferred color shades.
Now comes the fonts, the best fonts to use in your professional document includes
- Avenir Next
- Times New Roman.
You might like many other fonts, but these are the most suitable for perfectly highlighting your skills. The others may not seem as clear to the reader as the few mentioned here.
Length and Structure:
This is the important part that is ignored by most job hunters. Sometimes, the candidate has all the qualities desired by the recruiters, but his CV messes up. Describing all our skills, we sometimes drag our information to three pages, not giving it a proper structure.
As discussed above, there should be proper sections for each chunk of information. Your personal information should come before your job experience. After a catchy objective and personal detail, write about the previously performed job roles. For fresh graduates, you need to pen down the education and skills you possess. After that dedicate a section to your interest and hobbies. If you have been referred by someone, jot that down at the end.
The resume length should be no longer than 1 or max 2 pages. A 3 to 4 paged CV looks more dragged and thus might not get enough attention as needed.
A good Resume is a perfect gateway to success. It’s an effective way to market yourself. Just like how creative packaging makes a product stand out in the market, the creative CV highlights you.
For example, you are an engineer, a fresh graduate, eager to learn new skills in a professional environment. You came across someone, who has the same degree as you, having the same skill set and potential. There is a chance you see him in the panel of waiting candidates along with you on the day of the interview. That one chance to make it to the interview is just a good resume away.
Even if you are afraid that someone has more education and skills than you, remember the way you present yourself matters the most. Just like, between the choices of two products, you pick the one that’s presented the best, similarly, the recruiter hires the one with the best resume (presentation).