5 ways to make your resume stand out

5 ways to make your resume stand out

 Your resume alone cannot get you a job, but it is an effective tool to get you shortlisted for an interview. Use it if you have failed to connect with the decision-maker personally for an interview call. A resume is effective only if it is sharp and here''s how you can get that edge.

 
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1. Make experience count
 
Do not use sonorous adjectives to describe how fabulous you are. Under each job, highlight only your achievement to maximise impact. For instance, ''Best Regional Manager for 2013 from 11 regions'' is better than ''Awarded for outstanding sales performance''.
 
2. Reflect the requirement
 
Do you know what the firm does and the responsibilities of the role you want to apply to? If not, do your research and break up the requirements into three sets of skills: hygiene skills, paid skills and differential skills. If you are applying for a consulting role, then mastery of Excel sheets and presentation are hygiene skills.
 
However, the company will pay you a salary for your ability to analyse and solve problems and communicate with the client. The skills that differentiate you from the other applicants may include your domain knowledge of medical devices if the clients happen to be hospitals. Reflect these skills in your resume through past work experience. 
 
3. Game the technology
 
All large recruiters use applicant tracking software to manage their recruitment workload. At the first stage, your resume goes into their database. Then a recruiter either executes a search query or manually views it to look for key words or skills specific to the role. Make sure that your resume contains all the key words relevant to you and commonly used in the industry where you are applying. Get the terminology right with respect to the target company. So, for chartered accountants, recruiters either look for ''internal audit'' or ''statutory audit'' and not just ''audit''.
 
4. Don''t be a risk
 
Was your designation relatively higher in your previous role? Are there too many job changes in a short time? Are you an on-and-off entrepreneur? Have you worked in a different city for a very long time? Are you more qualified than your boss? All these represent potential risks for the employer, who may assume that you may not last too long in the job being offered. In your resume and interview, do not stress upon those aspects of your career that convey greater risk to the recruiter. 
 
5. Fade out the past 
 
Do you have tons of experience that you are trying to cram into a 1-2 page curriculum vitae? Remember that all phases of your life are not equal and your resume is not meant to be a balanced autobiography. Focus on recent roles and experiences and fade out large portions of the past into 1-2 lines each. That diploma in German done in 1995 is immaterial, just like the one-month internship at an NGO in 2002 or the 20-yearold degree in dance.
 
 

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