A resume helps to tell you briefly and clearly what you have learned and what you can do. At the same time it should “hook” the employer and present you as a successful employee. Layboard.in has collected tips on what points you should pay special attention to on your resume.It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a job abroad or in your own country.
1. Work experience: short and unabridged
The most important part of your resume is here. Start at the end: the beginning of your career tells little about your current level, so it’s better to talk about the most recent projects you’ve worked on. Employers are most interested in the last three years of your work. If you are a graduate, talk about training projects, if you are changing the field dramatically – give a brief description of your previous work: the experience section should not be left blank.
Leave only the important items in the list of responsibilities. It is good when there are no more than ten: choose what you are most competent at, what you want to continue to do in the next place.
I started my working life after crossing the threshold of the PromProfMetal plant. I worked as a foundry worker until 2019, after which I was laid off due to downsizing.
2010-2019 – 3rd category metal and alloys foundry worker, “PromProfMetal” plant. Casting parts, control of the melting process and visual assessment of the quality of castings. Performed minor repairs to furnaces.
If there are gaps in experience, be sure to explain what happened. Long gaps between jobs put the employer on alert. Taking care of a young child, starting your own business, or working as a freelancer are understandable reasons for interruptions in experience.
2. Position you are applying for and employment
Use common job titles to make you easy to find in searches. For example, “customer service specialist” is more commonly referred to by employers as “customer service specialist.” A particular company may also have a “smile manager” or even just a “director.”
But a potential employer must immediately understand that this is a customer service manager and store director in order to be interested in their resume.
Also, the position may have several employment options at once – office work, telecommuting, full-time or part-time. Write on your resume which one you’re hoping for. The recruiter or supervisor looking for an employee should understand:
- Whether you need to set up space in the office;
- Whether you need to look for another part-time employee if you go “part-time.”
3. Tell us about yourself
Write about the specific professional knowledge you have, the specific principles that guide your work. Don’t forget to introduce yourself so the recruiter knows how to address you in the future. Provide a phone number, e-mail or instant messenger that will be convenient to communicate later. Also, the employer wants to get to know you as well as possible in such a short time. So make sure that your profile is quite complete, but as brief as possible.
It’s difficult, but who said it would be easy? Pay attention only to the most important things that characterize you as a professional. Now it is important for the employer to know whether this candidate can do the job, and get to know you as a person, he will still have time. On a lawyer’s resume, this item might look like this:
Punctual, conscientious, assertive.
I have been working in the justice system for seven years, so I am well-versed in it. I carefully check the facts, I always discuss with the client the possible outcomes of the case – together we choose the alternatives that would suit him.
Avoid stereotypical phrases and listing good human qualities. You are a professional and you have a lot to say about your work: write down how many years you have been in the profession, what you do best, what techniques and programs you use in your work.
Describe, at least briefly, what you already know how to do. Better start with the job you are applying for.
To list the skills and qualities is one thing, but to prove that you really have them is quite another. Especially if you use the same characteristics of yourself as everyone else. Avoid cliches. Better yet, show what you’ve done meaningfully in your past job. “Responsible” is fine, of course, but how did your responsibility manifest itself in previous jobs? Standard phrases and wording are easy and convenient, but they won’t convince anyone. Think back to what role you played in the company’s new project, what percentage of the sales plan you fulfilled, what documents you put in order or what work you systematized.
Tricks to help:
Use perfect verbs: not “did,” but “made,” not “developed,” but “created,” and so on.
Translate results into numbers. Ideally, write how profits and sales have changed, how many clients you have attracted, what achievements the company has made together with you.
A good photo can “pull out” a resume, and it’s also a great way to remember a person. But it also works the other way around: a photo that an employer doesn’t like, for whatever reason, can affect his decision on a resume, too.
Look for a shot where your face is clearly visible and you look calmly into the camera. If there is no suitable photo, ask someone to take a picture. Preferably against a light, monochrome background. If you wear glasses, choose a shot where they do not glare.
Photos from vacations, weddings (that’s a rare occasion to put a flower in your buttonhole), selfies and other non-business photos are best avoided. If you want your employer to think highly of you, act like a high-paying professional with an appropriate photo.
6. Key skills
When an employer searches a site for employees, one of the filters they use is key skills. Filling them out is easy, and the site’s internal system helps with that: it suggests popular skills for specific positions. Don’t confuse skills and personal qualities. It is better to write about personal things in the “About me” section, and in skills leave professional knowledge, programs you use in your work, management experience, and so on.
7. Literacy and Submission
Avoid stamps, run your resume text through any online error checking service. Correct spelling and punctuation. A well-written text makes a good impression, while a resume with mistakes gives away haste or inattention.
General rules for resume text: past tense, minimum pronouns, simple sentence structures. Do not mix tenses, remove unnecessary “I” and “my”. Once again, check the correct spelling of the name, position and company names: mistakes and typos in them are equal to a sentence.
8. Salary desired
Indicate the salary you want and when the vacancy does not specify a salary, and when it is specified and suits you, and when you expect to be paid more than the vacancy and have the appropriate qualifications – let the employer know your request.
This is for the employer to understand if the business is “worth it,” and to immediately assess how much and within what limits you are willing to bargain.
We wish you a successful work abroad and an understanding with your future employer!