Résumés are feared by professionals of all ages. Regardless of age or experience, people have a general proclivity of procrastinating when it comes to preparing their curriculum vitae. And even more so when you are right at the start of your career, when you have a severe shortage of experiences to talk about.
At GradConnect, we have a dedicated team of writers, editors and professionals who work together to deliver a comprehensive résumé-writing service of international standards. The team is led by our Director of Strategy Naiian Yazdani who is currently doing his MBA at the Said Business School, Oxford. Our long-running experience in this sector has continuously underscored that most of the professionals are doing things the wrong way. The following is a list of seven things all professionals creating their résumés should keep in mind.
Ever saw Steve Jobs’ presentations for launching Apple’s signature products? One thing Jobs loved to use was statistics. Yes, statistics, regardless of how difficult it is to prepare them, have their own magic. They lend credibility to generalised statements of your abilities and lend credibility to your capabilities.
Don’t include every single thing you achieved since birth
Almost all candidates forget that the person reviewing the résumé has a limited time frame to go through your accomplishments. This is why it is important to leave out things that will add little value to your future life. Forget about the volunteering you did 5 years back for a community service organisation. Instead, try to include research positions you held even at your first year of undergraduate study.
A photo, even a small one, is a big no-no
Let’s face the cultural stereotypical realities: people try to judge you through your appearance. This is why a photo should always be avoided unless and until it is specifically mentioned in the job advertisement or recruitment message. They are useless, and are a source of implicit, unconscious bias for people who go through your résumés to get a better sense of you.
People like to exaggerate on their accomplishments. While this is highly unethical, reviewers assume that the candidate will have exaggerated, even if a little bit, to stand out in the applicant pool. This is why a little bit of exaggeration isn’t that bad. However, don’t go way out of the line with your exaggeration; underscore and emphasise only on truth as much as possible.
But, don’t lie!
Lying is severely detrimental to your professional life. Having your heads up high and telling the truth at all times goes a long way to prove your worth to the organisation. After all, most organisations believe in legal, ethical choices for their businesses. Remember, you will always get caught if you lie blatantly on any of the components of your application.
You are not the best, so don’t act like you are
There will always be candidates who are better than you, more experienced than you and much more qualified than you are. However, it is important to remember that when reviewing the curriculum vitae, people are generally looking for an appropriate fit for the vacancy. Over- qualification is not good either, so be a stickler and project what you really are.
Avoid grammatical and spelling errors
Trust me, the number of people making grammatical or spelling errors on résumés is simply too damn high! While the fault can definitely be attributed to Facebook or autocorrect options, it is your responsibility to ensure your application is as perfect as it gets.
Source: Dhaka Tribune