Resume help – Check your cv or resume

Resume help – check your cv or resume

Many people need resume help. There can be many reasons why a resume or a CV doesn’t make the cut. On average, recruiters, hiring managers and HR people will spend five to 20 seconds looking at your resume or CV before deciding on which pile to place it. If you need resume help to examine your current resume/CV, feel free to use the checkpoints below. Remember, one way of describing the function of your resume or CV is that it resembles an entry ticket: if you want to watch a re-run of a James Bond movie in your local cinema, don’t show up at the entrance of your cinema with a ticket to watch the New York Mets play baseball. In other words, your resume needs to be targeted. So, here are a few resume help items you can examine:

Grammar and spelling

Make sure your resume or CV is written with correct spelling and grammar:  one mistake is enough to get rejected. (e.g. “there” and “their” may be spelled correctly, but may not be used in the right context, so proofread your resume or CV). A tip: read your resume or CV backwards, it helps you to  focus on spelling.

Unprofessional information

Your resume is a professional document. In many cases, information about your spouse, children,  favorite hobby, the name of your dog, your age or date of birth should be left out. Check your email address, if it is something like funnybunny@hotmail.com or hotstud1971@gmail.com, please change it! If there is a picture in your resume (however good looking you may be), remove it unless there are specific reasons to include it. 

Generic resume

If your resume or CV is a “one-size-fits-all” document, it will look like most resumes employers receive and it will not stand out. Your resume needs to make it clear that you are the candidate employers need to call.

Track record

Many resumes read like job descriptions. They list duties and responsibilities. If that’s the case with your resume or CV, you need to change it. Make sure that it reflects your specific accomplishments, results, and track record of achievements. Provide numbers and other specific information. That will show employers your contribution to the organization related to each of your positions.

Formatting

Sometimes people write paragraphs and paragraphs full of information. That makes it difficult for employers to skim for information they need. Consider using bulleted points instead. Bear in mind that the initial scan of your resume will be completed within 20 seconds.

Empty qualifications 

Rather than describing yourself as a “great communicator”, “strong leader” or “creative innovator” use examples that will tell employers  what you stand for. Use facts to prove it. In general, employers tend to ignore subjective information because in many cases it is inaccurate.

Social media presence

This has nothing to do with your resume or CV but have a look at your Facebook profile and your presence on other social media sites. If there is anything there that you don’t want your mother to see consider removing such information. Employers will find it and you will risk rejection.

So, this concludes our page about resume help. As you can see, there are more than enough reasons to make sure that your resume or curriculum vitae is a document that will pass every test. Make sure to convince employers that they should invite you for an interview.

 

 

 

Just what does the employment industry do with your resume?

Sometime ago, the people behind behiring.com released “Confessions of the Recruitment Industry”. Here are the facts:

  • Average time spent taking a look at a cv or resume is 5 to 7 seconds

  • The chance that your cover letter will be read is 17 %

  • 1 punctuation or grammar error will certainly send your resume to the trash bin

  • 68 % of employers will find you on Facebook

  • 76 % of resumes and CV’s are neglected if your e-mail address is unprofessional

  • An average of 250 CV’s or resumes are received for every vacancy

  • 88 % of CV’s or resumes is rejected if it includes a photo of the candidate

  • 33 % of candidates is rejected if companies find something about them online that they don’t like

  • 427,000 CV’s and resumes are published on Monsterboard weekly. That number pretty much equates to the population of Luxembourg, a small country in Europe.