There are many reasons why your resume is totally imperceptible for potential employers. Most of them openly say that half of your resume is garbage. They also say that they prefer a clear demonstration of your skills. What does it mean?
There’s tons of advice out there about how exactly to answer interview questions, what to wear to that interview and how to follow-up afterwards, but what if you’re having trouble even getting your foot in the door? For many people, it isn’t a lack of experience, education or training that is keeping them from getting a call back — or these days, an e-mail back. Instead, it often comes down to how you’re presenting yourself via your resume.
Elli Sharef, co-Founder of HireArt, says: «I see hundreds of resumes a day. The biggest mistake I see is people overstuffing their resumes, trying to cram every single activity, skill or job they have ever had onto one page instead of focusing on creating a coherent story. Just recently I was reviewing a 12-page resume that started out with the following:
«My skills include marketing, social media, project management, accounting, tax law, labor law, financial management, sales strategy, 6 Sigma, operational effectiveness, ad operations and software sales. I’ve also published two novels and took a few months off to write a poetry book last spring.
Employers won’t remember anything if you try to focus on everything. If you write out a long list of skills, an employer likely won’t recall any of them. It’s simply impossible to form a mental image if you present yourself as a lawyer, marketer and venture capitalist all in one. Which is it? Pick the one that is most important to you and emphasize it throughout your resume».
So what if you have a lot of skills? You can create a few special resumes instead of one incomprehensible and jumble.
One more widespread problem: many people write voluminous resume. There is a lot of advice about resumes out there. If you’re applying for a job at a technology company or corporation, it’s very clear: employers really dislike long resumes. Being succinct is among the most important skills for a job applicant.
Ok, you have something to tell the employer about yourself. How to make it brief and at the same time exhaustively? Use visualization. Visual things are better and impressive because they are easy to understand and remember as compared to a page full of text. This will allow them to identify you and your skills among the tons of text.
If you want to impress an employer, it’s much better to show than tell. Before you apply for your next job ask yourself: who am I? Or rather, who am I in the context of this job application? Tailor your resume to tell a story that is so compelling that they’ll want to meet you to hear more. You have many accomplishments?
One can incorporate designs and pictures that will show your personality and makes you different from the crowd. You can highlight the things that you think are most important. Maybe you want to put your awesome skills first and your work experience last if you are right out of college. In any case, it’s better to show results than talk about these results.