A resume not only introduces the recruiter to a specialist but also accompanies the entire hiring process. In some companies, resumes will take turns evaluating three or even four people. It is important that everyone likes it. But the first person who should be impressed by the resume is the recruiter.
On average, a personal search specialist looks at 100-300 resumes per day. Sometimes this figure exceeds 500. With such an amount, carefully reading the entire resume is simply unrealistic, and the recruiter will first pay attention to the most important points.
What places in your resume should be strengthened and what mistakes should be avoided?
There are various recommendations on the structure of the resume with the nuances for certain professions and companies. As a person who has reviewed more than 100,000 such documents, I advise the following structure:
- first and last name;
- the photo;
- Contact Information;
- purpose (desired position);
- key competencies (if the experience section is large);
- additional education (pieces of training, seminars);
- additional information (language, driver’s license).
Such a summary structure can be considered universal. It will be appropriate for any field of activity.
Photos on a bright background, from parties, from the family archive, are a bad tone. It is not necessary to specify sex. Marital status and having children will also be superfluous in most cases. The exception is situations when this experience can be regarded as an advantage in work. It is also permissible to write “married, have a child” if you are a young girl and if this is true. This will help show the employer that you will not be on maternity leave in a few months. I strongly recommend specifying information about your divorce, civil marriage and other ambiguous facts.
If you have a fairly rich experience that you can’t look at in a couple of seconds, you can select the section of key competencies. It describes the skills and areas of knowledge in which you consider yourself an expert. You can also specify several personal qualities that are directly related to official duties.