Md. Noor Alom Manna is a graduate from Khulna University. After he completed his graduation, he applied for quite a good number of jobs. Before he got his current job as a researcher, Manna had to face the fierce competition in the job market. Manna is a strong proponent of the notion that a résumé is the first interactive introducer of the applicant.
After applying for many jobs, Manna has a viewpoint of his own about résumé- "the résumé should be customized rather than constructed in a drab or common template. You get the best results when you reshape or rearrange your information details according to the skill-set requirements of a particular job."
Today, eager job seekers deluge employers with résumés. As a common scenario, the human resource departments of the juicy corporate bodies have hundreds of résumés piling up on their desks everyday.
The competition for jobs is fierce. So it is time you did some homework on polishing your résumé and making it free of the common errors that many employers complain they are tired of seeing.
Did you know that a strongly written résumé can be the decisive factor of your getting called for an interview or getting left alone in the first screening process? If your résumé is difficult to read or key information is buried, it's more likely to be cast aside. To avoid such tragic shots, here are some points you should look deep into:
Have a strong organisation with your résumé. According to the order of importance, list the relevant information to the reader. Do you expect the employers to go through your hobbies first? Of course not!
If you're a fresher with little or no work experience, you should be concentrating on education. But if you are a professional already, then it is a good idea to put it at the ending part. If your résumé is difficult to read or key information is buried, it's more likely to be cast aside.
You should have a clear focus. Make sure that your résumé match up well with your skills and experience and the requirements for the job. A 'no sharp focus' is all you need to give your résumés a boring look.
Avoid being hopelessly boring. Remember that your résumés is the basic tool to market yourself. So, do not go for listing up all your professional experiences. Thus, rather than composing a grocery list of your previous jobs' duties, you should be concentrating on highlighting your major accomplishments.
If you can, try to highlight the recent jobs. This will help you avoid the possible age discriminations. In most of the cases, there is hardly anyone who cares about what you did before your graduation 10 years back.
Do not let your crucial skills to be overshadowed. Bullet your important skills that help you show that you are a true expert in your field. The idea here is to highlight the skills and advantages you are able to bring to the prospective employer.
Change your viewpoint or approach. Rather than showing the reasons you want the job you should emphasize on how you will add worth to the company. Remember that employers are looking for someone to add value and efficiency to the organisation, not a job-charity.
Do not go for the traditional type résumé. Rather you should try to show some imagination in your résumé. But be careful about avoiding any overdoing of designs and fancy arts. Overly artistic or tiny fonts are also not so good as they make it hard to read and usually are not good on scan or photocopy.
Do not forget to mention the extra education, training, volunteer work, awards, or recognitions that have strong chance of being relevant to the job area or industry. Many employers hold such "extracurricular activities" as evidences of all round performance.
Avoid focusing too personal matters. Do not steer your prospective employers to the information pertaining to your personal life. Thus, keep your personal and your professional life separate so that your professional approach is taken seriously.
Your résumé is your grand chance to make the effective first impression. A printing or typing mistake may lead an employer to believe that you would not be a careful, detail-oriented employee. In this instance, do not just rely on the spell-check software. As a precaution, you may ask several people to proofread your résumé to be extra sure.
Lying is simply a bad idea in all respects. If you're simply inflating past accomplishments or coming up with complete fabrications, there are strong chances that you'll eventually get caught and lose your credibility.