IG is a Business Development Executive; professionally trained in HR.
Your Resume is Your Identity
You may be as right as rain, yet without an invite. Well, these days, some companies do not require you to send curriculum vitae instead; they expect you to fill out an application template to limit cv padding.
Ensure that you understand clearly and possess the minimum requirements for whatever vacancy you wish to fill before applying.
An applicant who is willing to start somewhere, learn, and add value to their possible employer will earn a spot in the labour market. There’s no need to give a false impression.
Before you apply to an organization, do a background check on them. Find out what appeals to them, what services they render, what they stand for, and how you can be of help to them.
Make Your Profile Count
Your resume is your attraction, your chance to get a place with your dream company. There are only a few things you should garnish in your profile. Your education, length of service, professional certifications, and progress, should not be doctored. What sets you apart is a combination of your presentation, experience, and achievement.
If you have the minimum requirements for a job and stick to the application guidelines, you will get an invite, with these tips.
Use generally acceptable text formatting. Simple and readable fonts, without cluster spacing and unnecessary font designs are ideal for marketable profiles. Prospective applicants are encouraged to use Times New Roman, Arial, and Calibri with a line spacing of between 1.5 and 2.00 depending on the resume structure. Which, makes it easier for recruiters to capture, at a glance, pertinent facts.
Devoid of tables due largely to profile extractors, resume structures should reflect the expectations of recruiters or be fashioned in such a way that they can be read by a machine language.
By reading in-between the lines of the vacancy publication, the priority of the recruiter can be deduced and adapted in the advertised order. By illustrating competency in line with the job advertisement; it becomes less hectic for the recruiter to navigate through the highlights on the applicant’s profile.
A grammatical blunder of any sort disqualifies an applicant even before the recruiter discovers competency. If confused, tenses should be in the present tense, as stated in the vacancy publication, for both current and previous experiences. Applicants should use professional terms and generally accepted acronyms in their cvs.
Work experience should be written as, stated in the vacancy notification with the current employment coming first. Tailoring is essential, since in most cases, programs not humans, crawl profiles for marching words.
Recruitment specialists assess profiles for progress. They understand that some applicants overstate their experiences and achievements so, they take their time to look critically at the history of every cv for progress and likelihood of success on the desired job.
Transparency is vital. Today the level of suspicion is high because applicants have become more sophisticated in their desperation. As a result, employers are like watch dogs, watching out for grey areas that trigger suspicion. So, desist from false claims because, firms use every legal avenue at their disposal to investigate potential employees.
Horn your achievements. Every applicant should have an achievement, from college, industrial training or national service. Your background check on your potential employer should disclose facts that you’d link your achievement. Even though companies understand that achievement is relative, it gives them the impression that you can be responsible.
Again, you need to align your career aspirations with the vision, mission, and culture of your dream organization. Which, should also be seen in your drive as represented in your resume. Don’t put down something that every organization will like to hear, be specific to the organizational behaviour and value system of your target firm. Let your career objective be exclusive.
A certification shows an applicant’s commitment to lifelong learning and drive, for knowledge. There are so many online organizations that offer free training in diverse fields. Depending on your pace, you could attain relevant certifications within a few weeks with at least 2 hours of online study daily. Start to take courses that are related to your dream job and make you update your resume accordingly.
Find out what the person in your proposed position does for your target firm, and tailor your experience likewise. Put what you can defend, from experience not from what you have read. What you read about a particular thing can only be explained during the interview to score you some points, and you have to say it as it is - that you learnt it to know and apply it, should the need arise.
Be professional in your presentation. Use your real names, as they appear on your certificates. Use a professional email address, and social media handle if required. Be careful not to misplace things like putting a different email address in your resume from the one with which you’re applying. If you stand the chance of making such mistakes; put at most two of your regular email addresses.
Employers want to be sure that you have the patience to stay for a reasonable time. Include only the relevant period that relates to the offer in their order.
Notwithstanding, some employers may desire applicants with vast experience, that's ok. In that case, you could include your experiences; it shows that you're talented.
Usually, firms state the status of the referees that they desire. Just adhere to their instructions, nonetheless, in the absence of such instructions, consider referees that are authorities in your field and those with high social status.
Some application forms may not accommodate as much as you’re worth. Include a link of your social network in your profile so that employers can see you and understand you better to engage you favourably.
In conclusion, believe in yourself, work hard, engage those in your aspiring profession to know more. Never stop improving because the labour market is dynamic and you need to stay updated to be relevant.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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