Knowing how to market and sell yourself to potential employers is a valuable skill. The fact remains that it is precisely those people who are able to sell themselves at a higher price that hold the best positions and are paid increasingly high wages. So why don't we take note of a couple of these tricks?
How to make your resume stand out?
Your task is to catch the attention of your recruiter and potential colleagues with a minimum of words on just one A4 sheet, stand out from the crowd, and emphasize your professionalism.
For this venture to succeed, you need to adhere to a few simple rules:
- Use action and dynamic verbs. For example, say “spearheaded weekly status meetings” instead of “held weekly status meetings” or say “I increased the department's sales by 17%” instead of “the department's sales were increased by 17%.” Avoid weak or passive verbs and forget about tired phrases or words. You have a limited amount of time to catch the attention of experienced recruiters.
- Provide specific results where possible. If you have implemented new development technologies, describe how they affected the speed/performance/number of bugs on the website.
- Add the name of the tools and technologies you are using. Of course, you should have a separate section on your resume where you list all of your skills.
Important! Remember about resume conversion, the ratio of the number of responses from employers to the number of your applications. If you apply for 30 jobs, and only three employers answer you, then there is clearly something wrong with your resume.
The resume has several sections where you provide additional information. For example, "About me." Usually, this section is not filled with general words or any unnecessary information at all. But remember that you have only one A4 sheet! Use free space to the maximum.
Here are some options for what can be described in these sections:
- Victories in contests/nominations (work-related, naturally);
- Participation in exhibitions, conferences, and master classes;
- Information about your pet projects;
- Publications, scientific activity, the field of scientific interests;
- Indication of a hobby, if it has something to do with work. For example, if you are an analyst and are interested in machine learning models.
You must admit that it's much better to see "Rookie of the Year at X" or "The author of an article on recurrent neural networks in Y magazine" than "I love outdoor activities" on a resume.
People make assumptions about your personality based on your clothes, but clothes don't make the man. One's brain and intelligence do. But your resume is your clothes. So let it be clean, tidy, and inviting, and then you will be guaranteed offers from top companies.