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How to write a resume to get invited to an interview: 5 recruitment tips

Finding a job can be a daunting task, especially when the economy is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But certain knowledge can improve your chances of a successful interview. Say, pay special attention to resume recommends Air force.

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Let's start with the basics: Your resume should include your name and contact information, information about skills, work and volunteer experience, education, and people who can give you references. There are a few more points that experts advise to pay attention to.

1. Adapt your CV to the vacancy

Recruiters receive hundreds of job reviews every day, so you need to make sure your resume stands out. You can apply for several vacancies at the same time, but do not send everyone the same resume. Adapt it to your specific proposal.

“It would seem easy to write a resume,” says Corinne Mills of Personal Career Management, a consultancy. “But that's not true at all. If it is not related to the position for which you are applying, the employer will assume that you did not understand the essence of the job. ”

Research and analysis is the key to success, she said.

“Get detailed information about vacancies, talk to employers, recruiting agencies and people who work in these positions. You must have a good understanding of who they are looking for. And only after that start writing your resume. "

Identify the skills the recruiter is looking for and list them first. This will help make sure your resume is at the top of the pile. And don't forget to match your resume to your LinkedIn profile: recruiters will check.

Darain Faraz, LinkedIn Career Expert, advises making sure your online profile shows your personality while remaining professional.

“If you don't wear a suit at work, discard it in your profile photo. Share articles that match your interests and your industry, add details about volunteering or preferences that matter to you. ”

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2. Be concise

Your resume should be no more than one or two A4 pages.

“If it's hard to read, then the potential employer won't waste his time on it,” says career consultant Sarah Archer. - There is no need to describe all professional experience - only what concerns the case. Remember, less is better. Make sure the CV is not overloaded with text. Leave enough white space on the pages for easy reading. "

Don't write too much about your previous work, but present key information in a thesis. Remember, your resume is only the first step. Save detailed explanations for the interview, during which do not just list your positions, but provide specific examples. It is important to show your ability and what you learned in your previous job.

3. Explain the career break

List all career gaps with appropriate explanations. Incomprehensible breaks will make future employers think about what you did, what you want to talk about.

“If you have been unemployed for a long time, maybe it’s better not to write about it on your resume. Do it in your cover letter, ”advises Michael Chiri of job search site Reed.co.uk.

“The cover letter is the perfect place to explain why you weren't working and to show you're ready to get back to work. Take the initiative, seek out online courses, or volunteer. Show that you are willing to learn, ”he says.

4. Test literacy

Unfortunately, often an illiterate resume is one of the main reasons for refusing a job. Check every word. Ask someone to review your resume. A fresh look will help you see flaws.

Reread the CV again. This will help you identify spelling and grammatical errors, as well as inaccuracies or incomprehensible points that you did not notice.

“People make mistakes because of lack of experience,” says Corinne Mills. - 90 percent of resumes contain errors. If, for example, you say that you are attentive to detail, and at the same time missed mistakes in your own resume, this significantly reduces your assets. "

Sarah Archer advises paying attention to resume style.

“Discard passive suggestions. When describing your accomplishments, use active constructs to amplify the impact of your resume, ”she explains.

“Avoid clichés. Recruiters regularly read phrases such as “I enjoy hanging out with my friends” or “I'm a good team player”. They will not say anything about you or add any special value, ”recommends Michael Chiri.

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5. Don't credit yourself with fake skills

Always tell the truth about your skills and experience, because at some point you will be exposed.

“If you come up with something on your resume, you are likely to fail the interview,” says Sarah Archer. “If the job requires skills that you don't think you have, show that you can draw on that experience, or that you learn quickly.”

Don't lie “because you will lose confidence,” agrees Corinne Mills.

“Job seekers often underestimate themselves. For example, if you are 18 and looking for a job for the first time, and all your experience is an educational practice, write about it. But show that you were able to learn something. Companies are looking for people who value all their experience, ”the specialist advises.

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