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Three resume points that could take away your job interview

Getting your dream job means making a good first impression, which has a lot to do with what you list at the very top of your resume. Unfortunately, too many job seekers are not making the most of this space. CNBC.

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One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to start their resume with long, boring, and opinionated descriptions of their merits. But you know what? Everyone who is applying for this position thinks they are great and worthy of the time a recruiter spends paying attention to their person.

Here are three outdated resume sections that no longer work for hiring managers:

  • Key statements. The responsibilities and accomplishments listed in the work experience section should already paint a picture of what you have to offer, so there is no need to add a lengthy preface to this.
  • Statement of Your Purpose. There is no new or useful information here. What's the point in explaining the obvious fact that this position interests you?
  • Work expectations. Even if you're an industry star, explaining what you want out of the job will make you look like an amateur. Your goal is to sell what you can do to help the company, not the other way around.

The most effective way to convince employers to read your entire resume is to start with one sentence that broadly refers to your experience and at least two of your strongest skills.

It's very simple: [Position] with [X] years of experience in [X] and [X].

Insert below a column of 6-8 more specific skills that can be measured and tested in the experience section. This allows hiring managers to quickly test your ability and compare against what they are looking for in a candidate.

At the top, it is recommended to mention the so-called hard skills - your professional knowledge and skills. Selecting a candidate who is qualified to do the job is a top priority for hiring managers.

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Of course, soft-skills are also necessary, but all of this can be discussed in the text of your resume (and in person - if you are selected for an interview). In addition, the candidate tracking system (ATS) algorithm is focused specifically on hard skills when ranking and filtering applications.

If you have too many skills that you think are relevant to the job and are unsure which ones to highlight, go back to the job list and select the ones that best suit your experience.

Remember that resume space is limited, usually no more than a page. It is important that whatever you write there serves a specific purpose. Otherwise, you could lose your chances of being interviewed, even if your competitors are equally qualified for the job.

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