Today, almost everyone makes the confusion between resume and CV (curiculum vitae). Though they are slightly different. We often assume that a resume means the same as a CV.
In reality a resume is simply a shorter version of your CV. A resume will be used for any type of job while a CV may be used for more academic purposes.
If you are not in academic, you might want to consider writing a resume even when the employer is writing CV.
In your Resume you will need to include:
A Professional Profile or summary
Hobby or other interests
Those 6 sections must be found on your resume. However, we do no longer write a resume in 2021 like our parents used to. Today, we need to consider other aspects that a company use to filter their candidates or that a Hiring manager value. Have you heard about making your Resume ATS friendly or the importance of soft skills?
If not or partially, make sure to read the rest of the blog before to write your Resume.
Before we go into the details and for the comprehension of the blog, let us define ATS (application tracking system) & soft skills.
An Application tracking system or also called ATS is a robot that is used by companies in order to narrow down the list of candidates for a job application. The ATS tool is a robot that will screen your curriculum vitae and automatically decide if your application should be read by an actual human being.
Performance in a company is not only related to what is measurable but it is also strongly related to what we cannot measure, that is to say: our soft skills. Soft skills are all those skills which help you get the job done, such as listening, being patient, solving problems, being a critical thinker, being empathic, having a connected body language and the most important one, being a good communicator.
The reasons why we speak about ATS today and soft skills are because those 2 elements are the new elements that were not existing a few years ago and that job candidates were not paying attention to when designing their resume. Today, you resume must be ATS friendly and should highlight your soft skills as much as possible using the role description or the core skills section.
Let us look at the resume section in details, now considering the ATS and the soft skills.
1. Contact Information
The section Contact Information must be found at the top of your resume, for 2 reasons: First, the ATS system is reading your resume from top to bottom and from left to right. The system is taught to recognize the contact information to be at the top and by stucking it up at the top of your resume you will save space on your CV.
Your contact section must contain:
Your professional title, it does not need to be your current title but it helps to give a visualisation of your overall skills, for instance Marketing Specialist or Event coordinator.
Your telephone number, don’t forget to include the country code
Your email address, use one that sounds professional
Your location, include this section but make it clear in your application if you are willing to relocate or/and have the visa to work somewhere else.
In your resume, it is not an obligation to include your date of birth, in some countries this information is even considered as a not to be disclosed one. Hiring managers should hire you on your experience and education rather than on your age.
Regardless of the fact that in 2021, a resume should be customized based on the job position, this section will remain the same across your various applications.
2. A professional profile / Summary
This section should also be included in your resume top page, it is a summary of who you are as a professional. The goal is to give a quick and interesting snap shot of the added-value you can bring to the company you apply to.
Include your main skills, experience and qualifications that is designing you as a professional.
This section should be about 5 to 7 sentences long. Make it short and impactful. It should tell the hiring manager enough about you so he or she wants to continue reading your resume. Adjust this section based on the job you are applying for. Highlight your skills or experience most relevant to the job.
3. Core skills
This section should contain your hard and soft skills. By hard skills we can think of your computer skills or programming for instance. By soft skills we mean your problem-solving skills, your people management skills, your networking capacity, etc. Highlighting your soft skills will also tell the hiring manager that you are aware about the importance of soft skills today but also that you are self aware of what soft skills you have.
Here as well try to adjust this section based on the job position most important soft skills you need. You can place this section between your profile summary or after your education.
4. Education details
The educational details must contain
The exchange program if you have participated in any
List them in chronological order.
When you have little experience and you are just arriving on the market, this section will need to contain your most relevant course, if you have participated in particular or impactful projects. Use this section to emphasize the value you can bring to a company by showing what you have done until now.
If you have already a few years of experience on the job market, in this section, give only the name of the school, the degree, the year but when it comes to your degree details, only highlight the course that are relevant to the job position if any.
Use this section simply, using it as a confirmation of knowledge.
Don’t make this section too long, save up space for your education as this is what hiring managers will be most interested by.
This section should contain:
Name of the company
Your role name
The years you worked in this position
The geographic location
Your professional experience is the section that should carefully study and design, this section is about confirming that you have already the right skills for the job position. Before to design this section, go to your job description and highlight the relevant keywords in the responsibilities and skills required. Once you have your list, use it to write the details of your experience.
Here below your title and the name of the company, you can write one or 2 sentences about your main responsibilities, we will call this part the outline. You will also list you main achievements in bullet points using if possible concrete facts.
For instance: “Defined a product strategy that made the messy sales funnel more effective, resulting in a 55% increase in revenue in a one year period.”
In both your outline and bullet points parts; include as much as possible the keywords you have highlighted in the job description.
Because this is how you can make sure to beat the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) the robot is taught to recognize words in you resume. So make sure that the right wording is used in your resume.
This section is optional for the ones who have quite a large experience, for the ones who are coming fresh on the job market, you can use this section to highlight your soft skills for instance. If you play a team sport: team player; if you play puzzle: problem solver.
Make sure that whaetever hobby you highlight, this is bringing an added-value to your application.
The hiring manager will take 1 to 2 minutes maximum to read your resume. Your resume should be 1 or 2 pages maximum, use carefuly the space you have, make it ATS firendly, (you can read our blog called: How to beat the ATS system, if you need more information about it).
Most importantly ensure, that each word you choose is supporting your application and will be relevant for the hiring manager, the job position and the industry you are applying.
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