The ideal length of a resume is one page. Hiring Managers spend an average of 6 seconds reading a resume, so make your first impression count! Remember that you’re trying to land the interview first, and the job second- not the other way around. Recruiters and Hiring Managers don’t care about your hobbies, use examples of your professional life to fill your resume. Instead of scattering your CV with unnecessary information, try including interesting info that builds up your chances of success! Worked with a high-ranking CEO or someone well-known in their profession? Use the extra space and be sure to mention it on your CV! What better way to let the recruiters know about the credibility of your experiences than showing off that you’ve worked with true professionals? More to come on resume writing in our next videos, stay tuned!
Be Your own product!
To stand out more to recruiters, you have to have brief stories to back your skills up. Simply listing resume buzzwords like: “team player”, “quick learner”, or, “flexible” is not the way to go. All those difficult situations you’ve faced in your previous jobs? It’s time to use them to your benefit! Don’t make the stories lengthy- just long enough to capture attention and earn you a phone call! Here’s an example: ‘Analytical thinking’ “I was able come up with the solution for an issue that caused problems in several departments, through research and great overview of the different tasks each department handles. I implemented a new software to make all ends meet and killed 2 birds with 1 stone, not to mention I saved time and money for the company.” Plus, when you are being interviewed, they can ask you to elaborate and the story will instantly come to you, so you won’t forget to mention it. Educating yourself on the the company culture and goals, and framing your skill-histories around how YOU could bring value will take your resume to the next level. For example, let’s say the company you are aiming for is an Enterprise, one with hundreds of people on board. When you outline why you’re a great team player, add that you love organizing team buildings and have done so successfully several times in the past. Citing real life experiences that are relevant to your target company will always be more meaningful than simply stating that you’re a great team player.
Take an online course at Berkeley!
Associate yourself with a prestigious school without much effort - no long years of commitment or big amounts of money spent! Berkeley offers online courses at affordable prices. If you take a course, you can list it on your resume - even if you haven’t yet finished the course. This presents a wider range of opportunities that may otherwise be out of reach. Go to www.berkeley.edu/academics/online-learning to see what they have to offer! This can be done with other higher education facilities as well, such as Harvard (https://online-learning.harvard.edu/courses). So don’t hesitate to go exploring! Not only will you have experience studying with great university instructors, putting these school names in your resume will blow up a recruiter’s buzzword search like crazy. Generally, these schools also offer free courses on interesting subjects. Remember, if you’re out of job, anything looks better than a gap on a resume - so spend your time wisely. You can literally take a free course and have the university instructor verify it for you for 49 bucks, improving your job prospects!
An Up to date resume = more interviews
You can’t have just one generic resume! Even if only altering a few keywords, always change it! Your resume should always be tailored to a particular job description to make sure the skills you are listing are in line with what the company demands for the specific position. Make sure to include some of the keywords they are looking for (if they at least moderately apply to you) as most automatic parsing tools will rate your resume before they are seen by the hiring manager. If yours is missing those keywords, it will never make it there. This does not mean that you should copy and paste the job description into your resume, but be attentive to the similarities between your own skills and the ones the position requires. Outline them in your resume. Similarly, there are several opportunities to make your resume more marketable using strong buzzwords such as prestigious school names. We’ll walk you through this process in our next video!