How to Create a Badass Resume

Most of us love talking about ourselves and our achievements, and yet when it comes to putting that down on a résumé, we recoil.
Why so?

Number of reasons:

-        Is this good enough to be on a résumé?

-        Am I coming across as a showoff?

-        Am I coming across as a failure?

-        Is this too generic?

-        Is this too specific?

No wonder working on a résumé usually ends with the person utterly exhausted, low on self-esteem, and deciding to complete it “some other time”.
Well, my friend, that time is now!

According to a study conducted in 2012, recruiters spend six seconds (on average) to look at a résumé.
Is that good news or bad news? Tbh, it’s a little bit of both.
Bad news because 6 seconds??? A cough lasts longer than that!
Good news because 6 seconds!!! That’s enough time to make a good impression when you get the basics right.
So that’s where we are going to start –

The Basic Red Flags to Avoid

1.     Your email id

Lovelygirl21, hotdude13, you got to bid goodbye to these ids you created when puberty hit you.

If you want the recruiters to take you seriously, then get yourself a more professional-sounding email id.  

2.     Update contact info

Imagine this: The recruiters love your résumé and want to hire you immediately. So, like normal human beings, they give you a call, but the number does not exist!
Sounds too extreme an example, no? Well, you will be surprised how often that happens!
At other times, the candidate does not pick up the call or it’s someone else who picks up because the applicant forgot to update their phone number.

3.     Too much is a real thing

Including infographics and photographs in your résumé is an option today.
However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should go overboard and aesthetically wreck your résumé. Who uses their superpower against themselves?!
Every time you decide to include a visual element ask yourself if it’s necessary and if it’s highlighting your accomplishments instead of diverting attention from them.

4.     Readability is key

Borders, margins, font style, and font size, they serve a purpose!
A consistent layout will help you make a good impression in those 6 seconds.

5.     Steer clear of over-used phrases

“Detail oriented”, “hardworking’, “team player”, “multi-tasker”, these phrases have been done to death.
Remember, you might be one person writing one résumé. But the recruiter is one person receiving thousands of them.
Don’t think that you can get away with serving the same dish on a different platter!  
These rookie mistakes can leave your résumé in a number of trash bins across the world. No, that’s not something to boast about!
Now that we know what to avert, let us talk about –

Things to Include in Your Résumé

1.     Details that are relevant to the job you are applying for

Before you create your résumé, you need to know where you are applying.
Pick only accomplishments and skills which will tell your potential recruiter that you are the right person for the job.
Winning your neighbourhood’s panipuri eating contest every year will tell the recruiter nothing about your ability to write a decent article on management education!

2.      You are a product, your résumé a marketing tool

No matter how weird this sounds, you need to think of your résumé as a tool that will help you promote yourself to your recruiters.
As soon as you think of it this way, you will get rid of the flab and get to the point.

3.     What if you were the recruiter?

Another way of going about this is to design a résumé as a recruiter. Think you are the person hiring for this particular job, now what are the things you would look for in the résumé?
Put all that in, and see how it works like magic!

4.     Structure it well

Your skills and your background should be summarised. Use bullets to make it easier for the recruiter to browse through them quickly without missing out anything.
Your professional experiences will be prioritised, so that should come before your educational qualifications.
The flow of the résumé is similar to your Facebook timeline, with the most recent post making it to the top.

One extra tip: Proofread

Calling yourself a detail-oriented person, and then spelling detail wrong, these are really common mistakes.
The best way to avoid such a mishap is to re-read and be sure there are no mistakes, grammatical or otherwise. You could even ask a friend to double-check to be sure.

Finally, the most important thing to do for a résumé to be effective is to send it out! If you don’t, then having a killer résumé will not make any difference.
So put yourself out there, and email your resume right away!


IN SERVICE OF SISTERHOOD, BY RIYA ROY