Your Job Search’s best friend — Your Resume

updated on 03 June 2021
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Resume writing is a skill. It is probably why it takes people such a long time to really craft one up. It is, after all, the first point of “contact” with any company and sticks with their eyes until the end of the process itself. Studies have shown that the average recruiter scans a resume for six seconds before deciding if the applicant is a good fit for the role, so it is safe to say your resume is key to unlocking the doors of new opportunities.

There is an increasing number of reports and stats explaining the various ins and outs of a well-crafted resume, and sometimes it can get overwhelming — which is why we have rounded up some of the key tips to remember when crafting your resume.

Contact information

The recruiter or company is not interested in your street name or avenue. Be concise and only include your email address, phone number, LinkedIn profile, and location (city and state)

Objective statement

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One of the most debated conversations is around whether to include or skip this section in your resume. Ideally, an objective statement is used to express what you are looking for — in this case, a job (duh!) It may come in handy when you are looking to pivot careers. Instead, you could use this section to also talk about your career highlight, focusing on key skills that might be mentioned in the job description, also known as a ‘summary statement.’

For example., “Data Engineer with 10 years of Python experience, proficient in…….”

Education

The education section of your resume needs to be crisp, precise, and accurate — especially if you’re a recent grad. This should include your most recent degree (or education in progress), name of your school, location, dates attended, and graduation date (or expected graduation date), followed by your field of study and degree major. It is also worth highlighting any academic honors, relevant coursework.

Work experience

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The real secret sauce and difference between a good and great resume highlight the work experience section more so for the job you want, rather than the job you have. While highlighting skills is important, too many resumes are flooded with buzzwords to “trick” the ATS and often fail the 6-second test. Instead of using buzzwords, write naturally, use bullets, and include quantitative results whenever possible. Strong bullets are effective with the ATS and convey value to the recruiter and hiring manager.

So, what does a strong bullet consist of? Let’s hear it from the company that receives over two million applications per year – Google.

Use the X by Y by Z formula. Google describes this as "Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]." But to make it easier to remember, let's shorten it to X-Y-Z.  

This means that you want to focus on accomplishments -- quantitative results and the impact you had. For example.,” Drove sales increase across the business” can be written as "Increased sales for 5 small and medium business clients by 10% QoQ by mapping new software features as solutions to their business goals."

Formatting

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When writing your resume, try to adopt the K.I.S.S method — Keep It Simple Silly. So, what does this mean? Avoid adding a photo or any graphics, logos, and colorful images into your resume, the reason being ATS may not be able to parse the content efficiently, and this can hamper keyword matching. (until and unless it is a graphic or designing job that demands it)

Try keeping the font consistent and bold any headings. It is often best to submit your resume as a PDF since it avoids formatting errors along the way. Close to 60% of resumes have some typo or grammatical issue. So be sure to have a friend or mentor review your resume — or even better, reach out to a member of our team. We have several professionals who review resumes and can assist you in your area of interest.

Dates

Listing dates on your resume needs to be consistent. The general format of month/year with an em dash in between works best. For example., Jan 2017 — Jan 2018

Skills section

Show — don’t tell — your soft skills. Instead of saying you are an effective communicator, describe an example of a part of a team that brought ineffective communication and collaboration to drive success. When it comes to technical skills, list them from left to right, separated by a comma, with the leftmost being most proficient. Skip rating yourself on a scale of 1-5. They are arbitrary and don’t mean anything to others.

Length of your resume

The ideal length of your resume should be 1 page (for 10years of experience or less), But this can vary based on the field of experience. When crafting your resume, read every word to understand what value it truly brings in conveying your experience — and if you can’t think of much, then skip it. As mentioned above, the average time recruiters scan your resume is merely 6 seconds.

We understand this might sound overwhelming, but like all things in life, it only comes with practice, and making finer edits along the way is what will help you land that interview. At FAANGPath, we have professional resume writers who can review your resume, LinkedIn, and provide any additional advice that can make the complicated job hunting process a tad bit easier.

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