Maybe it’s your first job or you want to change jobs. Here’s the best advice from the recruiting experts.
Which formats should I use? Which skills should I include? How should I do it if I don’t have any experience? Tec Review asked experts on recruiting and job vacancies for tips on how to write a résumé. Here are their suggestions:
The process of selecting the ideal candidate for a job vacancy can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack, due to the enormous challenge of processing hundreds of applications.
That’s why our experts are here to tell you how to make an impressive résumé.
Also read: How can you create an impressive résumé?
Ricardo Triana, Managing Director Latin America of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a company dedicated to project management and improving professional careers, shares tips that can help your job application make an impact so you can show an organization you are the missing piece they need.
75% of résumés are rejected before being seen by human resources specialists, says Triana.
This happens when the selection process is saturated by so many applicants that there’s no time to read most of the documents.
The project manager says that some companies often use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to weed people out.
This software helps to process all the résumés sent by applicants and usually searches for a match using some words that the recruiter is looking for.
“If I’m looking for business analysis, I search for a person with those characteristics, so that I can filter out applicants, which reduces their chances of moving quickly to the next stage,” he says.
The key to beating these selection systems lies in what you put on your résumé.
That’s why the expert recommends checking that the skills you have match the position you are applying for. He suggests adding words related to that position so that the ATS filter will rate you higher.
“Make sure that what you’re trying to express on the résumé really stands out and relates to the position. In other words, if I’m looking for business analysis and I search for a person with those characteristics, the system will show me that type of applicant,” he explains.
He says one of the problems is that people are so concerned with selling themselves when creating a résumé that they forget what the organization is looking for in a given project, which reduces their chances of moving forward to the next stage.
“Obviously, looking for work is a job in itself, so it’s a good idea to customize your résumé to each position you are applying for,” he says.
There’s a false belief that a striking résumé format is one with extremely elaborate graphic designs, but it isn’t.
In fact, an exaggerated résumé can be counterproductive, as it could be considered as ‘overplaying’ your personality and that’s something that recruiters instantly notice.
According to specialists in human resources at Trabajo en Digital, an enterprise dedicated to providing solutions in this area, résumés should be written in simple fonts with no more than three colors.
This is due to the fact that many people tend to make résumés with very busy designs, which –according to recruiters– makes them look more like high school love letters.
The other extreme is very dull résumés, in Word format with Times New Roman font.
Headhunters and talent scouts agree that Word is outdated, even more so if you want to apply for a digital vacancy.
There is a false perception that a creative résumé is one with a lot of design and colors.
However, sometimes less is more. This is something that applies perfectly to a résumé, where the important thing is that the recruiter understands the part of you that you want to convey.
A creative résumé is one that communicates who you are as a professional and as a person.
There are new trends and templates on the internet that you can use, but what will make you stand out from the hundreds of proposals that reach a recruiter –believe it or not– is simplicity.
This is according to Alina Álvarez Etchegaray, a Tec graduate with 10 years’ experience of leading groups at creative companies, who is currently at the Plot agency.
In an interview with Tec Review, she says that the more minimalist creative résumés will visually attract a recruiter’s attention.
Alina Álvarez recommends not using very complicated formats, since those that attempt to be too creative don’t work, even if it’s for an agency in that field, because she says it complicates the recruiter’s reading.
It would seem that a creative person doesn’t need to be so organized. However, Álvarez says the work is so demanding at creative agencies that they look for organized people in the recruiting process and hope –at least– to see that reflected in the résumé.
An organized résumé prioritizes order and highlights your most relevant work experience, from the most recent to the oldest.
You should also include the start to finish dates for each job and divide each area you want to present into sections.