First part of your CV is the ticket to catching recruiter’s attention.
Only great resumes land job interviews. But there is a specific part of your resume that has to be greater perhaps greatest. Consider this: most of the times, you send your resume as an email attachment or a PDF file submitted through an online submission system. When hiring managers and recruiters open the file, only the top half — at most — is going to fill their screen.
Hence, this is the part where you need to focus the most. As theses recruitment managers need a reason to scroll down instead of tossing the current file away and moving to the next file. Note: There is an abundance of job seekers these days.
Utilizing the available space wisely
Web designers call this section above the fold. This term originates from the newspaper industry, where the most important headlines were printed literally above the part where the paper folded in half.
As you can only add limited information into this narrow space you have to be very careful about the contents of this section. The margins of your page should be set to a minimum and include brief contact details only. In this way you can make room for important information that is critical for a great CV.
You always put the best items of your shop in the window to attract more customers. It is therefore advised to use this section to introduce yourself in the most compelling–though not necessarily the most comprehensive–way, bullet out your core skills, and still have some space left to show off your most recent role.
Making a punchy profile is a good idea
Basically, your resume is a marketing document for your services as an employee, so starting with an elevator-style pitch is a great way to reel people in.
Making a career profile section comprising 5-8 lines that gives a high-level summary of your abilities in a well-written and persuasive manner is a great idea. A profile lets you summarize your experience and skills persuasively and tells the employer the benefits that you can provide to the role.
One thing that you should keep in mind here is that the employers don’t want to know about what you want. So, make sure that your profile doesn’t read like an objective statement. Your resume should be written purely to sell your talents help you land in the interview room.
If you opt for a profile, avoid tired clichés like, “hardworking team player, dedicated to achieving results.” They may sound impressive but do not describe what you’ll actually do in the workplace.
You may well be a hardworking team player, but it’s better to demonstrate this point with evidence, rather than simply stating it. Instead, you should try saying that “established IT sales consultant with five years of experience providing multi million-dollar database solutions to global retail organizations.”
It is imperative to offer a brief extract of context, factual evidence, and even metrics, while giving the impression that you’re a results-driven hard worker — all before getting to your work experience section.
Include a core skills section
This section simply consists of a list of bullet points highlighting your most in-demand skills and knowledge. It is intended to give the recruiters an instant snapshot of your skillset at a glance. The section follows personal profile section.
It is important for you to do your homework and find out, which skills are more important to this company. This section, however, should include essential talents only. Each of the talents should be kept short and punchy–at three words or less.
Highlight most recent role
If the position you are applying for is similar to your most recent role, it is important that the recruitment managers encounter this information when they open your CV.
Head the role up with an outline giving a description of the organization you work for, where you sit within the hierarchy, and an overall summary of your accomplishments on the job. The key here is to demonstrate as many sought-after talents above the fold as you can.
It is a good idea to include an impressive achievement with measurable outcomes. It will prove the impact you’ve made.
Any instances where you saved costs, generated revenue, or improved efficiency are always worth noting. For example: “negotiated new supplier deals resulting in a 10% decrease in budget spend annually” or, “delivered all project deliverables three months ahead of scheduled deadline.”
Such statements enable the recruiters to see the true scale of your work and benchmark you against their own standards.
Your chances of getting that interview call will increase manifolds if you succeed in creating a well-crafted resume that features the best of your talents in the first third or so of the document. Millions of wooden pallets end up in landfills every year.