The do's and don't's for an efficient resume

Recruiters receive many resumes every day. So it is essential to know how to stand out from the candidates crowd thanks to an efficient CV. Picture, use of keywords, languages etc..., Spring Professional shares for you precious advice which will help you get a job interview thanks to your resume.
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Do

  • - When a job opportunity arises, you got to be ready! Maintain your information up to date (phone, address, email, dates of contract...), your search criteria (full/part-time) and your availability.
  • - Opt for a reverse chronological order to describe your education and experience: the most recent elements  should come first.
  • - If your resume is well oriented, your chances to raise the recruiter’s interest are increased. Use precise and non-standard keywords to describe your skills and tasks, in relationship to the position you’re applying to.
  • - IT and language skills are good advantages for many positions. Mention the softwares you master and your mother and foreign tongue(s) with your level, and above all be honest with yourself.
  • - A resume should be short, 1 or 2 page(s) on average. Write a link to your LinkedIn profile for the recruiter to have more information about your profile.

Don't

  • - Recruiters can easily check what you have written on your resume. Don’t lie and don’t be too vague. A lie could trigger a tricky situation and could prevent you from being selected for the job.
  • - A resume is a like a business card. If you add a photo, don’t choose a picture that would be too personal, add a professional photo instead. The employer needs to be able to imagine you in the position and in the work environment.
  • - A resume must be analysable in a few seconds. Don’t write it with long sentences. Use keywords instead, describe your tasks with bullet points and choose a pleasant visual aspect, while using the specific vocabulary from the industry you’re applying to.
  • - Don’t let the recruiter know you too deeply and personally. Don’t list non relevant hobbies or personal information.
  • - Your information on the resume must be clear and specific. To describe your level of language, don’t use unclear terms but the European reference (A1 to C2) instead.

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