First things first, create a professional resume & ensure these critical things are taken care of to avoid biggest resume mistakes people make
Following expert & insider tips could make a difference between endlessly applying on 100s of Jobs without getting a call or getting busy with attending Interviews for jobs that you would really want. A professional resume is first step to ensure you start your job search on right footing.
Step1 - Mind your Location & Take care of the most critical screening criterian
Do you know more than 50% applications for a job are rejected because the location mentioned in the resume is not same as location of the job?
You must ensure that you explicitly mention your current location (city / state) in your resume and if you are looking for a job in another city, find a local contact & give that address as your current address.
Companies seldom shortlist people who are not local because of complexity of handling outstation candidates & their low likelihood of joining even after getting an offer.
Apart from your location, you resume must have your email & phone number where recruiters can reach you, apart form your total experience on top of your resume.Know your strengths and discover opportunities that are available around your skills and expertise
Step2 - Avoid out of range jobs to save ton of sweat
Do not Apply for jobs that are out of range for your skills or experience. This not only will save you a lot of energy but will also help you apply on jobs first where you have better chance of success
Lets face it, if someone requires 10 years of experience in java & you have 1 years of experience, why waste time in even submitting the resume. Similarly, if someone is offering a CTC of 400,000 units and you aready make 500,000, there is no point in even trying for such an opportunity.
Do not just blindly apply on requirements, ensure they are within reasonable range of your skills and experience. (+- 2 years etc...)
Step3 - Avoid wrong information trap
Avoid giving wrong information in your resume as recruiters will only ask in the interview what is written in your resume.
Even if wrong info gets you shortlisted for interview call, you would not get through the interview process. For example, never claim to have hands on experience in a skills that you have no clue about, chances are you would get busted in the interview.
So what if job requires a skill or domain knowledge that you do not have? Read on to step4 for solution to this problem.
Step 4# Not knowing what job needs is not end of the world
Sometimes, this one point can make or break your chances of getting screened in by screening software or person for your dream job.
If you are looking for a job in a skill area and you do not have experience in that area, it is ok to read up on that area, become familiar & get some knowledge about it. After you do so, go ahead and write about it in your resume.
For example, if you read up and get yourself knowledgeable about a skill, you can safely write -- Though I do not have hands on experience in Java, I have academic knowledge about it & it can pick it up really fast if required.
If you absolutely want to get job in a particular area that is complex enough to require professional training, go ahead and join that short duration course to get hands on skills in that area and then shoot for your dream opening.
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