Edging Through HR

It’s time of the year to start sharpening your pens (or your mouse) if you have been thinking of quoting your job for at least 6 months. I’ll take it that you have read this article before you decided that this job is not for you and one more day here is one more day wasting your talent. If it’s the case, let’s prepare your resume.

If you have been updating your resume regularly, it should be really easy to whip out your CV when the right opportunity comes by. If you haven’t, then it’s time to make it a habit. My suggestion is to update at least every six months so that your resume stay relevant and also that you don’t forget the little stuff you have been doing for your boss.

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details, shall we?

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Try to limit your pages on your résumés. Yes, you feel the need to write as many experiences as possible relating to your job but given the time the HR have in sorting out your résumé from the pile of 50 or more résumés from other candidates, nobody has time to read thoroughly through anything more than 5 pages. And please don’t use the smallest font size so that you can squeeze as many words as possible. It makes our eyes tired and by the time we got to the bottom of your résumé, we have already lost interest.

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Put in what you can do at the top of the pages after your contact details. This allows HR to quickly determine if you are suitable for the job scope and not having him or her to scroll through your résumé for keywords.

Example: I have over 5 years of management, operations and sales experience in which I have participated in numerous major projects such as xxxx, xxxx and xxxx. My sales target is 90% and I have always achieved 95% every quarter.

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Tailor your content
You must have heard or read this advice before. Seriously, using a generic résumé template across all the jobs are not going to cut it anymore. You need to tailor your content to suit your audience. Even if you are applying for the 10 of the same job with the same job title, each company have different needs and very different culture. My suggestion is for you to comb through the job description, research on the company’s history and culture before tailoring your profile. A boring stiff résumé will never fit into vibrant companies like FaceBook or Google. A quirky innovative résumé will be ignored in a more traditional company.

Point form
This is not a writing contest so flowery words that speak big vocabulary will only confuse and frustrated the reader. Simple, direct and in point form will make reading your résumé easier after the 101st résumé we have read, a lot gentler on our eyes.

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Do use standard formats and fonts such as New Times Roman or Arial, keeping to font size 11 or 12. If you need to highlight a title or key point, use bold and underlined. Skip the colors. If the HR were to need to print out the selected résumés for the hiring manager, it will usually be in black and white.

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Please do not only give out one number. At least provide a second number where we can reach you. When we need to call 100 candidates for interview, if we don’t get through the first time, we might renegade your résumé to the bottom of the pile and call again when we reached the bottom. Calling the missed number back will only direct you to the main operator of the company. More than often, there is more than one HR who is in charge of recruiting and you might not get transferred to his or her line easily and his line is probably busy since he is calling the rest of the candidates.

Email Address
This irks me to the max when I see résumé with email addresses such as hotguy1990@hotmail.com or happycookie1978@gmail.com or maxxxxxoout@yahoo.com. Use an email address that reflects your name or your initials. This way if you replied to our mass email blast, we can easily identify you and tie in with the résumé you sent in.

spamUsing numbers in the end is a big no no. It either shows that your preferred email address have been taken up and you are not creative enough (or lazy) to think up of a new one that suits you, or it just reflected the year you are born, or it represents the year you set up your email box. Whatever it is, it is just plain unprofessional.

Photo
I’m on the fence here whether should I include my photo in. Why? Because first impressions are lasting and I don’t want my first impression with the interviewer based on one photo, I rather give a lasting impression face to face. So unless it is absolutely a requirement, I usually skip the photo portion.

If you really have to use a photo, please use one that is professionally taken. No cut off arms and half bodies appearing in your headshot. And please, don’t use your driver’s license or passport photos. A good professionally photo will last you through many years (or many jobs) so it’s worth of the investment.

Cover Letter
It is crucial to have a good cover letter. Write the cover letter tailored to the job you are applying for. If résumé is showcasing your skills and talent, then cover letter is how those skills and talent you mentioned ties into what the company is looking for.

The above tips are just the basics of writing a good resume. I wish you best of luck in your endeavors!

So have you come across horrible resumes? Please do share your stories at below comments.

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  1. Great advice Kally as usual. I love how you are able to make everything sound so easy. A great talent of yours. Like I said before, you are a natural teacher and it is a career that you should really consider.

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  2. I love this article. Been following pretty much all the points on my resume, and of late it’s been so hectic meeting employers, chatting about positions and negotiating salaries (always frustrating!). I find tailoring your resume and highlighting the skills mentioned in the job application onto the first half of your resume helps a lot – shows that you are paying attention to the ad and what is expected of the position.

    I tend to submit my resume and cover letter in PDF format as opposed to Word, unless the job application states otherwise. I reckon it’s more professional that way – you can’t edit a PDF and so it’s final. Also, I tend not to bother to apply for jobs that were adverised 4-5 days ago. My hunch is that recruiters tend to start looking at applications once they start coming in…and most of the jobs I hear back from are when I applied within a couple of days the ad went up online.

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    • Great tips! Thanks for sharing these tips with us. One thing though, I do find that if you wait for a week or two to send in your resume works as well because they might not find the right person during the first few days and deciding to lower their standards as they get desperate to meet their target.

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      • That is true. I got a job earlier in the year when I applied on the closing date 😀 But these days I usually get a call the day after I submit the resume. I find that if it’s a permanent position, then employers do take their time to advertise and find the right person, the right “fit”.

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  3. Great advice Kally. I think I’ve used all of the points you’ve raised here and I still can’t get that elusive job. I’ve had so many interviews so I know I can write a great cover letter and resume but can’t quite get past the finish line. Guess I’ll just have to keep writing in the meantime.

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  4. Great tips here. I remember when I was working for our airport’s management firm we would get some of the funniest resumes. One in particular was a job title of “assistant to the clown.” I can’t recall the duties because we were laughing so hard it was out of control. Needless to say this resume wasn’t even close to being considered for any type of position with our firm.

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  5. Very well crafted details…this will surely help prospective candidates seeking newer opportunities, in creating the resume that will win them an opportunity to sit across the table for a face to face meeting

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  6. Bonjour KALLY
    Ton amitié c’est un rayon de lumière
    Une tendresse journalière
    Un doux morceau de bonheur
    Telle la douceur d’une fleur
    Je viens déposer une petite recette sur ton blog que j’apprécie
    Alors, je me dis
    As-tu déjà ouvert ton internet .Es tu là ! Oui ou non
    Ce n’est pas bien grave tu trouveras bien mon petit mot
    Je venais juste te faire un petit coucou
    Passe une bonne journée en samedi

    gros bisous

    Bernard

    C’EST MOI LOL après un petit passage à vide

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  7. La vie est un poème vécu au jour le jour
    Avec ses joies, ses échecs, ses tristesses
    Ses amours et ses détresses

    Il faut savoir garder l’espoir

    Réussir ses combats contre la maladie ,ses désillusions ect ….

    Etre solidaire entre amis (ies)


    Avoir du cœur c’est comme si on avait envie de tout partager

    N’oublie pas que la vie est un poème vécu au jour le jour

    Alors vit ,,,,,ce poème, ce petit écris je le partage avec toi

    Gros bisous

    Bernard

    Belle journée

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