Profile: These 4 or 5 sentence paragraph or bullets are the first step on the ladder to selling yourself. Make sure you fine tune it to the job description.
“Java developer with 5 years of experience handling multiple projects at the same time working in a Windows environment. Led a Digital Team working in the finance and banking sectors. Education includes a Bachelors of Computer Science and Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform certification.”
Education: University Degrees and Certifications are listed in the job description. Put them right under your Profile. Recruiters and Hiring Managers scan quickly for these qualifications. They don’t want to hunt for them so put them right at the beginning. Now they can move onto their next qualifications.
Skills and Technologies: If the job description says you need Java then put down that you have Java or have worked in a Windows environment. This is another qualification they do a quick scan for. If it isn’t there your resume is tossed. If it is there they can move onto the nitty gritty of your resume – the positions and achievements.
Professional Experience: Underline your Company name. CAPITALIZE your position, this will help it to stand out. Next come your achievements. Start them off with action words. Again use the job description to make your achievements pack a punch. Expand on the job description points using examples.
- Designed distributed high-performance trading systems ……expand
- Mentored 3 Junior Developers …….expand
After you shorten your resume to 3 pages maximum, what’s the last thing that you do? Yes – Proofread. Spelling errors show that you didn’t make the extra effort. Yes, they seem like a minor thing, but they are a huge red flag – are you careless, don’t care, don’t know. Will you make the same mistakes in your job. If you are a developer – oops – your program won’t work. Prove you want the job by starting off with a clean concise error free resume.
Good luck job hunting
Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment. Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!