How to write a resume
Recommendations according to which the description of work experience should use action verbs and write about the measurable results of their work, indicating specific numbers in the resume, are unfortunately outdated.
But not because these recommendations cannot produce an impressive text describing your experience, knowledge, and skills.
The reason is that in the computer age a resume has ceased to be a paper document and has become one of the millions of electronic pages of a worksite, no different in terms of the perception of its content from the billions of other pages on the web that users find using search engines.
The logic that guides you when you search the web for content that suits you, and that you follow to evaluate its content, also applies to resume pages.
First, you enter the text you need into the search page (just like when searching for a resume, a recruiter enters the name of a vacant position), then in the search results, select the pages that interest you and study their content.
An important point – if you evaluate the compliance of a page with what you expect to see there, having your own ideas about it, then the recruiter evaluates the degree of compliance of the applicant’s resume with the employer’s requirements, based on the job description, which indicates the requirements for applicants and the content of the job.
And as soon as he finds in the resume the same words and sentences as vacancies, he immediately understands – “This is the one we are looking for!”.
Of course, a qualified recruiter knows the synonyms of the “correct” words, and may even spend time studying the resume to find signs of its compliance with the job description, but you need to understand that, other things being equal, he will choose those resumes in which this correspondence is obvious, both in the part of the vacancy title and in the part of the resume text.
I’ll tell you how and where to find the “correct words” for the title and resume text.
How to name the desired position
The answer is simple – as employers most often name the position you want in their posted job postings.
How to find out which name is the most popular – do not be lazy to collect statistics from the site to find a job.
Choose those vacancies for which you want to apply, see how employers call them, the most common ones use as the title of the desired position on your resume.
If you find several names that are close in the frequency of occurrence, you can use several, but not in one, comma-separated resume, which is a common mistake, but in the separate resumes, since work sites allow you to do this.
Of course, no one will forbid you to be creative and originally name your resume, for example, “specialist in the organization of multimodal transportation” instead of “logistics manager”, but do not forget that the search for the phrase “logistics manager” is most likely not will show your resume to a potential employer.
And if it does, the degree of correspondence between the resume of your competitors in the labor market and the job description “Logistics Manager” will by definition be higher than yours, at least in terms of matching the title of the desired position with the name of the vacancy.
A practical example – a programmer-developer may call his resume Fullstack Developer, really considering himself as such, but since such a job title is used relatively rarely, it will complicate the job search for at least two reasons.
I have already written about the specifics of search results, I would like to draw your attention to one more point – let’s say our Fullstack Developer has applied for a Frontend Developer vacancy.
Now put yourself in the shoes of an employer – you really want to spend time trying to figure out why a generalist developer is interested in a vacancy that implies the lack of demand for some knowledge and skills?
It’s easier to look at alternative candidates. I admit that I am wrong, but recruiters I know, especially in conditions of time pressure, do just that.
Conclusion – the names of the positions you want should match those that employers use in the descriptions of published vacancies.
How to find words for your resume text
Let me explain from the experience of editing a financier’s resume.
To collect an array of fixed expressions and phrases describing the requirements for applicants and the content of work in the financial and economic sphere, descriptions of all vacancies suitable for the applicant were copied from hh.ru to a separate file.
I wrote in detail about the criteria for choosing suitable vacancies in the article How to evaluate the cost of an applicant or employee.
It turned out 10 sheets of MS Word document, from which the necessary text fragments were then selected.
The applicant’s resume was corrected using the most successful and relatively universal wording from the job descriptions.
To quickly find the information I needed on 10 pages, I used word search.
If I wanted to write about “budgeting”, I introduced “budget”, about “loans” – “credit”, etc.
From the text found in the job descriptions, I chose the one that suited the applicant, reworked and inserted it into the resume text.
What, as it became clear from the analysis of job advertisements, is not claimed by employers and does not appear in job descriptions, was removed. The output is several resumes with different names.
Conclusion: the text of the resume optimized for the expectations of employers should, if possible, be composed of stable phrases used by employers in job descriptions.