By On Jan 04, 2019 Free Resume
You may be thinking why would I say this? What about being creative? I am a designer, Why should I use old templates which anyone can use? With the dawn of Applicant Tracking System (ATS), You may need to hold your creative juices here. Some companies use ATS for handling resumes. These systems let companies to automatically filter candidates based on some criteria. According to ATS guidelines, your resumes should not contain any graphic element. This means no images, icons, tables or any shapes. If any of these are present, ATS could jumble up your information while reading your resumes and you could lose a potential job opportunity. There are other guidelines too around using font type, bullets etc. For full list of guidelines, read this article.
Its very important to show relevant experience to the job you are applying. You might have work experience in print media but it would be of less value when applying for a UX role. Its true that any kind of professional experience does matter. It surely improves your soft skills. But remember, recruiters would only care for it in the second stage of your recruiting process. First, They need to know your relevant skills for the role. Being specific to the role also prevents any kind of confusion at the recruiter end otherwise, he will have a hard time figuring it out. You also dont want to portray yourself confused about the role you are applying. Tailoring your resume to the role clears your purpose. It also makes it clear that the candidate knows the job he has to perform.
Interests/Hobbies add a unique trait to the personality of the individual. It surely adds a value to the profile of the candidate. Suppose you are a good singer, You can make party times even better. After all, Jobs are not only about work. If you could add a unique value to the team, You would always be preferred. Singing, Cooking, Instruments, Writing, etc., are unique traits and if you have them, you should definitely mention them. Avoid writing binge-watching Netflix, traveling, playing games or listening to music. Everybody does that and love them. Prefer to exclude these generic interests from your resume. You dont want to sound dumb.
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