By Sandra HolzOn Aug 19, 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.
As there are guidelines around using your photo in the resume, there are guidelines for the language you should use in your resume. Some prefer to write resumes in the third person but everybody knows that you are writing your resume by yourself. Therefore always write in the first person but remove pronouns. Pronouns are extra words you would be adding in descriptions. Remove them and save space.Also, take care of the grammar. If you have bad grammar like me, do get it to proofread from someone proficient in grammar. You dont want to create a bad impression by using bad grammar in your resume.
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