By Gerda MenzelOn Aug 26, 2019 Free Resume
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.
This is the highly debated topic on the internet about adding a photo in your resume. Countries like US or UK dont prefer to have photos on the resume. Photos reveal a lot about candidates like his caste, color, creed etc. Labor and anti-discrimination laws in these countries prevent employers from requesting a good deal of personal information. As a result, organizations rarely request a photo as part of a job application nor do they expect one, particularly for professional positions. I did not understand why they have such laws. Photos are generally available on the applicant social accounts too. What do you guys think about it? Let me know in comments. Anyway laws are laws. We need to abide by them.
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.
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