The company hires those who are similar to the current employees

Consider yourself in the position of the Human Resource manager, instead of merely filling the empty position, what kind of candidate’s traits will you hire? Well, sometimes we are rejected not because we are not qualified but either because we are over good (over educated, over high GPA, etc) or we are not fit in to the company’s requirements.

The company wants someone who shares similar value, personality, interest, and KSA (Knowledge, Skill, Ability) to the existing members of the company. A company needs stability and keep employee turnover as low as possible and tend to avoid deviant behaviors.

There is no one CV which fits all vacancies

In regards to the tips#1, every job application needs customization. Hence, you have to research your desired company before modifying your CV. If the company values creativity and innovation, emphasize your CV in that section.

One of my friends asked “If the CV format is all similar, how can ours stand out? What if I just write one sentence?”. Yes, you can be hired if you can convince the company to take a risk on you. The main point still depends on the nature and the characteristics of the company. A cutting edge and innovative companies probably seek extraordinary workers while conventional bankers prefer more open applicants so you can win their trusts.

First, put an open strong objective

Different from cover letter, resume also needs an objective. The objective points out your purpose of applying, including the position desired and your qualities. Open strong means it is not wordiness, only 20–30 words. An instance of a good objective would be: As a Research Developer (position) in (Insert Name) Company to create a responsible sauce with my food coloring specialization. State the mutual benefits and your competitive advantage to help the recruiter spends more time reading your CV.

Convert words into evidence: personality into behaviors

The common mistakes we make is write down our self impressions of ourselves, such as: “I can work with a team and have a good communication skill”, which is sometimes overvalued. Hence, it is better to write it down implicitly, such as “I have worked with colleagues from different nationalities to accomplish (insert name) project” or “I have won a soccer competition”. Even though hobbies sometimes irrelevant, but it can reflect your personalities. Thus, your CV should emphasize on facts rather than self-assessments.

Use the terminologies that the industry are familiar with

Websites, can help us to find the vocabularies of the job we have previously worked or we are applying for. You can put it on descriptions of your experience or education section. For example, Customer Relationship Management job description would be to enhance data quality in a clerical database platform. Thus, you can put ‘clerical’ or ‘SAP’ or other programs which you have learnt.

Your resume reflects your personality: make your CV readable and consistent

You have to impress the recruiters with what displayed in the paper. Grammatically incorrect words show that you are reckless and sloppy. Using bullets, bold, underline and italics may help the reader to skim your CV faster in important points. Furthermore, if you use verbs at the beginning of your description, consistently use verbs.

Organization culture is different: put photos or not?

Questions about putting photos on CV may depend on the culture and regulation of the company. Revealing the colour of your skin might lead to bias; however, if there is no rules, just put your best professional photos. An international firm might seek a diverse workforce so your race might be a competitive advantage.

Finally, if your application is rejected, just remember that it does not mean you are not qualified. Sometimes, you are outperform or different from the existing employees. Do not forget to research the company and modify your CV before applying! And remember, be prepare to explain what you put in your CV because the recruiter will ask it during the interview session.

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