Hi, I passed the SJCP last month and I've been actively looking for a job ever since. So far I haven't got any call from recruiters / employers. My question is: what can I put in my resume to attract their attention? Thanks in advance, ivt
First things first, you have to tidy up your presentation. Your resum� is very hard to read (why have you squashed it up like that ?) which will put off many people straight away. Add some emphasis (bold for section titles, at least) and make sure your lines wrap reasonably. Remember, you are selling yourself and your skills, so make it as easy as you can for a reader. Another general point is the same as I say to almost everyone who shows me a resum�: You have to use your imagination, and think like someone looking for an employee. Try it, it's not as hard as you think. Now a few more detailled points:
Put your availability (status or date) right at the top. Also put a "resum� date" at the top. Don't get rejected because someone thinks they are looking at an old resum�
Although Spanish may be your native language, if you are applying for primarily English speaking positions list English first so it looks more important.
Put experience (in years, or at least months) next to your skills. Recruiters short-list by looking for things like "2 years of Java" - show them what you have got so you can get on that short-list without them having to read the rest.
Your "qualifications" and "skills" sections are muddled. Qualifications are things you get a certificate for, and don't include general experience. Consider replacing your "objective" section with a paragraph of general "sales pitch" about what you have to offer. Remember, make it easy for someone to choose you, give them what they need and don't make them work for it.
Explain your terms or don't use them. I could make little sense of "This company is a technology leader for electronic host based stored value cards, virtual stored value accounts and Internet payment systems". I'd forget about these "company details" and spend more time describing the technologies you used in each position. And is "CTI" a job description or an employer or what? - I can't quite work out what you mean by "CTI - WildCard Systems SA". If it's not an industry standard term of the level of XML, explain it.
You say that you have designed an internet site - so give a link to it. Your biggest asset may turn out to be the work you can put on show. Use the WWW as your "portfolio".
I hope you are not offended by any of these points, and I hope they are "food for thought". If you do change your resum� as a result of any of these points, please let us see the new version! And I'll always accept comments on my own resum� too !
Originally posted by Frank Carver: First things first, you have to tidy up your presentation. Your resum� is very hard to read (why have you squashed it up like that ?) which will put off many people straight away.
Ivette, by the way you claim HTML experience in your resume
Originally posted by Frank Carver: Put your availability (status or date) right at the top. Also put a "resum� date" at the top.
Also add your work status here. You worked in Chile and Cuba and it's not clear for kind of work status do you have.
Hi frank, Since u r having lot of experience ur resume looks perfect. How should i design with 2yrs experience? Can u tell me some resume tips or links. Another question: Do they look for any certifications in our resume?Does it give more credits to resume? Thanks, donna
posted 17 years ago
I really appreciate your comments. I'll work on that and post a new copy when I finish. About the presentation, I have to say that I just pasted a plain text in the yahoo service. Here is a better one - I guess ivt
posted 17 years ago
Well, that one certainly looks prettier on the screen, but I'm afraid it still looks less than impressive when printed. Even if you are applying for a web designer position, you still need a paper resum�. People need something they can shove around a meeting room table or hand to a colleague.
Can u tell me some resume tips or links. My most important resum� "tip" is always the same: Use your imagination. You have to put yourself in the position of an employer. No one (especially these days) is going to hand out jobs like party treats because they think someone deserves work. A potential employer is going to be someone who has too much work to be done, and not enough people to do it. Following this line of thought, such a person is going to be very busy, probably stressed, and with a tendency to make snap judgements. So, do everything you can to make it an easy, pleasant and stress-free experience to consider you for a position. Make choosing you the simple choice. Make it so easy that they don't even bother looking at the hundreds of other candidate resum�s. Target each resum� as closely as you can to a specific position (or at least a specific type of position). Make it easy to read and find things, Give useful information, don't give superfluous information. You can't afford to be lazy. If you are out of work, the main resource you have is time, so leverage it. Even if it takes you ten hours to save a potential employer ten minutes - it's worth it if it gets you the job!
I have to agree with Frank on most of what he said. Putting yourself in the interviewers shoes is something you must do first and foremost. Another thing that I was always told to do is hilite areas of your job career where you made a specific (and significant) impact. Such as ... "Improved the performance of several key components of product xyz, saving the company $xxxxx over a two-year period." "Worked with the quality assurance and sales teams to secure several customer contracts, adding significantly to the company's revenue targets."