How to get your resume noticed।all indian creation।some tips
Getting a job is not easy.Especially if you are applying for a job at one of the top-notch companies that are coveted by talented applicants globally. Typically when you apply for a job at one of these hot, in-demand companies, you are competing with not only your college classmates but also with the best minds from the around the world. For example, studies reveal that Google gets over 1 millions job applications each year and only hires about 0.4 to 0.5 percent of them. The Indian tech giant Infosys received 8,30,000 job applications in 2011 alone; it usually rejects more than 90 percent of all applications. Given these overwhelming statistics, one thing is for sure: having the right skill sets, work experience and brand name of your resume is not going to be enough to you that high -paying job in your dream company. Don’t get me wrong, it is extremely important to have the necessary skill sets, experience and brand name on your resume and without them, it is probably going to be tough for most people to even compete in the job market. However, the point is that having the necessary skills, experience and brand names doesn’t mean that you can effort to be complacent. Wheather you like it or not, chances are that there are plenty of other people out there who also have a resume just as amazing as yours, if not even better. The competition in today’s job market is so high that it has become very important to find ways to differentiate yourself from the crowd so that you get noticed when the employer looks at your resume.
When you are applying for a job at a particular company, the first thing to do is to try and find somebody who is already working there and get them to recommend you to the HR department. Nothing can be as effective or valuable as somebody willing to risk their own reputation to recommend your name. This is where years of networking, building relationships and knowing the right people can give you a head start in terms of getting your foot in the door. However, if you don’t know anyone working in that company, the only other option you have is to start at the back of the line and follow the typical job application process, which could be through campus recruitments, online job portals, applying directly on the company’s website and cold emailing somebody in the HR department. The problem with the whole recruiting process is the fact that HR professionals in most large companies look at thousands of resumes every month and after a period of time become jaded and tired of going through so many of them. When you apply for a job at a company, you are essentially just a piece of paper unless your resume stands out somehow. Without possessing the skills that a job requires you to have, it is almost impossible to get that job. However, the necessary skills are just not enough well-qualified and enthusiastic applicants. That is why it is extremely important to find ways to stand out from the crowd and somehow grab the attention of the person looking at your resume. Why would a company want to hire you if you are exactly like the person they looked at before looking at your resume?
If you do a quick Google search on resume templates, you will find thousands of websites from where you can download standard resume templates, using which you can easily create a resume for yourself in any word processing software. However, almost all the resume templates you find on the internet follow a fairly similar standard structure, format and style. Try reading through some of the resumes that are available online for a few minutes and you will get a good sense of what HR professionals go through on a daily basis. Going through thousands of resumes-especially when most of them have the same structure, format and look and feel – can be an extremely boring and monotonous yet very important job. This means that while applying for a job, you need to find ways to attract the attention of the prospective employers who sometimes may not give your resume more than a few seconds of their attention. During my final year at Stanford University, a lot of my friends were applying for jobs at various hot silicon valley companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Square, box, Tesla, and others.
Considering that Stanford is one of the top colleges in the world, you would imagine that graduate would find it quite easy and straightforward to get a job. In reality, even at the top educational institutions across the world( whether it is a Stanford IIT, IIM, BITS or NIT in India), there is a tremendous competition. Usually, at these top colleges, you are competing for a few hot jobs with all who are just like you and have excellent resumes, work experience, and recommendation letters. During the recruitment season at Stanford, I normally get almost weekly updates from all my friends about their experiences with various companies at various stages of the recruitment process. During one these conversations, I found out that my classmates and close friend Suril had come up with a very innovation strategy to stand out from the cullet and get noticed by companies more often.
Suril grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and after graduating from the GLS High School got admission to Stanford University in 2009. He spent four and a half years at Standford University and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science. During his final year at Stanford, Suril decided to start applying to various companies just like everybody else at Stanford. The first step for Suril was to create a resume to showcase everything that he had to offer to his future employer. Just like everybody else, he went online and downloaded one of the many standard resume templates available on the web. The only difference was that he then threw the standard template out of the window and instead decided to design a resume from scratch that was unique and different from everybody else’s. He found the standard resume template dull, constraining and too predictable and realized there had to be a better way to showcase himself to prospective employers. Instead of using the standard table and tabulated sections that everybody uses in their resumes, Suril decided to change things and used in for graphics in his resume to showcase his skill sets, work history, achievements and other extracurricular activities. Instead of merely listing the names of various companies, organizations, and colleges that he had attended, he chose the more visually appealing option and used their logos instead. To show his work history over the years, he made use of a visual timeline bar and to show his technical skills he used a circular bar chart. His innovative use of infographics allowed him to showcase more skills than he would have been able to otherwise.
Infographics or Information Graphics are visual representations of information and data and are typically used to present complex information clearly and quickly. With the help of infographics, Suril was able to make his resume easier to read, give it more clarity and accentuate those of his achievements that he wanted his employers to focus on. The great thing about infographics is that they allow you to convey more information in a limited amount of space. Most companies typically require resumes to not be longer than a page. That one page is essentially your only chance to advertise yourself to companies. Using infographics on your resume gives you the opportunity (just like Suril) to showcase many more of your experiences, work history and achievements to employers than you would ordinarily have been able to. The biggest advantage of having a unique resume is that it helps you to stand out from the crowd and break the monotony that most HR professionals normally face when they are evaluation resumes. For example, the mere fact that Suril’s resume was unique and different from that of others meant that HR professionals usually ended up spending more time going over it and paid closer attention to it. You may have excellent achievements in your academic and professional careers, If you don’t present that information well, chances are you will get lost in the crowd. Not only did the unique resume help Suril get noticed more often and get more interview calls than others, it also became a great icebreaker and talking point during the interview rounds. More often than not people appreciated the fact that he had gone the extra mile to make his resume look better and different from others. Which company will not jump at the opportunity to hire somebody who is innovation, thinks out of the box and takes more initiative than required?
It is important to note that just having a fancy looking resume without any substances is not going to get you anywhere. The strategy described in this section is purely going to help you differentiate yourself from the crowd and get noticed more often by more companies. You still need to spend years building and growing your skills, experience, and exposure so that the value proposition that you bring to your employers is irrefutable. For example, Suril was the youngest in the world to get prestigious industry certifications like Sun Certified Java Programmer, Oracle Certificated DBA, SAP, Certified Netweaver Consultant and others. Moreover, it is probably a good idea to also keep a traditional resume handy because of many companies may prefer to receive your traditional resume for administrative reasons. For example, many companies use OCR scanning tools to scan your resumes and add you to their system. Usually, such scanning tools work much better with traditionally formatted resumes.