Welcome to the episode of Work Insight, where we share insights captured from Tao.ai platform when dealing with our hundreds of customers and hundreds and thousands of subscribers.
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For today’s conversation we talked about one of the very critical point or topic when it come to job search, it’s resume writing.
So we, even ourselves in Tao platform ask our at least Tao.ai public platform, ask job seekers to upload their resume and then we … our AI picks it up and then shared with the recruiters and we make those arrangements happen. And we capture insights, we capture recruiters’ feedback, and we sort of understand what’s going on. And we’d take it from there.
So some of the critical insights that I would love to share with you all, so I don’t know how many times we have seen a resume that never ends, it’s a long, long, and long and long and long and laborious textual representation of what you are. But if you think what is a resume? It’s a small ad, it’s an advertisement that tells a recruiter like me who you are, what you represent, so I became more interested, so I can talk to you, I can bring you on the call.
So remember, you don’t have to write your complete biography or memoir in this resume. You just need a snapshot, a very accurate representation of who you are in a very sturdy but also succinct way. So don’t tell me where you were born. I am very less interested your date of birth, so certain things that just you can throw it out. And don’t explain like 17-page of what you did in your last role.
Just tell me highlights, the bullet points that is applicable to the requirement that I have currently. So if the requirement says I’m looking for a coffee maker, just write that, “I have made 1700 coffee designs or coffee varieties.” Don’t tell me … don’t explain me the process of how you make coffee and what’s going on, because, again, a resume is not the document that will get you your job. A resuming is that document that will get you in your interview.
And understand from the recruiters’ perspective as well, they have go they have been going through tons and tons and tons of resumes, right? When they’re picking and looking for candidates. So if your resume doesn’t show your relevance to the role within 5 seconds, then there’s very less likely … like with every additional second your chances keep getting slimmer and slimmer in getting picked up. So make sure you’re being a devil’s advocate and look through your resume and see what’s going on, and shorten it.
One of the interesting trick that I recommend to folks and we recommend to folks in the like is we ask them, “Hey, just send yourself this resume, just change the name, and email it to yourself. And then read it. And then see if you like it or not.” Just because you write something sometimes makes you a bit biased towards what’s going on, but the moment you receive an email from someone, try to pretend play that it’s coming from your friend and you want to see that. And also you show it around, show your resume around and see what others think.
So that’s the very high level what’s going on. Now let’s go on a very tactical level on what specific changes you could do.
So obviously, explain your overview? That should come first. And then like we tell it to a lot of job seekers and we have captured from a lot of recruiters – Your most promising things comes first in the resume. So if we read from top to bottom, so the first thing that we want to see is your name, your email, your contact information so we can get in touch, and then instantly I want to understand who are you, why should I keep reading?
So maybe give two to three or four lines about yourself, right? So the highlight of you, what are some of the sterling highlights that define what you are today.
And then later on your next most promising part. Is that your work experience? Then it should come next. Is it your academic background? That should come next.
And in each of those, in your academia or in your projects that you have undertaken or in the roles that you’ve undertaken, the typical rule of thumb I would advise is write maybe one line, so each job add four to five lines, and each line represent a very succinct representation of what you did.
And then obviously every job, certain jobs, require … let’s say R&D job descriptions require you to tell more, but the more you can say with less shows your depth of understanding on a topic. The more you explain it on the document explains that you lack the ability to story tell in a minimalistic way? So it is very easy to be long or it’s very easy to be verbose, but it is very difficult to be short. So that’s why keep that in mind, that just be your devil’s advocate.
And keep removing words that doesn’t add too much to the construct of what you want to say? So one line per project, three to four line per company. Academics, do talk about your projects or highlights, your extracurricular, because that defines what you are beyond work. So if you do lot of volunteer stuff, that’s good enough to show in your resume? So we want to know, recruiters want to know what’s going on.
So let me recap quickly:
One page, best? Every additional page you are losing me.
First seven seconds or five seconds if you don’t give me enough candy to keep reading, then every additional second my interest in your resume keep on declining rapidly, so make sure you keep my attention.
Most promising first. First give me all the contact details – your name and your contact details. Then tell me about the highlight in your career. And from there on just pick your most promising block, so whether it’s your experience block that should come or your academic block. Just whatever you think is most efficient or you want to push out, do that.
And then each job description or each job that you undertook or each project you undertook, three to four lines of activities you did. Each activity at best one line. Definitely don’t do one-and-a-half line, so either two lines, one line, and that’s about it. So don’t go to too much, don’t leave the line in the middle. And make sure your resume has enough white space?
So I hope this is helpful. Do leave in comments what you think. And if you have any additional insights that you want to share that we could put in maybe in a follow up video on resume writing. Thank you so much and subscribe to Tao.ai and let Tao find and help with your career. Thank you so much.