After reviewing the 300 000 resume, you realize how a delicate art – to be able to tell you everything you need on one page. Employees Ladders site operated by subscription for professionals, evaluated and analyzed a number of summaries of their users and after – revealed some of the most popular errors that can seriously affect the fact whether the candidate will be able to go to the interview stage.

In general, the analysis helped identify the three most problematic part of the summary:

  1. 80.4% applicants have made a mistake in the description of experience;
  2. 71.6% made a mistake in the description of skills;
  3. 68.7% could not correctly describe their achievements.

Describe your experience of using verbs

According to Mark Senedelly (Marc Cenedella), founder and CEO Ladders, candidates are not actively use verbs to describe your past experience work. “All feel a strong temptation to list all his achievements – he insists. – Fight it. Nobody wants to read a long list of your “ingredients”, of which you are a member. ” Job seekers spend “millions of hours” on trying to find a synonym for the word “improved”, complains Senedella. It’s a waste of time. “None at all three levels of selection of candidates does not assess their verbal skills” – he said.

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Words such as “hire”, “managed” or “responsible for”, describe the job, but do not say anything about your successes. Use words such as “increased”, “reduced”, “increased”, “bottom” and the like, to convey important information to your future boss.

Instead Senedella recommends that on each item to use one verb, symbolizes success. “Words such as” hire “,” managed “or” responsible for “, describe the job, but do not say anything about your successes. Use words such as “increased”, “reduced”, “increased”, “reduced” and the like, to convey important information to your future boss “- advises Senedella. For example, do not write: “Managed a team of six experts from operating activities”. Instead, say: “By improving work processes to increase efficiency of a group of six people by 17%.”

Tell us about your skills at the start of resume

Often people do not know the importance of a mention of their skills at the beginning of the resume. “It is important to just briefly describe yourself to show three or four most defining skill” – Senedella explains. Without itrecruiter and do not understand what you are really good.

“Immediately declare what kind of job you want and why you deserve it,” – he advises. No need to mention your skills and place of work, but we need to briefly make it clear what you can do. A clear statement of what you want to do, can be a decisive factor in the decision, send your resume to the cart or to invite you to the next stage of selection.

Use numbers for the achievements of the story

Let you and should not result in a long list of their skills, but at the same time, according to the study Ladders, many job seekers provide insufficient information about their achievements. Last year’s report of Deloitte showed That recruiters appreciate the volunteer experience of applicants, but often for a job they do not talk about it. “Volunteering – a stunningly effective and safest way to fill your resume fulfilled the objectives and results”, – says Senedella.

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However, an even more serious problem – the fact that people do not give sufficient quantitative assessments of their success. “The more information you can provide in the form of numbers, the easier your future boss will look into your resume,” – he explains.

Count the number of characters in $ and% CV – these quantitative indicators of achievement will be better able to convince a recruiter in your abilities

Senedella advises, count the number of characters in $ and% CV – these quantitative indicators of achievement will be better able to convince a recruiter in your abilities. Then increase that number in half by rewriting the information on their experiences. “If you work at least ten years – insists Senedella – these signs must be at least 20”.

If other candidates for the position does not give due attention to the numbers, and you will take, then you will have a huge advantage. “That’s because you will be speaking with the future boss in the language he understands: money, staff, resources, customers and market share,” – sums up Senedella.

Avoid jargon

Finally, Senedella recommends abandon part upotrebimykh, but in fact misplaced words. Avoid jargon and clich├ęd words like “seasoned”, “venerable”, “hardened” and the like, even if they seem to you the most capacious and transmit all your experiences. According to Senedelly, because these words recruiter may find that the candidate thought too cliched and outdated.

“Briefly tell us what you are working on the market for 15 years – too bad tactics. This summary does not say anything about you as a professional, “- adds Sendella. Again, expert advises to focus on the skills that helped you reach your goal. Use phrases such as “constantly progressing,” “leading,” “respected expert in his field,” “Achieve your goals” and other combinations that produce something that you need to pay attention to your experience.