First impressions are always important, and even more so when looking for work. Your resume has the power to open—or close—the door to a new job or collaboration. How you present yourself during this first encounter can create an opportunity or eliminate you from the list of candidates.
Julieta Tello (@julietatello), Núria Mañé (@nuriacomunica), Reina Rodríguez Taylhardat (@reinarodriguezt), Abigail Quesnel (@abyquesnel), and Ana Marin (@anamarinen) share their best tips on how to turn your curriculum vitae into a key to open all doors.
DO’s: everything you must do
Send a complete but targeted profile
I value seeing personal details, training, and experience in chronological order on a resume, as well as a candidate’s aptitude and availability. It is also helpful to attach a presentation letter to the same email, explaining the applicant’s motivation. However, the most important thing, no doubt, is to adapt all of the above information to the description of the job. Sending out a resume for a position that does not correspond to your knowledge and experience is a waste of time for those hiring and too much information can be counterproductive.
I like it when people use their creativity in their resume to show their personality. It always makes them stand out from the rest.
—Reina Rodríguez Taylhardat
To be valuable, a resume should be divided into sections and be concise; it must illustrate the abilities of the candidate, but also their own expectations for the job.
It is important to list your other aptitudes in fields related to the position you are applying for. For instance, a copywriter with an interest in photography, or a data specialist with an interest in entertainment will always stand out among those who have the minimum requirements. Be aware of your versatility and sell your adaptability.
Your resume alone is not enough
It’s worth understanding what the company does precisely, and what it is looking for in the position they offer. It is also important to show curiosity for the position you are applying for and to prove your knowledge of market trends.
DON’Ts: what to avoid
Unprofessional e-mail address
Avoid sending your resume from an email account that does not look professional, or using very informal nicknames. I always recommend using first and last names joined by a dot or underscore, rather than numbers. I also discourage using Hotmail or similar accounts.
If you do not have your own domain email account, a Gmail account seems better to me, although this may be a simple personal preference.
Your photograph is also very important. It goes without saying that text must be proofed to correct any grammatical errors or typos.
Watch out for confusion
Something that will certainly make a candidate lose points is leaving errors and typos. This problem, just like disorganized and unclear details, will not give a good impression to any recruiter of any sector.
—Reina Rodríguez Taylhardat
Avoid a layout with elaborate designs that are hard to view. Less is more. In terms of content, you must ensure that the information you present regarding what you can contribute to the company is also as clear as possible.
Subliminal negative messages
Avoid including details that suggest negative qualities, such as having a tendency not to last at a job. In addition, do not speak more about yourself personally or emotionally than of your professional competency. These could send an unwanted message to the reader.
Again: your resume alone is not enough
Lateness and lack of interest at a job interview can destroy even the best professional resume.