Things to Convey in a Resume
Most articles about resume writing and job search are all about how things are to be arranged on the piece of paper in order to achieve the best effect. At Prime-resume we believe that it is important to keep the individuality of the candidate in a resume so we encourage our readers to try and develop their application documents on their own. At the same time we are sure that the arrangement of sections of information can vary as it is not the most important thing. What is the most important thing then? It is what your resume conveys to the Hiring Manager when one takes to review your CV.
What Does HR Manager Expect To See?
When it comes to the job search most people understand that it all boils down to HR Department choices. And frankly, despite the fact that all HR managers are probably different in their approach to work, most of them have one this thing in common – they need to get their job done well. The main task of a job seeker then is to convey with the help of a resume, cover letter, and other marketing tools that he/she is the very person that will be able to solve that puzzle for the HR. It is not as easy as it sounds obviously, as there are many others who wish to do the same thing – to prove they are the most fitting person to do the required job.
So the very first thing your application documents (first of all resume and cover letter) have to convey is that you understand the challenges associated with the position you are applying for. The best option for you would be to demonstrate that you have already faced similar challenges and proved to be successful. Again, you can achieve it by several means and we don’t want to say that one way is better than another. It is up to you to make that choice. The goal is to convey the idea that you know what you are applying for because you have what it takes to overcome the challenges for the position. How you do it is your own business; as long as the HR manager understands the aforementioned ideas when reading your resume you are perfectly fine.
Another thing hiring managers are interested in is your story. Don’t make your employer hunt for dates or titles because they will unlikely do that (if you are not interested enough in the position to list all necessary information why should they care?). Make it easier for the one reading your resume to gather all puzzle pieces into one picture. Keep in mind that your story shouldn’t be generic so that one could differentiate your story from other stories. Putting a personality into the content of your application documents will help you stand out, especially if the one reading it will consider an interesting experience to conduct a phone interview with you.