What is the most important thing when you are applying for a job?
The first step you take when you have found the right job?
A resume is the most vital factor in the job application process. It becomes all the more important when you are applying for a work from home job. This is because of the following factors:
- Difference in the process of recruitment for telecommuting jobs
- Resume is your strongest point as you will not be going face to face in most of the jobs
- Recruiters are very strict considering the unconventional method of applying for work from home jobs
This being said, a resume will be pivotal for any job but becomes unique and speaks a lot about you when you are applying for any job which is online.
Most of the people go wrong while preparing their resume in many areas which might eventually end up getting rejections for them.
They usually go wrong in these areas, when applying for a work from home/freelancing position
- Writing a too lengthy resume
- Following the wrong formats
- Writing long personal stuff
- Not emphasizing much about the skills
- Not giving a proper Objective/Introduction
- No projects to list
- Not having a cover letter which speaks of your expertise
- Omitting the references
All these points you should consider when you start applying for jobs, especially work from home or the freelancing ones. The biggest mistake most do is not tailoring the resume according to the position. This is crucial as it makes all the difference.
After all, you don’t want to send the same resume to a freelancer writer position and a web researcher position.
Let’s discuss how you can correct all your problems with your resume.
Not too long, Not too short
No recruiter would have time to read your ‘long essay’ in other words your resume. They do have to go through other applications as well so there is a chance that your resume might end up being on the bottom of the application pile.
Try to make your resume in an acceptable length which speaks of all your skills and expertise. Don’t skimp on anything but don’t make it your life story.
Resume formats keep changing with time, and you need to keep up with them. You don’t want to give an old resume making the recruiter think you are not up to date with the trends in the market.
Through time, formats have changed, and when I am writing this post, the latest resume format is a concise and short form where you talk about your strengths in pretty brief manner.
Fishing Trips or Your Skills
Seriously, do you think they would be interested in your travels, your micro hobbies?
Well, they would just put away your resume as it speaks more about your ‘other’ skills which might not matter.
Try to keep the Hobbies or Creative skills to a minimum and try to list out the ones which relate and in turn add to your professional skills.
On the other hand, it does help to list out some of your hobbies to understand your creative side when you are mainly applying for freelancing or writing jobs.
Talk about Your Strengths
Sometimes, we do not mention enough about our strengths/skills, which we need to if we want to be noticed. When it comes to online jobs, it is hard to get through the scammy ones, so for you to land up an authentic work from home job, you need to stress hard on the high points and describe your projects.
When recruiters or companies look for candidates, they search for keywords which should be your skills.
OBJECTIVES ARE Obsolete
I don’t mean the heading totally.
But in today’s times, you do not call it Objectives; it might be your Mission Statement, Profile or just an opening statement containing your skills and expertise in a very short 3 to 4 lines.
The later works very well as it shows the suitability immediately after your resumes opens. A strong opening statement makes it easy for the job provider to match your skills quickly.
Projects! Projects! Projects!
I cannot stress on this enough.
Any job provider or company needs to know what you have done to prove your mettle in the industry. This convinces them to see the qualities in you other than your technical skills. For example, you have handled a project in a very tight schedule and gave your best results. This demonstrates your time management, focus, and ability to work under high pressure.
You might not mention this in your resume, but the projects or the work studies show that. Always list as many projects/achievements as possible where you have excelled.
Cover Letter is a Must
There is a debate if you want to include a cover letter or not. I say you should. A cover letter does a lot to a resume. It shows how much you are interested in the job, and it gives you a chance to talk to the person who is recruiting directly and express your interests.
A well-written cover letter almost does half the job of getting into the job race.
I intend to write a detailed cover letter guide which could help you to shape up your cover letter skills.
Adding references is also an important part of your resume creation. Recruiters or the clients will make an enquiry, and the recommendations need to be good ones. Even in freelancing, resumes should also have good references from your past clients preferably recent ones.
There are many other points like the positioning of different sections in your resume, font size, grammar, etc. which matter to a larger extent even though they don’t seem so.
Resume creation is an art, and it can be perfected through time. There are many good resume creating and distributing services out there, which are superb and make the whole process of job hunt a bit easier.
With these resume distribution companies, you can cut down the time you manually spend on applying for the jobs as they do it for you.
What are your challenges when you create your resume? What do you think should be added more in a resume?