Recruiter Report on…Resumes

We sit down with three of BBG’s recruiting specialists, Kanupriya Jagdev, Sam Xie, and Lem Jopio to get their thoughts on resume-writing and the selection process.

Q: What makes for a positive first impression with a resume?

Kanupriya: A well-organized resume with correct formatting, no punctuation errors, having page numbers and correct grammar. Sometimes, the candidates have the knowledge and experience we are looking for, but it is not mentioned on the resume, so a tailor-made resume for the job helps a lot! Many candidates use pictorial/graphical/diagram representations of their experience, which catches attention. For example, providing samples of system set-ups by a systems administrator.

Sam: Having a well-done layout and appropriate font and font size.

Lem: Effective use of white space.

 

Q: Resume-reading pet peeve?

Kanupriya: Very long resumes with irrelevant information.

Sam: Not providing contact information on the resume.

Lem: Spelling mistakes and poor language proficiency.

 

Q: Biggest red flag/deal breaker?

Kanupriya: ‘Job hoppers’, aka someone who changes jobs as frequently as a couple of months and has had a lot of jobs throughout their career.

Sam: Spelling and grammar mistakes, using the exact same wording for different job applications, employment gaps and frequently changing jobs.

Lem: Lack of relevant work experience and significant gaps with work dates.

 

Q: Best resume-writing advice:

Kanupriya: Have your resume reviewed before sending it across, maybe by a professor, recruiter, or someone in the field. Skim through it for 20 seconds and decide if you could see yourself being a good fit considering the requirements on the job description.

Sam: Summary sections with skills and experience highlighted will be super eye-catching, as they will raise our interests to continue reading your profile. Also, include your coding sample or portfolio links in the resume if applicable for the position.

Lem: My ideal resume is one that’s less than 2 pages long, aesthetically pleasing, and easy on the eyes.  It shows a considerable amount of effort was accomplished to help land a future position.

 

To speak to these recruiters directly about BBG’s available job opportunities, please contact them at:

Kanupriya – kanu.jagdev@bbgmanagement.com

Sam – sam.xie@bbgmanagement.com

Lem – lemuel.jopio@bbgmanagement.com

Tailor-Made for Success: Revamping Your Resume

After scrolling through seemingly endless pages of job postings, you’ve finally struck gold – BBG Management has the perfect opportunity for you! You’ve got your resume uploaded, ready to submit for review… but wait! Before you send it in, you’ll need to make some changes to make it clear that you’re the right person for this specific job.

Tailoring your resume may be time-consuming, but it’s worth it. First of all, it demonstrates to recruiters that you’re really invested in this opportunity – you’ve taken the time to fine-tune and customize your resume, something that not all job seekers are willing to do. Second, it gives them key relevant information at a glance, saving them time and energy investigating your qualifications. After all, it’s easier for them to see how well you match up for the role if you’ve already highlighted it for them.

So how do you go about tweaking things?

  • Start out by reading the job description in detail. Look at the requirements and responsibilities, cross-referencing them with your listed skills, experience, and education. If you’ve forgotten or omitted anything relevant listed in the job posting, go ahead and add it to your resume. Do not fabricate or exaggerate skills in your resume, though – it will do more harm than good in the long run!
  • Once you’ve added in any additional qualifications and/or skills, remember to remove irrelevant information that isn’t directly related to the position. Ensure that your resume is concise and flows well.
  • Tailor your vocabulary to the job you are applying for. Demonstrate that you’re knowledgeable about your field by using keywords and specific language (use the job description to help you if you’re having trouble). It’s important to remember that recruiters are often not experts in the fields they are recruiting for, so avoid excessively technical jargon or acronyms.
  • Ensure that all changes have been proofread and edited and that everything is still formatted properly. Once you’ve finalized your newly-customized resume, it’s ready to send in.

Congratulations! You have just significantly improved your chances of landing an interview. Why? By tailoring your resume, you’ve proven that you really are invested and interested in this specific opportunity.

While constantly editing and revising your resume may get tiring, remember this: it’s always better to submit 10 well-written, nicely tailored resumes than to fire off 100 generic ones without a second thought. Your motto here should always be quality over quantity!

If you’re ready to put these tips to the test, head over to our careers page to see what’s out there for you.

 

Resume Writing 101

In the fast-paced world of recruiting, a ten-second glance at your resume can either make or break your chances of landing an interview. Fair? No. Realistic? Absolutely.

Because of the sheer number of resumes that recruiters have to sift through each day, it’s virtually impossible to read every single one from start to finish. As the job seeker, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your resume stands out. This is not to say that you should be using crazy fonts or color schemes in an attempt to get noticed – rather, you should strive to craft a document that is professional, concise, and accurate. This enables recruiters to get a good sense for your skills and experience without getting bogged down with wordy paragraphs or irrelevant information.

 

Here are some of the key things to consider when putting together your resume.

First impressions are everything! Your resume should appear polished, well organized, and professional. Make sure your name and contact information are clearly visible.

Select an appropriate font and use line breaks, bullets, and bolding to draw attention to content you’d like to highlight. Use headings to distinguish between the different sections of your resume. This allows recruiters to jump directly to the criteria they’re most interested in (some are more interested in skills, while others will jump right to job experience, for example).

Not sure exactly what should go in your resume? Generally, the most important things to cover are: skills, work experience, accomplishments, and education. You can also include major projects that you’ve worked on (or relevant courses, if you’re a recent grad).

For skills, list both hard and soft skills. Most companies, unless they state otherwise, are looking for a balance of technical abilities and people skills that will enable you to work well with other employees in the workplace.

When listing your work history, make sure that you go in reverse chronological order. This means that your most recent job goes at the top and previous places of employment are listed below.

In terms of accomplishments, the more concrete proof you can provide, the better. Have your Google Analytics Qualification? Certified Scrum Master? Graduated with honors? Put it down!

Ensure that the formatting is uniform throughout. Double-check your margins, font size, and line spacing. Try to keep the overall length reasonable – a twenty-page document is much more daunting for recruiters than a neat, three-page overview.

A quick note on grammar – try to avoid using first person or colloquialisms, as it will most likely come across as unprofessional. Always proofread and edit your resume for typos and spelling errors. Get a friend to look it over for anything you might have missed.

 

Once you’ve put all of this together, you should have a document that you can really be proud of. After all, it is a summary of all your hard-earned skills, experience, and successes up to this point in time.

Throw in a reference or two and you’ve got yourself a solid basic resume.  From here, you can tailor it as necessary for specific job opportunities or positions (more on that here).

And now, it’s time to get out there – happy job hunting!

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