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But you're probably asking one of these questions:
Why this guide and not the countless articles on the internet?
For one reason: Articles on the internet assume that you’re a software engineer or from a developed country where HR departments can answer your questions on Twitter! (I’m exaggerating but you got the idea)
Generally speaking, those advices are: Have an online presence, work on your LinkedIn or post to the job with a website instead of a resume… This doesn’t work for the rest of the world! We still have companies relying on outdated techniques for hiring and one needs to adapt.
Why is this guide so small? (18 pages)
The majority of guides/books start by telling you what they have to tell in the first 10 pages and spend the other +300 pages re-telling the same thing over and over again, I hate it, and I think you hate it too! This is why I tried to get directly to the point to save you some time!
This guide consists of 7 easy to follow chapters:
Chapter 1 & 2 talk about what to write in your resume and how to write it.
Chapter 3 & 4 talk about how to correct your resume and catch mistakes.
Chapter 5 & 6 contain ideas about how to pick the right template and colors for your resume.
Chapter 7 talks about last steps to do before sending your resume!
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choosing colors for your resume
Chapters 5 & 6 treat colors and design for designers and non designers, here's an extract from chapter 6:
For non designers, you probably taught of getting resume templates from the Internet and using them for your resumes! Yeah good idea, but be aware! Behance for example, is a website where designers put their work for others to see. If you search for resume templates, the second result is the following resume:
This is a nice looking resume, free to use, has a Microsoft Word file and all what you need. So, what could go wrong if you use it? First, let's see what happens once a recruiter receives your resume.
When you send your resume to a recruiter, the first thing he/she does is reading it (and probably calling you for an HR screening if your resume looks good). After that, the majority print your resume to be able to write comments while reviewing it solo or with colleagues. And this is where problems can happen!
Remember the resume from Behance? Let’s take a look at the Profile section
When a recruiter prints your resume, she will probably print it in grayscale. Why? She doesn’t care about the colors, only the information there. In addition to this, they can’t afford to print 50 resumes in colors, accounting department will get angry!
When you see the resume in grayscale, this is how it looks:
Now, good luck reading those information from a paper, 30cm away from your eyes and probably in a low light environment!
You see the problem? Now let’s talk about how you can resolve it:
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talk about yourself and your experiences
Chapters 1 & 2 talk about what to write in your resume and how to write it, here's an extract from chapter 2:
Your resume is your face when you’re not there! Every recruiter should learn about you from it. However, you don’t need to include everything to avoid being boring and repetitive! Include the essential information (we'll see what are those information):
Every resume should have this parts:
1. Your name and information (phone, email, website…)
2. An introduction
3. Your experiences
4. Your education
5. Your skills
6. Extras (hobbies…)
The order can vary depending on your seniority! If you’re a fresh graduate, we expect to find your education after your general information and your introduction. When you have some experience under your belt, we care less and less about your education. This means it can go down in your resume, after the skills part is a good place.
The best order I can think of is the following:
For fresh graduates and/or students searching for an internship:
1. General information (Name, Phone…)
4. Experiences (internships if any or projects)
For people with a professional experience:
1. General information
We'll see how to make a good introduction and how to talk about your experiences...