Strengthen your candidature for IBS Software : 5 Cs for a better resume
We understand that some job descriptions may, at first glance, seem to fit you perfectly. Very often, a great profile fails to catch the eye of a recruiter (or the hiring manager) purely because it wasn’t effectively presented. Remember, a resume is not just a statement of your skills and accomplishments, it is most often the very first introduction you make about yourself to the company you wish to work for. Make it count.
Here are some basic tips you can follow, to ensure that your story is narrated in the best way possible, such that it will catch the eye of IBS’ recruiters.
Your resume should introduce you to us as a professional with the potential to be a great IBSian, rather than as a good person who needs a job. Be sure that it tells us what exactly you bring to the table, rather than just listing your skills and past employers. Did you merely follow instructions and write code? Or did you effectively tackle a business problem to deliver an efficient solution to the customer? If you made a positive difference to the business, tell us all about it!
For a typical job opening, our recruiters may be scanning through hundreds (if not thousands) of resumes. While we put in our best effort to ensure every resume is given adequate consideration, a lengthy document (any more than two pages) runs a high risk of diluting a reader’s attention. Focus on what is important and relevant to what you apply for. By all means, include enough information to help us make a decision. But sometimes it is wise to leave out some of the less relevant, yet interesting details to be discussed at the interview if you make it to that stage. One or two pages are sufficient for most resumes, unless we specify that we will need something extra for a particular position.
Broadcasting the same standardized resume to a dozen different job openings may be easy, but it is not always effective for a job seeker. Being a skilled engineer or a talented function manager is fantastic. But your chances will increase tremendously if you present it to us such that we can see how those skills are relevant for the position you are applying to, and how it will make you our best choice for the position.
It is possible that similar sounding job titles or functions may have different meanings in different companies. On the other hand, similar roles may come with different titles based on the industry and company positioning. If you think that your current/past job involved certain skills which are highly relevant to the position you seek at IBS (despite what it was called), please make that clear in your resume instead of making us guess. If not, you risk missing out amongst scores of others who happen to have job titles that sound like a better fit.
Review, proof-read, edit – no matter what you call the process, make sure your resume is complete, accurate and free of typos before you upload it on the IBS Careers portal. As a professional, this should need no further explanation.