While good old paper may seem passé in the digital age, LinkedIn hasn’t completely replaced the old-fashioned resume. They are the heartbeat of a career search. If done well, your resume will tell your story and sell you. The most egregious resume mistakes we see over and over again are explained below. We have even highlighted a couple of points on how you can avoid these missteps.
1. MAKING GRAMMATICAL ERRORS AND TYPOS
There’s no room for sloppiness. 58% of employers identified resumes with typos as one of the top mistakes that led them to automatically dismiss a candidate. In this day and age, there really is no excuse for a number of grammatical errors. Common errors we see include misuse of words (“your/you’re” and “lose/loose”), words spelled incorrectly (“business” and “finance”) and overuse of punctuation (namely, commas).
Do not solely rely on spell check, it’s helpful to get a second set of eyes on your résumé after you’ve reviewed it yourself. Reach out to a trusted mentor or colleague in a similar industry, or if you’re a student, use resources at your college career center or local library. ANOC offers a range of Premium CV Services too, be sure to review them before applying for jobs.
More than 50 percent of recruiters in the UAE are predicting that new jobs will be created in the next six months despite lower oil prices and trading revenues. Statistics indicates that recruiters face maximum talent crunch when they hire for middle management levels and people of Asian origin.
1. Team Player
49 per cent of the surveyed UAE companies desired someone who would work well in a team
2. Bi-lingual communication
Being able to communicate well in Arabic as well as English came at a close-second as a desired skill with 46 per cent of the employers listing it as an ideal skill for a new hire.
Q: When interviewing with multiple people, is it alright to deliver similar responses to different interviewers?
A: The most important thing in any interview is being your authentic self. Don’t feel like you have to change up your story simply for the sake of variety. However, if you find an opportunity to tailor your message to the person you are interviewing with that’s usually an effective strategy. Take note of the interviewer’s background and job function which they generally discuss at the beginning of the interview; you may find you have a perfect way to position your experience that will resonate with that individual.
1. Search several different sources
There are so many different places to source jobs online that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s a good idea to find websites that list jobs specifically for your industry, as you’ll be provided with options which are already refined for you. If you have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn Jobs is a great tool for pinpointing employment opportunities relevant to your experience and qualifications. If you have any industry contacts, don’t be afraid to get in touch and ask if they know of any opportunities that might be suitable for you. Check out these websites (but do not stay limited to):
2. Think about where you want to apply
It’s important to think carefully about which vacancies to apply for, rather than just applying to anything and everything. When you find an interesting role, research the company and the team, and use your research to further refine your options. This means that you will only be applying for jobs that you’ll actually enjoy and hopefully excel in.
Couple of years ago, I had been for an interview in which I was quite confident to get the job since I was perfectly qualified as compared to the other 2 shortlisted candidates; 5 years of recruiting experience, Majors in HR from the York University and quite some rewards for excellence in resourcing candidates. However, I wasn’t selected and realized a couple of mistakes which I did. Note down the tips below which will definitely be important to consider:
1. Be prepared. Do not rely on a superficial level of knowledge about a company when you go into a job interview. Dig deeper and be curious. Learn the company’s history, its strategy, its customers and the direction it’s headed.
2. Spend the time necessary getting a good grasp of what makes the company unique in its space.
3. Understand what your skills will bring to the company and whether or not you’ll be a good fit based on the company’s culture.
4. Most important - be passionate. Credentials aren’t enough to differentiate you from your competitors. If you are passionate about the role, the work and the company, that will be visible to everyone you speak with and will give you an advantage.
In today’s competitive market, applicants need more than just good grades to score an interview.
Share your thoughts if you have been through something similar.