It is a rule carpenter follow for years, measure twice before you cut the wood improperly and get the piece ruined.
And we don’t mean “analysis paralysis” where you spend so much time trying to be perfect that actually you never execute and you lose the opportunity.
With measure twice, cut once in job search scenario means you understand your unique values, put together your job search plan… and make sure you constantly work on it until you are hired for your dream job.
Let’s go through the process:
- You identify the job position and companies where you’re most likely to get placed based on your current skills and abilities
- Make your resume following basic principles, create your social media profile, projects, and social recommendations.
- Apply for the job with the right cover letter and resume
- Mock interview practice while reading and rehearsing it on your mobile using the MockRabbit app, friends and interview coach
- Phone screening for technical and HR
- Onsite whiteboarding, technical and HR interview
- Negotiate, get and accept the job offer
Let’s get into the art of making your resume a perfect one:
“On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those, only about 6 will get called for an interview, with only one getting the job.” Glassdoor survey.
While you are on the task to prepare your resume, we would like you to keep asking yourself: “What will make the reviewer select mine over my competition with only 10 seconds to impress?”
If you’re drawing a blank, revisit your resume until you get out of the blankness.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when writing a résumé:
(1.) Have a clear statement of your objective; a resume with no statement is like a book that starts in the middle. You’re missing a golden opportunity to “shape the perception” of the information the hiring manager will find impressive to dig deeper.
(2.) What differentiates you from everyone else—should come first. People read in sequential
order, so your resume must impress them early on with what makes you special.
(3.) The resume should be of a written well: no spelling mistakes; consistent spacings,
capitalizations, numberings; and correct grammar and punctuation. If you can’t write yourself, take help of professional service.
(4.) Include contact information, a LinkedIn profile, and if you’ve got your personal
homepage include the link as well. Provide the details of the GitHub repository and open source projects if you have made the contribution.
(6.) Ask friends to review your resume; they may find problems with it, and refine it based on their feedback.
(7.) Your resume should be preferably two page long. The more ground your resume attempts to cover, the less effective it will be. Your resume should keep the hiring manager engaged.
(8.) Don’t include a list of hobbies/extracurricular activities unless it can impress the employer meticulously.
Remember, better the document is constructed (phrasing, word choice, structure, design, spacing, etc), the more likely your message will get across and it will get you shortlisted for the interview round.