A resume is every professional’s job hunting toolkit. From finding a first job to job switch, hiring managers are looking for tech and non-tech skill badges in online profiles. However, traditional resumes have come a long way from its standard formats which cited ‘objectives’ to ‘goals’.
The most preferred version today – isn’t the digital one, maybe – but the one that clearly states a person’s strengths in various skills. This is even more critical in the case of STEM jobs where mastery in various skills such as programming languages, technologies, frameworks cannot be ‘stated’ as such. It is here that most hiring managers prefer skills badges, certifications or accolades earned at premier technology communities as TechGig.
An impressive technical resume does not mean designer fonts, colors, or pictorial representation images, rather it must be concise and data rich for the recruiter to understand your true worth.
To understand how hiring managers perceive resumes, the new ways of assessing skills in demand, TimesJobs surveyed 879 hiring managers from different sectors. The survey findings revealed that most (75%) HR managers prefer techies with benchmarking experience in competitive programming or with skill badges in platforms such as TechGig. Here are some insights from the survey:
– 91% recruiters consider a resume as the first document
81% claimed that resumes are as relevant as they were a decade ago
50% said that they still get a physical resume while 49% asserted that they got digital versions of resumes. Only 1% claimed to receive video resumes
Rakhee Sharma brings you a complete report on survey findings. Magazine designed by Rishi Kumar.
Traditional resume is a big no, profiles with deep stats preferred
The big truth from the hiring managers is ‘standard templates are out and resumes citing precise information are in’. A decade ago, job seekers resorted to using templates – both free, and paid, probably popular with their peers – and retrofitted their information in that template. The bad news is most recruiters don’t pay heed to traditional resumes any more. Most (77%) said that resumes in newer formats with deep stats were their choice. Only 23% voted for the traditional resume to be their preference. This however doesn’t mean that a text-based resume is out.
Talking of cover letters and profiles on resumes, most recruiters said that they would prefer a resume with a profile. About 58% hiring managers voted for this option, and other choices as targeted resumes (20% votes) and resumes with infographics on skills (16%) were voted much later. This is a wakeup call for all those who feel that their resume is just fine; it may be time to give it a facelift with rich stats into what you do and what you know. Some of the popular mediums for showing skill strength are skills badges, awards and recommendations.
TimesJobs also wanted recruiters reviews about the profiles with skill badges, 87% said ‘yes’ and 13% disagreed on the same.
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