For Candidates

TIPS ON PROFILE

A professional guidance on tailoring your resume helps a lot to attract the potential employers. Below are the few mistakes which the candidates usually commit during updating their profiles, so the following tips you need to avoid.

Major Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Profile

A Profile is a snapshot of your career history and whatever you have achieved in your working life. It's likely to be the first thing that a prospective employer will see that is 'your work', so it's essential that you get it right. If your Profile doesn't shine, you may give recruiters an excuse not to shortlist you for interview. Here are the basic six common profile errors and how you can avoid them.

1. Typos, Spelling Mistakes and Grammatical Mistakes as a Basic Error

It's surprising how many Profiles we receive containing spelling mistakes and other basic grammatical errors. These can easily be avoided with a little effort. If you submit a profile with mistake, it will look like you're careless or couldn't be bothered to check your work.

Remedial Tip: Check your Profile carefully before you send it. Make sure there aren't any stray apostrophes (in plural words, such as 'key performance indicator's', for example) and that words which can be spelled differently (such as draught and draft) are in the correct form. Spell check software can pick up some mistakes but it's not foolproof. Ask a friend to check your spelling if it's not one of your strengths.

2. Lack of Specifics Details

When an employer looks at your Profile, they need to know exactly what you have achieved in your previous roles and how this is relevant. If you were responsible for driving business growth, say exactly how you did it and spell out the results you achieved. Detailing additional projects or initiatives you have been involved in can also add significant value to a profile.

Remedial Tip: Look at the career information you want to include in your profile. Does it say clearly

  1. What your role was
  2. What your responsibilities were,
  3. What you achieved and
  4. The benefit it delivered to your employer?

Are these points clear the first time you skim over your profile? If not, rewrite it.

3. Unusual Fancy Fonts, Photographs, and Colours

We have noticed an increasing tendency for job seekers to 'jazz up' their profiles by including photographs of themselves and using unusual fonts or fancy formatting. You might think this will help your profile to stand out, but it may give the impression of style over substance.

Remedial Tip: Make sure that the words speak for themselves. Keep to a font that looks clean and make sure the design of your profile isn't cluttered.

4. Stretched and Elaborative Sentences

If you use excessively long words and elaborate sentences on your profile, you risk overshadowing your actual achievements. Use bullet points - where appropriate - to help to add structure and clarity. They will also help give recruiting managers the information they want in an easily digestible format.

Remedial Tip: Check what you've written and see if you can rewrite the information so it's shorter and snappier.

5. False Contact Information

There are few things more frustrating for a recruiter than to have a great profile in front of them and not be able to contact the person whose name is at the top of it.

Remedial Tip: Make sure your email, phone number and address details are correct.

6. Attempting a 'One Size Fits All' Resume

Employers who receive generic, 'one size fits all' profiles generally discard them. Most recruiting managers look for tailored profiles explaining exactly why – in terms of achievements and accomplishments in previous roles – the person is appropriate for the role.

Remedial Tip: As you're writing your profile, have the job description to hand and look at what you're writing with a critical eye. Every word should be designed to persuade someone recruiting for this particular role that they should interview you.