Forget everything your parents and college professors may have told you about resumes. When it comes to resumes, some of their “tried-and-tested” pieces of advice may are usually harmless. But occasionally, they can be downright harmful to your chances of getting the job you want.
As always, your resume is not just a way for you to show off your skills and experience, but it is also a way for employers to gauge how well you understand them. While there are certainly a lot of traditional employers out there, Filipino business owners and HR departments today simply aren’t interested in the same things they were 20 or even 10 years ago. No employer wants to hire an applicant who doesn’t get it. At least, not if they have a choice.
Unfortunately, we still see plenty of resumes that simply won’t pass the standards of Filipino employers today. Here are just a few reasons Filipino business owners and HR departments may not be calling you in for an interview.
1.) The resume was too long
While a CV should ideally contain every single professional experience and achievement you have, a resume should only contain the information you need to get the job. With so many job applicants out there today, most openings typically get swamped with a lot of irrelevant resumes. HR people are usually constantly struggling to stay on top of the pile. Longer resumes are usually full of irrelevant info and get tossed out. This means when it comes to resumes, shorter is almost always better.
Whether you’re a fresh grad or a C-level executive with 20 years of experience, most HR professionals agree that resumes should only be 2 to 3 pages long. Generally, one page should contain more or less 10 years of relevant experience. This will make it far easier for HR personnel to read and understand your resume.
2.) The applicant shared responsibilities and not quantifiable achievements
Filipino businesses are more and more pivoting toward data-based decision making. What better way to show this than to share quantifiable achievements in your resume? Instead of just saying what you were responsible for at your old job, give your prospective employer specific accomplishments and corresponding figures. If you grew your department’s sales by 9% or if you cut down waste by 50% in the past year, say so. Even better if you can say how you did it.
3.) There was an included photo
Contemporary Filipino businesses rarely ask for photos. They’re usually more interested in what you do rather than what you look like. Don’t include photos unless you were specifically asked to.
4.) The list of references was too long or includes politicians
As a rule, applicants shouldn’t even include references unless the job listing specifically asks for them. If the company needs references, they will ask for them. What’s worse is including politicians in your references as some kind of misguided power move. Instead of impressing your prospective employer, they may consider it as a sign that you lack the necessary confidence or competence to do the job.
5.) The applicant lied
You can certainly omit a few things on your resume to keep things short and relevant. But one thing you shouldn’t do is lie. This is especially true today, where so much personal and professional info can be verified online. Lies on your resume are bound to get found out eventually, potentially causing employers to blacklist you in your entire industry.
6.) The resume was littered with spelling and grammatical errors
To be entirely truthful, most professional writers don’t have “perfect spelling and grammar” and most Filipino employers have their lapses when it comes to those things as well. But as much as possible, you should make sure that any resume that you plan on sending out is free from the most obvious spelling and grammatical errors.
One great tool for avoiding these mistakes is Grammarly. This popular online app makes it easy for anyone to correct the most obvious errors. It can even be customized to follow American, British, Australian, or Canadian spelling and grammar standards. Best of all, it’s free unless you want advanced functions – which you don’t need in a resume.
Before you write the perfect resume, you’ve got to find the right job openings. Mynimo is a Philippine job site that makes it easy to find relevant job listings close to you. Whether you’re an applicant or a recruiter, Mynimo has a number of localization features that ensure you get the most relevant listings, wherever you are in the country.