6 Secrets That Will Get Your Resume Shortlisted

Resume is itself a complete representation of the candidate and the job seekers have to bite dust when it lacks anything. Here the top 13 secrets that will help you getting your resume shortlisted.

Created On: Sep 8, 2017 12:55 IST
Modified On: Feb 19, 2018 18:10 IST
13 Secrets That Will Get Your Resume Shortlisted
13 Secrets That Will Get Your Resume Shortlisted

Resume is itself a very first and complete introduction of a candidate to an employers or interviewer whose nature, preferences, and inclination, in a sense, aren’t well known to the job hunters. The job seekers wonder why they aren’t getting a call, even after sending their resume for the job. Here we have unfolded top 13 secrets that would definitely help you in getting your resume shortlisted.

Summarise your profile

Summary is that section of a resume which narrates your past professional or personal life more clearly than the other sections of resume, sometimes, don’t do. It narrates your career journey as well as ‘how did you cover it.’An interviewer doesn’t need to ask you anything additionally if your summary satisfies him/her when he goes through it. Summary is, therefore, reflects almost all what is cited in the rest portion of the resume. Include this section as well to get shortlisted.

Customise your Resume for job

You might have to bite dust if the contents of your Resume aren’t relevant to the job you’re applying for. It’s the Resume which tells your employers how you’re suitable for the job. And the employers find you unqualifiedif the contents of your Resume don’t matchto the key responsibilities of the job. Relating the content of the Resume is, therefore, very first and important requirement for the Resumes to get shortlisted. Try to relate the contents of the resume with job when you go to write a resume.

Keep it short and simple

One page is sufficient if you’re a post graduate. You can enlist your accomplishments during the studies. Using more than one page for resume isn’t a sin if you have accomplishments in extracurricular activities. Sometimes, candidates write 2, 3, or 4 pager resume where they leave half portion of the last page as blank. Try to limit your content within the number of pages that can be completely filled with contents. It’ll look good and will be easy reading. Candidates, who have changed two or more job till their thirties, can include their experiences, projects, past companies,  and other in more than one page.

Include Keywords

In the digital age, most of the companies have stated to adopt Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to shortlist the Resume of the candidates. It is becoming popular method of Resume short listing with every passing day. Using the keywords from job description, especially into first three four lines of the resume get it shortlisted. It’s, therefore, important for the candidates to include keywords in their resume and customise resume before applying on new job posting.

Adopt easy to read Font style and size

No matter what have you included in your resume if it isn’t easy to read. The interviewer isn’t going to bother himself to read just only your resume. There are a lot of resumes which he/she will have to go through. It’s, therefore, important for you to keep text size and font style more convenient to read.  You can, preferably, adopt the 12 as size and ‘Times New Roman’ as a font for the texts. It’ll be easy to read. Avoid using too small size of texts as it’ll lead your resume either towards the dustbin or towards the wardrobe of the office.  

Include bullet points

Don’t limit yourself just under the duties when you start writing bullets in your resume. You can win over the interviewer, explaining ‘5 Ws and 1 H’ in your bullet points.These ‘5 Ws and 1 H’ answers the question such as ‘who assigned you the project, assignment, and responsibility in past organisation,’ ‘what was the outcome,’ ‘When did you accomplish the same,’ ‘which, organisation and company, you were in at that time,’ ‘Why did you do so,’ and ‘How you achieve your goal’ in bullet points. For the convenience of your understanding, here we’re giving the basic formula for writing bullet points.

Expertise        What was done          Results

Active verb Key responsibility  How and why you accomplished

Pharmaceutical Company

Sales Executive

  • Promotedthe medicines
  • Provided quality customer service
  • Built displays for featured products


A Resume is that things which grabs the attention of the interviewer and persuades him call candidate for other pre-selection process. This happens only if it fulfils all the parameters of a good Resume. Most of the candidates make many errors while writing their resume. Thus, they fail to grab a single call from the interviewer’s side. There are few tricks, and tips that are treated as secrets in professional world. Through this article, we have unfolded few of secrets of writing a result gaining Resume.

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