From the HR side or the company side, one sees a lot of emails with resumes attached that have no subject line or blank contents or message contents like “I am so and so. If there is any opening for me please inform me” “Please get back to me if there is any requirement” and so on.
Here are few points (there could be other points as well) that one can try to get noticed in a crowded market –
If you are experienced with even 1 – 3 years, then start with 3 – 5 bullet points highlighting your value proposition, key skills or points. Words like “Bilingual” or with “Valid Japan visa” can be of help. Basically possible keywords that the HR could be searching for could be of help as within first 15-20 sec the destiny of the resume gets decided.
( You can also mention 2- 3 types of job roles or titles that you think you can fit – in case you are not specifically applying against any particular job id)
In the projects section or company section – keep the information re. the project or company to one line but what you actually did or what you contributed or learnt in the project would be more important to the reader. (Many times candidates write about the company or the project being of 500 man month project etc and then one liner for yourself “Created test specs and executed test cases”. )
In case you have no experience – then you can mention any community project that you have done or any project that you did or any particular technical concept that you have tried and gained some insights. These things give the reader an idea about your mindset or your way of thinking or approach to a problem.
Lastly either in the cover letter or in the resume you can cover few points to plug any negative.
Eg. A negative would be non-experience where you can write that “I know that I have no experience but here is a link where you can check 2 of my programs that I have written in spare time and I can answer any question related to that” or “Upon selection, if I am found to be not putting efforts or unable to grasp, I would go ahead and fire myself”
Another negative could be too much of job changes – Too many job change is a No-No in corporate world. Here it is bit tricky. Safe is to play transparent and close to truth as possible. “I have changed jobs to seek growth in terms of bigger scope and role. While I was at these companies even for a short time, I have added value and ensured that I have delivered them an ROI. But going forward I realized that there was no growth beyond 2-3 years and neither they were able to show me path forward and hence I made a move – now I am looking to stabilize at the same time looking for an opportunity that is a challenge”
Basically something that can reduce the impact.
There are many more points but key is to give due time to research the firm you are applying as well as understand as to why you want to go there and how it could help them as well as you. And then when this interest or passion is put forth through the resume or the cover letter there is a high chance that your resume gets selected by the HR dept..
Wishing you a Happy Job searching.