Some tips about writing Resume


After reading over 200 hundred resumes in the past three years and rejecting most of them before and after interview / technical test mostly due to the fake information!, It seems that most people believe that putting everything they even though of into their resume really helps, but does it?

In my experience it depends on who you're dealing with. If you're dealing with an experienced hiring manager it certainly has a negative affection. Look at it this way, what are the chances of someone really knows all those stuff properly?! not much. So it's probably fake! when the employer suspects that you've entered fake information if he doesn't reject you he will at least put you at the bottom of the list! For me it only wastes both my time and the applicant's, because i don't hire without properly interviewing and testing the job applicants. For example several people told me that they started using PHP for the first in Iran!! funny thing is none of them could properly finish our technical test! When you're including something like this in your resume you better be ready to prove it.

So what should we include in our resume. It really doesn't matter how much info you include, what's important is you should prove that you've done some of the most important ones. For example if you're looking for a job in software development attach some technical details of your best projects or include links to your online projects.

Smart hiring managers search your technical background on the Internet, so if you've done worthy online activities like participating in Open-Source projects or wrote articles on popular website, include the links to them as well

They can also search in ALL YOUR ONLINE ACTIVITIES including FACEBOOK!! and other social networks. So you might want to do something about that IF YOU CAN! before applying for a job. Reading people is not an skill that every hiring manager or employer has because it's extremely difficult and requires not only talent but also years of study and experience. By sharing private information yourself you make it almost effortless!

Some experienced hiring managers even pay attention to your body language. I with i could give more tips here specially about interview, but applicants may read my blog and i don't want them to pretend anything!

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hamid's picture

Thank you Mr. Salek. So great


Thank you Mr. Salek.
So great and useful.
But I think you should pay attention to the beginners a bit more. :P
There are always a place for someone who have a 2years job experience to find a another one.
So, Could you please write about someone who have no experience and just want to start right now ?
How to start ? how to write resume for the first time ? how to find a job ?
Thank you.

admin's picture

You're welcome.Dear Hamid,

You're welcome.
Dear Hamid, yes there is always the first time for everything. :)
There are many job opportunities for beginners even in our country. However finding a real job for beginners is difficult. There is much to say for beginners actually, i'll try to write about it the first chance it get.

BTW : Your resume (The one you sent me) is well written and seems honest to me, which is important for smart hiring managers and there is a reason for that. Working with honest and modest people (It's different than lacking Self-esteem) is much easier, because they work with the others and not against them. The story however is quite different in Governmental Organizations. As i mentioned before it really depends on who you're dealing with.

Some suggestions regarding to your resume.

  • At the stage you're in, it might be a good idea to mention your small and experimental projects as well or even bring them with yourself for interview. It shows you like and enjoy your work, and you've already started to learn new things. In short self motivation is very important
  • Understanding English properly for software engineers is critical now days so sometimes writing resume in English helps.
  • There are plenty of CV templates on the interent. Reading them can give you good ideas.

PS : My answer might be useful for the others as well so i decided to reply to your email here let me know if you're not comfortable with it.

hamid's picture

Thanks Mr Salek. :) My

Thanks Mr Salek. :)
My friends say you should work free for a while.
Actually I have no problem with that, But in our country even big companies worry about accepting interns!
And it gets worth when you say I want a part time job.

PS: I have no feeling about it. ;)
But you know... Last night I checked my mail box 5 or 6 times, maybe.
Till today, I found your reply here. :)
I forgot I had added sth to my email address for blocking spammers. :P

admin's picture

Yes, not many companies

Yes, not many companies accept interns and working for yourself is sometimes much better than working for free for small companies.

Now is the best time to work on your own projects and contributing to OpenSource projects. For making money you can work as a freelancer on small projects and start with cheap prices. There are plenty of local websites for freelancers in Iran. After a while you'll see that you can apply for jobs much more confidently and you can get your first job much easier.

If you got talent which i think you have, you don't really need to be worried about finding a job, just start working on anything you can and keep and improve your connection with communities (Online, Offlice, Friends, etc). The rest happens almost automatically.

PS: I should really do something about my website ips :).