Dumb Down Resume-
We are living in the 21st century; the highly competitive era. We can observe a rat race at every other corner. Beginning from getting admission in a good high school, then a grad school and later; finding a good job. Well many intellects might have different opinions regarding a good job but in my view a good job is the one that gives you work satisfaction.
These days it has become really tough to find a good job, the crunch in the industry has forced people to settle down for whatever is available even if it is much less than what they deserve. We have reached this stage because the number of qualified people have surpassed the number of work opportunities. For every next job you apply or interview you give you find a mass to compete with out of which there are surely many who are better than you; so what is the key to get the job. There goes a saying ‘winners don’t do different things, they do things differently’; you too have to be different, or in better words innovative to find job. So let us try to make your job quest a bit easy.
‘Hard work is the key to success’ has long been outdated, you have to be smart to get a job today and sometimes to dumb down your resume is actually a smart move.
For every vacancy generated in a firm the HR department receives hundreds of resumes; to get a call for the next level your resume must pass the first level. Putting myself in the shoes of human resource department I would select the resume that outcasts the maximum experience in the related job or shows the exceptional qualification of the applicant or any other such parameter; such things are done only to filter out the better ones from the mass. But what if a person has an average qualification not much of experience and nothing extra ordinary to showcase in the resume; well in such cases it is better to dumb down the resume that is cutting down the information mentioned on the resume. In such a case the resume will not give you an edge ahead but at the same time will not even push you back. A person might get a fair chance to appear in the job interview and express himself, the way he/she wants to.
But remember the decision to dumb down the resume must or not will always depend on the company you are applying for. Your resume serves as your virtual image to the company, if it unable to show your positive side, make sure that it doesn’t displays the dark side either.
If you get a call for next level after applying with your dumb downed resume make sure to be well prepared for the sub sequent rounds. Just get sufficient knowledge about the company their operations and the position you are applying for. Don’t make the interviewer regret his decision of calling you for interview.
Dumb downed resume is not a sure shot assurance for an interview but might increase your chance in many cases by hiding your weak limbs in comparison to candidates with superior qualifications or experience.