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How to make your résumé a diamond in the rough



What’s a surefire way to have your résumé thrown aside within seconds of an employer reading it? Including overused, common phrases and words to describe yourself.

Employers see this too often to make a positive impression. When you use such descriptions, you are saying absolutely nothing important or interesting about you. Almost everyone says these things in résumés, which is the whole problem.

If you want to be seen as unique and get called in for an interview, avoid those phrases at all costs. Here are several ways to make sure your résumé is a shining star in a pile of monotony:

Let go of the objective. The Oxford dictionary defines “objective” as “a thing aimed at or sought; a goal.” You may wish to work for someone who cares what your goal is, but that is highly unlikely to happen. Take a look at the following example:

“Seeking a challenging position that allows me to use my communications, problem-solving and marketing skills.” Here’s what you can learn about the applicant from this statement:

— He wants a challenging role.

— He has communications, problem-solving and marketing skills.

From an employer’s perspective, she has seen statements like this so many times that they’ve become stale. Most people say they want to be challenged, and “communications” is a broad word. What types of communication is he good at — written, oral, corporate communications, crisis communications, conflict resolution? “Problem solving” is another widely used term. What kinds of problems is he adept at solving — analytical, social, strategic? “Marketing skills” is also vague. What type of marketing is he talking about — mass marketing, graphic design, copy?

If you are not specific, you are not helping the employer achieve her goal, which is to fill the role with a talented candidate. In other words, she wants to know if you can satisfy her objective, not your own. Whether you agree with this or not, it is the reality today as companies receive tons of applications, so you need to change your objective statement into a career profile or summary.

Get specific in your summary. Read the following statement, and think about what you’ve learned about the candidate: “Self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced, fluid environment and quickly contributes value.” If true, you can assume this person is:

— a self-starter

— someone who thrives in fast-paced environments

— a person who quickly contributes value

Unfortunately, many people claim to be self-starters, thrive in challenging environments and contribute value. The question is how you can make this statement unique and personal. The answer is making examples your best friend. If you are always telling an employer words and phrases to describe you, she doesn’t get much from it. You need to show it, which means you need to use examples. How can you prove these things? Think about an instance or two when you demonstrated certain characteristics at school or on the job.

Replace the overused words and phrases with these examples. Here’s a sample of what it might look like: “Initiated development and implementation of a new online training program in six weeks, staying within budget.” What have you learned from reading this?

— The person is a self-starter.

— The person can accomplish a major task in a short time frame.

— The person made a valuable contribution and saved company resources.

Which candidate would you choose to interview?

Don’t use your job description as your résumé bullets. This is a big mistake that lots of people make. Job descriptions rarely encompass everything you do, and most are by nature very generic. You are not doing yourself any favors by copying your job description into your résumé. Your bullets need to tell the story of exactly what you’ve achieved in your job, both inside and outside the scope of your formal job responsibilities. (Use those examples above to help with this step.)

Don’t let stale phrasing and wording prevent you from getting called for interviews. Phrases such as “dedicated team player,” “well-organized and committed,” and “results-oriented” are used too frequently. If something sounds bad to you, it probably sounds even worse to an employer who reads a lot of résumés that sound exactly the same.

Do yourself a favor and incorporate specific examples to demonstrate why you have the characteristics you say you do. That kind of résumé will be unique and stand out to a potential employer. A vague, cliched version is simply going to be glanced at and tossed aside. Don’t let that be you.


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These are the top companies to work for in the UK in 2022, according to Glassdoor



Software company ServiceNow has been named as the best place to work in the U.K. in 2022, according to Glassdoor’s annual employer rankings.

ServiceNow entered the U.K. rankings for the first time this year, with employees highlighting the company’s strengths in its workplace culture, career opportunities and training, in anonymous reviews left on Glassdoor.

California-based ServiceNow is headed up by Bill McDermott, the former CEO of software solutions firm SAP.

McDermott noted that the “employee experience is really everything” amid the return to work, speaking on CNBC’s “TechCheck” in August, on the back of ServiceNow’s acquisition of indoor mapping and wayfinding company Mapwize.

“There’s a war for talent out there … the companies that are early adopters to these technologies [will] win and the one’s that don’t will lose a lot of people,” McDermott said.

Global jobs website Glassdoor compiled the rankings by looking at companies that had received at least 30 ratings across nine attributes, including an overall score from an employee, as well as factors such as work-life balance, compensation and benefits, and whether staff would recommend their employer to a friend.

I.T. consultancy AND Digital came in second place on Glassdoor’s 2022 list and was also a newcomer in the rankings.

Jill Cotton, career trends analyst at Glassdoor, told CNBC via email that this year’s rankings had seen a number of new entrants partly because the coronavirus pandemic had “turned the business world upside down but this gave companies the opportunity to embrace change, rip up the corporate rulebook and put their people first.”

Cloud-based software firm Salesforce, which topped the rankings last year, dropped down to third place on the 2022 list.

Cotton said that technology companies dominated the rankings because they were “well-equipped to adapt during the pandemic.”

In addition, she said that the pandemic had forced many businesses to speed up their adoption of technology.

“This growing importance means that now all businesses need to be a tech company of sorts,” Cotton added.

Immediate Media Company, a special interest content and platform company, and Abcam, a supplier of protein research tools, rounded out the top five companies on Glassdoor’s list. Here’s the full rundown of the U.K.’s best employers.

The U.K.’s top 10 employers for 2022
AND Digital
Immediate Media Company
McKinsey & Company
Meta (Facebook)

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The top 5 most in demand tech-jobs in 2022



WITH the high unemployment rate in Mzansi, if you are looking to study further you will need to weigh your options when you choose your career path.

If you will be starting with your studies, it’s important to know if you will be employable or will be able to use your skills to make an income for yourself.

It’s no secret that a lot is changing as technology advances and the world is transforming. So if you are looking to be employable this is the industry to get in to.

According to IOL Riaz Moola, CEO at HyperionDev, with the rapid digitisation of almost all aspects of our lives, tech-based careers offer the students of today lucrative opportunities for tomorrow.

According to Moola, these are the top 5 most in-demand tech careers in 2022.

1. Java developer – average annual salary according to Payscale: R375 315.

A Java developer uses the Java language to create high-functioning web applications, software and programmes.

2. Software engineer

Software engineers are generalised developers, making all kinds of software suitable to the business’s needs. Some of the responsibilities of a software engineer are to analyse user requirements, write and test code, refine and rewrite it as necessary, and communicate with any programmers involved in the project.

3. Data scientist/data engineer

“Data is the internet’s new gold rush, which is why companies want to understand their core data and key customer insights to unlock more efficient systems and bigger profits,” says Moola.

“Data scientists and data engineers are the answer to that better business.”

4. Enterprise architect

The career of an enterprise architect is one of the best tech jobs in the world because it combines staggeringly high pay and substantial job opportunities and security.

5. Full-stack web developer

Full-stack developers have officially passed their single-stream counterparts (front-end and back-end developers) to claim the fifth most desirable tech job in the world.

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