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Muhammad Raufan Yusup

January 6, 2022

Get the recruiter attention and get invited for an interview

5 points that I learned it's important to have in your CV

5 points that I learned it's important to have in your CV

Originally posted on my Twitter in Indonesian ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Link to thread

For the UI/UX/Product Designers who are looking for jobs in 2022, here I try to summarize things that might be useful for preparing & why 15 out of 20 people failed to go to the next round when I helped the interview on my previous company

๐Ÿงต 5 things that can catch the recruiter's attention & get invited for an interview ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป


1. Straightforward CV

Don't be long-winded, get to the point of experience and a summary of the responsibilities for each experience. Don't even use the progress bar like "Figma 80%, photoshop 70%". Because what I see on the candidate's CV is usually only 2 things: Experience & access to the portfolio

2. Access to your portfolio

Make sure your portfolio is accessible. If it's a personal website, attach the link and password (if any) to your CV. If it's in pdf format, please be aware of the file size (once got a candidate who attached a 500MB pdf!), just show the best and most relevant project for the position you're applying for


3. Direct recruiter to the best one

For big companies like Tokopedia, tiket, Gojek, etc. It's definitely a lot of people who applied. Could be hundreds every month. So the recruiter doesn't have much time to look at your portfolio one by one. If you have a portfolio of more than 1 project, direct them to see the best project, you can do this:

  • If on the personal web, you can direct it by highlighting, for example, "project with ๐Ÿ”ฅ are must read" and the card may also be distinguished by highlighting it more.

  • If it's in the pdf, put the best work at the very beginning and give a label for example "most highlighted project in 2021"


4. Summary your project details

Continuing with the points above, because the recruiters don't have much time, so they rarely read the case study thoroughly. That's why it's important to put the final UI above, summary goals, roles, problems, and summary outcomes. To attract recruiters, read your entire project

For the final UI, this is also quite crucial to put it on top or in front of it. No matter what the process is, what you see at the beginning is visual. So the visual is for triggering, the process is to make sure that you are the right person to hire.


5. Design thinking template usage

Actually, this is fine and not wrong. But in reality, it is quite difficult to implement such an ideal process: there are deadlines, limitations, etc. That's why I appreciate candidates who focus more on telling their thought process on the project

Then the 5 people who passed to the next stage out of a total of 20 people who applied for my previous company in that month, just show the project without using a template. I think it means that my interview partner used to agree on this point too.


[Bonus] 6. Interview Preparation

The 5 points above may help increase your potential to be invited for an interview. After being invited, I've written about preparations for interviews abroad in this link, it should still be relevant for preparing for interviews, whether in Indonesia or abroad

End of thread. Thanks for reading.