1) Don't mix skills & ability with technical skills
You will see several resumes on different websites reading which it is difficult to make out the candidates' competency for the job. Maybe, they are not aware about the difference in between 'skills & ability' and 'technical skills.' In reality, the former sub-heading is to furnish abilities that are parallel with the job. And there are many such abilities you will find common in most of the professions. Communication, interpersonal, and hard working are a few among them. You have to add analytical, trouble-shooting, building network infrastructure, and working independently as well as in a team abilities with these skills.
The technical skills is entirely for your technical abilities. In this, you will include your proficiencies in computer programming languages, software, networking system, database management and different types of operating systems. To stop yourself from committing mistakes, go through samples resumes on BSR.
2) Avoid listing job descriptions in your experience
Though job descriptions help in building resumes, a network systems analyst resume must focus on achievements instead. Don't follow other resumes that read 'Duties included” or “Responsibilities handled.” Because you will be adding them under experience anyway, mentioning it would create redundancy.
To write about your achievements, you need to raise and answers these following questions:
- What significant difference has my employment brought for the employer?
- What was my contribution for the projects I worked in?
- Have I succeeded in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities bestowed upon me?
- Was there any serious problems that I single-handedly managed?
- Did I face any challenges in executing the task? If yes, then how did I overcame them?
- Did I justify myself in holding the job position, and how?
3) Absence of job-related keywords in the resume
Nowadays, most employers are making use of an applicant tracking system to scan resumes. This system examines and picks those resumes that are infused with job-related keywords. With this kind of filtration, employers save their time and round-off suitable candidates for the position. Prepare a list of those keywords and try to imbibe in your resume. However, you must not over-stuff them just to get picked by the tracking system.
4) Stay away from words and phrase that are inexplicable
When you go through sample resumes on the internet, you will see use of verbs and adjectives that are unclear. Since you are applying for a network systems analyst job, every sentence of yours must be constructive, clear, and fully explained. Say for example, you have to mention the type of assistance you have provided in a project. If so, you shouldn't simply mention “Assisted with setting up a networking systems for a client.” Instead, you must make it clear how you assisted the team and how it resulted in speeding up finishing of the project.
5) Giving double spaces to increase the resume length
Some people believe that a two or four pages resume creates a better impression on employers. For this, they use double spaces from the paragraph option of the word processing software. Having uncommon gaps between lines give an odd look to the resume. Hence, don't use double spaces even though you are less experienced or more.
Avoid these 5 mistakes and increase the probability of being called for an interview. Lastly, before dashing to mail the resume, go through it for a couple of times. Better if you get it read by one or two friends or relatives to eliminate typos and grammatical errors.