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Being a leading Executive Search and Recruitment company, we have reviewed lakhs of resumes over the years and here we share some important tips for making an effective resume. You can also get professional resume writing services and sample resumes at 9amjobs.com, a job portal promoted by Mukul Consultants Group.
Your Resume is a primary career marketing device. Your Resume has got only 20-30 seconds to impress the recruiter looking at your Resume (a Prospective Employer or a Placement Agency) to make an impression and to show clearly what the person may be looking for in the Resume.
Key Contents in a Resume
A Resume should have following 7 main Heading (properly emphasized with Bold and Font size) and these may have sub headings.
1} Your Objective or Summary of Profile and Plus Points.
2) Experience Summary
3) Job Profile in each of your Jobs
4) Achievements (may be made a part of Work Experience)
5) Projects / Major Assignments (in some kind of Profiles like IT, Construction etc)
6) Education, Certifications and academic achievements.
7) Personal Details
Writing a Good Resume- Some TipsĚ
The best resume writing will show what steps you need to take for writing a good resume. Follow these step and you are on your track to get good interview calls for your prospective job.
o Designing a heading that makes your name stand out
o The right contact information should be there.
o Job Objective statement should be concise.
o Substituting a professional title for the Job Objective statement in your resume.
o Use the right Keywords
o Use effective and descriptive Resume title.
o Starting off your resume with a strong kick with your Summary of Qualifications
o Your technical knowledge and strengths must stand out clearly at the beginning of your resume.
o Avoid the resume clich√©s that can put the employer to bore.
o You can facilitate a smooth career change with effective phrases.
o Begin sentences with action verbs. Demonstrate yourself as someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets things done.
o All the mandatory information should be on your resume
o Quantify your work experience.
o Creating a work history that shows off your strengths
o Disguising gaps in your employment history, if you are having some gaps in your experience
o Mention any volunteer experience to your Work History.
o Making your promotions noticeable at a glance and highlight those points.
o Your achievement statements in your resume can make value to an employer.
o Mention major headings in your functional resume of your good achievements.
Education of any candidate is almost always a point of interest to a prospective employer. The Education section is usually positioned at or near the end of the resume. In some cases, Education section comes under the Summary of Qualifications, near the beginning of the resume. List your qualifications in order of relevance, in organized way, from most to least. This case can be if one or more of the following conditions applies:
¬∑ If your education is highly relevant to the new position where you are applying.
¬∑ If you are a new graduate and you want to show off your degree.
¬∑ If you have no employment experience in the field you are going into, but you have a degree or training in that field.
Education comes in many forms (formal, independent, professional training, and experiential), and there are as many ways to measure its results (degrees, credentials, certifications, equivalencies, years of experience, lists of acquired skills).
In education criteria you probably fall into one of the following categories:
¬∑ If you have one or more college degrees.
¬∑ If you are about to achieve your college degree.
¬∑ If you have a college degree equivalent.
¬∑ If you went to college but didn't complete your degree program.
o Make sure that your resume is in organized order of essential and relevant information.
o Check all spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual punctuation, and inconsistent capitalizations.
o Using the right type of paper and presentations.
Some Essential things in writing Resume:
¬∑ The Length of Resume:
One page whenever possible. Two pages, if not, Since the purpose is to help the employer make a quick decision about sending you an interview invite and shorter, the better is your resume . The length of the resume should be correlated to the time the employer can possible allot for you rather than the length or breadth of your career.
¬∑ Strengths are highlighted / weaknesses de-emphasized.
Focus on whatever is strongest and most impressive in your profile. Make strategic choices as ‚Äėhow to organize‚Äô, ‚Äėorder‚Äô, and convey your skills and background in your resume. Think about whether to include the information at all, placement in overall structure of the resume, location on the page itself or within a section, ordering of information, use of design elements (such as boldface to highlight, italics to minimize.
¬∑ The Address
The only reason for an address in your resume is to facilitate a reply and further communication. Many applicants, especially in the Indian context, candidates mentions two addresses - a "permanent address" and then a "present address" - in their resumes. It is a confusing and irritating practice. In Resume there should be your current mailing address, your phone number and your email id.
Main guidelines for Design and Presentation of Resume
¬∑ The resume should be attractive and easy to read by the employer. A first look should automatically draw the attention of the reader. The main 1-2 points you want to strongly convey to the employer should be emphasized in resume. Employer can make an judgment that your resume is meeting his requirements. The quality should be in each facet of your presentation in resume.
¬∑ Paper: You can use size A4 sheets (8.27" width and 11.69" height) and print only on one side of the paper. Because the standard size allows the employer to easily file your resume. While white or off-white paper is the standard but you can also use other light colored papers.
¬∑ Font: Always Use clear typefaces like Verdana, Times New Roman, Helvetica or Tahoma. Always use font size of 9 to 14 points as appropriate - different fonts have different sizes for the same font size.
¬∑ Cover: Please do not fold the resume. Use an A4+ or full-scale hard paper cover to mail your resume. Mention the address clearly at front and back.
¬∑ Printing: Always print your resume by Laser. It is a simple, effective and cheap.
¬∑ Design Consistency: In your resume you should follow simple and consistent rules of design. Italics, alignment, boldface, bulleting, underlining, and font sizes should reflect simplicity in your resume.
Things which should be avoided in Resume:-
As a general rule anything that takes away your chances of job success or any irrelevant data that simply takes away space and attention from your communication must not be in your resume. Some important irrelevant things are:
¬∑ Resume Objective: Your objective should be simple - Why you are applying- to get the job. You should not waste the time of your potential employer and the space in your resume. Make a job target (or "job objective") that can be stated in about 5 or 6 words. Anything beyond that is probably "fluff" and indicates a lack of clarity and direction
¬∑ Reasons for leaving a job: Do not mention a long reason for leaving any of your previous jobs. Any particular story can seldom present your earlier employer AND yourself in positive light, and should be definitely kept away from the resume.
¬∑ "Resume" heading: Do not mention ‚ÄúResume‚ÄĚ as a heading because through your covering letter and through the header in your mailing cover and through a quarter-second-glance at your resume it will be obvious that it is actually a resume. Why waste valuable real estate for stating the obvious?
¬∑ References: Each company has its own policies regarding references - which will not change irrespective of what you mention in your resume. So generally it is quite enough to indicate availability of references and reference should be reliable.
¬∑ Negative Remarks: Avoid direct negative comments about any individual or institution.
¬∑ Controversial Topics: Avoid any hint of controversy in your resume. It will reflect your good chance in interview because sometimes you are not able to defend yourself.
¬∑ Do not include ‚ÄėNo Kidding Information‚Äô: Always avoid statements like ‚ÄúAvailable for interview‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúReferences available upon request.‚ÄĚ If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think ‚Äúno kidding!‚ÄĚ
Create An Image That Matches The Salary You Want and What they Offers:
write your resume, always keep in mind the level of job and salary you
want. Make sure to create an image that presents you at the appropriate
level and that can matches to the requirement of the employer as well.
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