Writing a Resume is not just a task, it’s an Art!
A resume is a snapshot of one’s academics and career. Moreover, it’s the key determining factor of an interview. If Interview is a Flight, then Resume is your Air Ticket. Attractive the resume, higher the chances of getting a job.
The thought of writing a resume puts many people in a basket of worry. However, all you need is a plan that covers both structure and content needed to include. Here are few tips which can be useful for all of you.
Only a Page or a two
If you are a Fresher, then make sure your Resume is not more than a page or two. Writing unnecessary and irrelevant stuff on your resume can create a negative impression. If you are Experienced, till 2 or 3 pages is sufficient. But write only the things you know exactly. Don’t assume or manipulate the interviewer. Let your Resume be Clear and Concise.
First Impression is the Best Impression!
Start with the Name at Top-Left Corner and Contact Information at Top-Right Corner.
Then continue with Career objective and Summary.
Skills or Applications must consist those in which you are expert. Don’t write anything just for namesake.
Make sure you put academic qualifications in a table. Don’t write it as an essay as it will be difficult for the interviewer to figure out about your area of specialization. Keep your marks in percentage extended up to 2 decimals as shown in the below figure.
If you are a fresher and if you have done any projects during your curriculum you can mention that as well with 2 or 3 lines of brief description.
If you are Experienced, Start with your Previous Job description and Key Highlights of your activities soon after the Summary and then with the Qualifications.
Strengths and Weakness
This is one more important content in a resume which an interviewer look for.
For a Fresher, key strengths like Optimist, Hard Worker, Dedicated, Quick Learner or Willing to learn will be of more weight than other stuff.
For Experienced, it can be Team Player, Leadership Quality/Volunteer, Flexible, Good Listener, Adaptable to change, etc.,
If you are mentioning your strengths do mention weakness as well as no individual is perfect without a weakness.
If you don’t mention one, be ready with an answer to support why you have mentioned only strengths and not weakness. Such as – “I had a weakness of ____. I tried correcting it over time by doing ______…”
Leisure Pursuits: Hobbies and Interests
If you are a Fresher continue with this Column or else drop this as the interviewer will not be that interested to know about Hobbies/Interests of an Experienced Candidate.
Don’t write daily activities or those which are in general as a hobby. Hobby is something which an individual pursue in free time and most of the time they are unique and varies from an individual to individual. Listening to Music, Reading Newspaper, Dancing, etc. aren’t hobbies.
Cooking/Culinary Skills can be a hobby if you are able to try out something different in it.
Just include your Date of Birth, Languages known, and your Residential Address.
Marital Status and Gender is not needed. They would obviously know by name or when you face them in an interview whether you are a female or male. Marital Status is as immaterial as your Parents Name. Unless and Until if in Job Description they have mentioned that they need people who are Single/ Married, mention it.
In Residential Address, don’t start with D/O, S/O, C/O or anything else, start with the house number straight away. You are an adult and you don’t need someone from your family from whom you have to be identified. If you are stepping for a job it’s a process of moving to be independent. Hence no need to mention D/O, S/O, C/O or anything else.
Last but not the Least!
Never declare on your resume – ” I hereby declare that… ”
This is not a government official letter on which you have to give your consent.
As this is generally practiced formality you may face a question for no declaration.
If asked just reply that – “This is my resume. I have penned down each and every word and am pretty serious about it.” and try to convince them.
If they get convinced then this would be a plus point for you as the interviewer will have an impression that this candidate has a different approach than others.