WHAT IS A RESUME?
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WHAT IS A RESUME?
• The answer to “What can you do for me?”
• Highlights the relevant facts about you, your education, and
• Makes the first impression about you.
• Positions you in the mind of the employer, thus creating a
• The interview gets you the job, the resume gets you the
• At Job Fairs
• The way the employer wants to receive it
• Job Posting Boards
• Company Websites
• Electronically (e-mail)
• With Covering Letters
• Know Yourself
-- Current Values, Interests, Skills, Personality Traits and Personal
-- Goal Setting.
• Explore Career Opportunities
-- Matching goals, transferable skills, and
personal needs to a career path.
• A list of potential employers.
• Find out • Check with
* General job * Placement office files
information * WWW
* Desired qualifications * Trade journals,
and skills magazines, and
* Key values and words newsletters
* Company literature
Consider the following categories
• Objective (what you want to do)
• Education (schools, locations, degree, dates,
• Project (coursework)
• Work Experiences (paid, unpaid, volunteer)
• Skills (Computer, Technical, Language)
• Accomplishments (don’t be shy)
• Make it easy for recruiter to find you
• Name (largest font)
• Address, City and State
• Telephone Number
• Email Address
DEEPA SANKAR Rajesh Krishnan
409-b, Cross Road
South Extn-I 580 Church Road Phone: 022-2354698
New Delhi-11 Worli, Bombay-69 Mob: 09747123333
Mob: 09995595959 Krish_raj@sbcglobal.net
409-b, cross Road,
New-Delhi-11 580 Church Road Phone: 022-2354698
Worli, Bombay-69 Mob: 09747123333
• One to three sentence summary of your
area of expertise and career interest.
• Write as complete sentences or as
descriptive phrases with minimal
• Relate your existing skills directly to the
job you are seeking. Demonstrate what
you can do for the company rather than
what they can do for you.
Avoid overgeneralized Make the statement as
statements: specific as possible:
A position allowing me A position which allows
to utilize my knowledge me to apply my
and expertise in background in
different areas. engineering and high
Avoid statements that performance computing
focus only on what a to biological problems.
company can do for
A position where I gain
experience in working
on biological problems.
• Reverse chronological order.
• Divide the Relevant Experience with Work History.
• Five Components:
– Job Title
– Name of Employer
– Dates of employment
•Street address, supervisor names, telephone number or
reason for leaving.
• List most recent education first.
• Mention Date of Completion and University/College name.
• Percentage only if I class.
• Academic honors.
• Don’t include high school (unless this is your highest level of
Activities and Honors
• Only if relevant to job.
– Mention scholarships, memberships etc.
– Community work, volunteer work etc.
• Don’t include anything from before college.
• Avoid controversial topics such as
Politics, Religion etc.
• For Freshers, you may mention extra-curricular activities, which would
highlight your suitability to the job.
Hobbies and Interests
• Don’t list unless
– Organized, that is, if you belong to a club or group
– Relevant to the position
• In general, do not include the names and
addresses of your references on your
• It is enough to state that references are
available upon request.
• Choose professional references rather
than character references. Employers and
professors who know you and your work
are the best references.
10 RESUME DO’S
• Make sure it looks professional
• Use standard sized, white/light tint paper
• Print on only one side
• Try to keep it to one page (undergrad)
• Format well and have white space
• Use bullets and powerful verbs
• Keep it positive
• Be honest, but don’t undersell yourself
• Use the vocabulary (keywords) of your field
• Keep your contact information current
10 RESUME DON’TS
• Have misspelled words or names
• Include photograph, marital status, sex, age
• Handwrite changes or additions
• Make it too crowded with no white space
• Send it without a cover letter
• Have unexplained abbreviations
• Use personal pronouns
• Use fonts smaller than 10 pt.
• Use a template-they’re tougher to alter
The Final Test
Does your resume answer these questions:
•Does it clearly and quickly communicate to employer that you
can do the job?
•Do your strengths come across?
•Does everything support the job you are targeting?
•Should anything be removed?
•Does it really sell your skills?