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How to Make a Good Resume?

  1. 1. SUIT UPDr A.N. Brijesh Nair & Deepa Madathil
  2. 2. My Disclaimer• Not a professional resume/SOP writer• I am talking from my experience – Applying for jobs – InterviewingMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 2
  3. 3. My Disclaimer• These rules – Not applicable • To Mass RecruitersMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 3
  4. 4. Outline• Resume – Journey of a resume – Writing a resume – Do’s and Don’ts• Interviews – Do’s and Don’ts• SOP – Definition – How to write it• QuestionsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 4
  5. 5. How many of you know the differences between…… March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 5
  6. 6. ResumesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 6
  7. 7. BiodataMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 7
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  9. 9. ResumesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 9
  10. 10. Word “Resume” originated from• French Word – SummaryMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 10
  11. 11. If “Resume” is “Summary”• Ideally – 1 page – Cannot exceed 2 pages• Resume – Summary • Employment • Education Relevant to the job • Other skillsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 11
  12. 12. Resume• Never list out – All your qualifications/education• But – Only those relevant to job advertisedMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 12
  13. 13. Resume• Written in third person – To be objective and formal• Use bulleted points• Starts with – Summary of Qualifications/Objective• Reverse chronological order – Focus on the most recent oneMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 13
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  15. 15. Curriculum Vitae originated from• Latin Word – Course of LifeMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 15
  16. 16. Curriculum Vitae (C.V)• C.V – More detailed than Resume – Usually 2 to 3 pages • Can be even longer – List every • Skill • Job Chronological Order • Degree • Professional AffiliationsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 16
  17. 17. Curriculum Vitae (C.V)• C.V – General Talent – Not the specific skillMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 17
  18. 18. BiodataMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 18
  19. 19. Bio-Data• Short form for – Biographical dataMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 19
  20. 20. Typical Biodata• Personal particulars – Date of Birth – Religion – Sex – Race – Nationality – Residence – Marital StatusMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 20
  21. 21. Typical Bio-data• Chronological listing of – Education – Experience• Can be more than 10 pages• Example of a bio-dataMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 21
  22. 22. So what do you have to make?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 22
  23. 23. So what do you have to make?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 23
  24. 24. So what do you have to make?• Resume??• Bio-data??• Curriculum Vitae??March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 24
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  26. 26. Majority of the time• Resume…March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 26
  27. 27. So you send your resume for…• Job• Internship• To professors – To get scholarships • To do MSMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 27
  28. 28. You apply via…• Email• Snail Mail• Job sites like – www.monster.com – www.naukri.comMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 28
  29. 29. It is good to understand what happens to your resume after you send thatMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 29
  30. 30. Assume…• Opening in VIT UniversityMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 30
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  32. 32. Journey of a ResumeMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 32
  33. 33. Journey of a Resume• Assume 100 people applied – For the post of • Assistant Professor • One opening – Now HR dept • Hands over the resume – To Director of SMBSMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 33
  34. 34. Journey of a Resume• Director of School – busy person – Glance through each resume • Maximum for a minute • Short lists 10 from that • Others go to dust-bin – Comes back later • Goes in detail – Through the 10 short listed resumes • Selects five – To call for final interviewMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 34
  35. 35. Journey of a Resume• What happened here? – Ninety resumes were not even read properly – Rejected – Why?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 35
  36. 36. Journey of a Resume• It failed to create “that” first impressionMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 36
  37. 37. Journey of a Resume• It is very necessary to – Create that first impression • If you need to be selected for Interview• How can you do that – Making your resume • Short and sweet • Being very specificMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 37
  38. 38. What happens when you send yourresume to the professor abroad for MS admission?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 38
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  40. 40. Assume a situation• You are a final year student in VIT University• One fine day you are getting a mail in your inboxMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 40
  41. 41. You are getting a mail…March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 41
  42. 42. You are getting a mail…March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 42
  43. 43. After reading this what will be your reaction??March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 43
  44. 44. Your reaction? $%&@ You!March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 44
  45. 45. Now a professor gets a mailMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 45
  46. 46. Professor Opens the mailMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 46
  47. 47. What will he do? $%&@ You!March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 47
  48. 48. What will he do?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 48
  49. 49. What do you understand?• From job selection process in VIT• Emails I showed youMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 49
  50. 50. More than 95% of the time, yourresumes are not even read before it is rejectedMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 50
  51. 51. Your resume should…• Withstand filteringMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 51
  52. 52. Resume• Short and sweet• Being very specificMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 52
  53. 53. Resumes – Do’s and Don’ts• For a B.Tech Student – One page ideal – Worst case • 2 pages – Font • Arial – Heading 12 pt – Text 10-11pt – Minimize the white space • Ideally “ZERO” white spaceMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 53
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  61. 61. The new resumeMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 61
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  65. 65. Another ExampleMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 65
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  69. 69. The transformationMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 69
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  71. 71. Food for thoughtMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 71
  72. 72. What is this?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 72
  73. 73. A roadside book store…March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 73
  74. 74. How do you select a book…• Attracted by – Author – Cover – Best sellerMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 74
  75. 75. So you should• Make yourself well known• Make your work well known• As a fresher both are not possible• What is possible – Make your resume colorfulMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 75
  76. 76. How can you make it colorful?• Adding all relevant stuffMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 76
  77. 77. Sections in ResumeMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 77
  78. 78. Name and Address Your email id Your Name• Give your permanent address• Font – Name • Arial 14 pt – Others • Arial 10 ptMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 78
  79. 79. Objective• Should exactly match the job profile• Objective should be – Unique for the job• Maximum 2 linesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 79
  80. 80. Education• Latest degree first• Format – Degree-specialization-School-CGPA-Month & Date of GraduationMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 80
  81. 81. Academic Projects• All relevant projects you did in class – Last one firstMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 81
  82. 82. Publications• Last publication first• Include ONLY publications – Relevant for the jobMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 82
  83. 83. Skills• The various skills you possess – In bulleted points – Group similar skills togetherMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 83
  84. 84. Honors• The various outstanding achievements – Relevant to position appliedMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 84
  85. 85. Relevant Courses• Relevant courses – Good for internshipMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 85
  86. 86. Additional Qualifications• Any other qualification you have – That makes you a better candidateMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 86
  87. 87. Reference• Optional – You can always write • “Reference will be provided on request”March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 87
  88. 88. Internships• If applying for industry job/internship – This should come after “Education”March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 88
  89. 89. Professional Experience• If you already have a jobMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 89
  90. 90. Professional Affiliations• The professional bodies you are affiliated toMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 90
  91. 91. So titles…• Name and address• Objective• Education• Professional Experience• Academic Projects• Internships• Publications• Skills• Honors• Relevant Courses• Additional Qualifications• ReferencesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 91
  92. 92. Some thoughts on Resume• Professional Experience• Academic Projects• Internships Cannot develop these skills overnight• Publications• Skills• HonorsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 92
  93. 93. Some thoughts on Resume• Every month you do something – Update your resumeMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 93
  94. 94. Some thoughts on Resume• No two jobs can have same resumeMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 94
  95. 95. Some thoughts on Resume• Never copy even a single line of your resume• My professor – Shown me copied resumesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 95
  96. 96. Some thoughts on Resume• Before you send the resume – Make your resume – Correct it – Show it to your friends – Correct it again – Show it to someone who understands the job profile – Again correct itMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 96
  97. 97. Suppose you are applying for this jobMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 97
  98. 98. All titles should match these key words• Name and address• Objective• Education• Professional Experience• Academic Projects• Internships• Publications• Skills• Honors• Relevant Courses• Additional Qualifications• ReferencesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 98
  99. 99. Uploading your resume in WebMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 99
  100. 100. You upload your resume• www.naukri.com• www.monster.comMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 100
  101. 101. How is this different from other ways of applying?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 101
  102. 102. After you upload your resume• Most of the time – It is not for a specific job – You register in that site • Upload your resume – Companies contact these websites • Specifying key words – “Structural Engineer”, “Network Engineer” • Search engine picks up – All resumes that match the key wordMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 102
  103. 103. If you are uploading your resume• To a internet site – It should be rich in technical terms – so that it comes up in internal searchMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 103
  104. 104. Let us move onMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 104
  105. 105. InterviewsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 105
  106. 106. Now you are called for interviewMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 106
  107. 107. Types of interview• HR Interview – Group Discussion – One to one interview• TechnicalMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 107
  108. 108. Interviews – some get through some won’tMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 108
  109. 109. Some HR interview questionsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 109
  110. 110. Interviews• These questions look very easy• Answers are not easy• If you haven’t prepared – You easily contradict yourself – Flow of words won’t be thereMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 110
  111. 111. Some HR interview questionsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 111
  112. 112. Interviews• Be prepared for such questions• Lot of books out there – Do’s and don’t’s • HR Interview – Read at least one of them• Make your own stories• Connect that story – To all the questionsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 112
  113. 113. Interview• While going for an interview – Read all that is available • About that company• At the end of the interview – Ask one question (already prepared) • That proves your knowledge about the company – It can really helpMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 113
  114. 114. Interview• Once you are done with the interview – Send a “THANK YOU” mail – It makes a lot of differenceMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 114
  115. 115. Statement of Purpose (SOP)March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 115
  116. 116. Why did you join VIT for doing engineering?March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 116
  117. 117. Why did you join VIT University?• Has to “some how” do engineering• Pressure from – Parents – Friends• You have been told from childhood – Your are worth only if you do engineering• Majority of us – Never had any life changing event • That made us to decide “I am going to do engineering”March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 117
  118. 118. It is different in US• No one is forced to do any courses• You join college/select the subject based – On your own interest – Example of my friend • BS in Arts (movie making) • MS in Engineering – Learning the working principle of camerasMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 118
  119. 119. What is SOP?• It should answer 3 questions – What motivated you to do what you are doing now? – What are you doing now? – Why you want to do what you want to do for your graduate studies? March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 119
  120. 120. Taking example of my friend• What motivated you to do what you are doing now? – A camera I got as gift • I took around taking photos/videos • Arouse interest in me to know more about – Lighting – Shades • So took up Bachelors in Arts (specializing in movie making)March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 120
  121. 121. Taking example of my friend• What are you doing now? – Making movies using what I learned in school – Types of movies I make – Challenges I faceMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 121
  122. 122. Taking example of my friend• Why you want to do what you want to do for your graduate studies? – I am making so many movies – Feels like I don’t have control over the cameras – Need to learn more about the working of camera – Decided to do MSMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 122
  123. 123. More about SOP• For an American – Making a story is easy – A typical American in B.Tech class• For an Indian student – Most of the time • You may have to make up the story – To answer the 3 questionsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 123
  124. 124. Importance of SOP• SoP is the only part of your application packet over which you have full control!• Chance to talk directly to the admissions committee• Make yourself stand out from among a multitude of similarly qualified candidates• Convince the committee that you have the spark, the thirst for knowledge that could add value to your class March 20, 2012 SUIT UP 124
  125. 125. SOP• Should be – 400 to 600 words – 3 to 4 paragraphs longMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 125
  126. 126. Teachers talking about SOPMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 126
  127. 127. Conclude• Resume – No two resumes can be same – Make resumes based on job requirement – Limit it to one page• Interviews – Prepare well• SOP – You chance to impress the admission panel – Answer three questions making up your own storiesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 127
  128. 128. More about jobs/resumesMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 128
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  130. 130. Feedback brijeshnairan@gmail.com Brijesh Nair brijeshnairan Scaling New HeightsMarch 20, 2012 SUIT UP 130
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