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  • 1. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Creating Powerful resumes A guide to writing your way into interviews….
  • 2. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Contents • Basics of Resume writing • How to create a powerful resume • Tips to get your resume to the right places
  • 3. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Finerva academy • Learning initiatives • Training on life skills • 70 years of combined team experience • 0% Theory, 100% practicality
  • 4. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Before we start What is a resume for?
  • 5. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 A resume is for…. • It is only and only a key to get a call for a job interview. Period. –Secondary objectives • Self marketing tool • Job skills showcase • Value addition
  • 6. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 The irony • Potential recruiters have very little time to see your resume. • Sometimes lesser than 20 seconds • So what do you do?
  • 7. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Build a powerful resume
  • 8. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Basic outline of a resume • Objective or summary • Professional experience • Educational Background • Project/Internship exp • Personal Interests • Extras • Personal details
  • 9. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 What is this???? Avoid redundancy • Then why “resume” on top of your resume? • Key point to understand is that space is very precious and hence avoid redundancy.
  • 10. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 The First Step • Know yourself • Who are you • What do you want • “who am I ?”
  • 11. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 The Objective • Short and Powerful statement which helps the reader to understand how you fit into his needs. • It is NOT about you, its about what he wants.
  • 12. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Is this a good objective statement? An internship allowing me to utilize my knowledge and expertise in different areas • Well-written but raises too many questions • For example: What kind of internship? What knowledge? What kinds of expertise? Which areas?
  • 13. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Sample Objectives… • For an entry level accounting position: A position in the accounting field where excellent analytical and technical skills can help to improve the company's profitability. • If you have two years experience: A Data Entry position where skills in spreadsheet development and troubleshooting can improve efficiency and enhance profitability.
  • 14. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Sample Objectives… • If you are changing areas of employment: A position as Assistant Engineer where construction knowledge, high mechanical aptitude and commitment to safety can contribute to profitable operation. • If you are a creative worker: A Graphic Design position where advanced graphic and creative skills will produce a quality product for agency customers.
  • 15. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Readymade objectives… • For practice, fill in the parts in brackets – To utilize my [qualifications, strengths, or skills] as a [position title] – A position as a [position title] for [company name] allowing me to develop my [qualifications, strengths, or skills] – An opportunity to [professional goal] in a [type of organization, work environment, or field] – [position title] with emphasis in [areas of expertise]
  • 16. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Key Learnings… • Sometimes one size does NOT fit all • Each person and employer is unique in certain ways • Aim for a custom fit when possible, but how?
  • 17. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 The Experience Section • Gives a brief of your current and past professional experiences. • Need not necessarily be full time/paid but should be real- time. • Try to match past profiles to current opportunity.
  • 18. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 A sample layout
  • 19. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Education Section • Educational background • Most important section for freshers • Info about formal education • Relevancy to job
  • 20. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 A Sample
  • 21. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Project/ Internship section • Brief of Summer projects or off campus academic activities • Give the reader an idea of what you learnt in addition to syllabus • Clearer picture of your skills in practice. For e.g. Using SAP, Meeting customers, Researching etc.,
  • 22. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Draft layout • Title of Project • Where (Company/Organisation) • Duration • What you did? (explain the project) • What you learnt? (personal takeaways)
  • 23. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Certifications • Valuable certifications that relate to job • Professional certifications that add skills • Avoid filling too many/un related certifications.
  • 24. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Extras.. What’s he got that…. • Awards/achievements • Memberships • Personal interests • Extra-curricular • Co-curricular
  • 25. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 What goes and what does not… • You should be a don in the activity • The awards/achievements should be real worth it. • Be ready for rough questions
  • 26. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Personal Section
  • 27. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Do’s of resume… • Use single font, two sizes at max. • Use commonly available font families – Arial, Verdana, Times New, Trebuchet • Give lots of white space • Use powerful words, adjectives and buzz words. • KISS – Keep it simple and sweet.
  • 28. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Don'ts • Do not write resume on top • Do not use colors or too much of bold. • Do not write undertaking • Do not write stories • Do not make reader search for information
  • 29. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 Some more value additions
  • 30. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44
  • 31. www.edventures1.com | training@edventures1.com | +91-9787-55-55-44 • +91-97-87- 55- 55- 44 • training@edventures1.com • www.edventures1.com