Creating Powerful resumes A guide to writing your way into interviews….
Contents Basics of Resume writing How to create a powerful resume Tips to get your resume to the right places
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Before we start What is a resume for?
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
The irony Potential recruiters have very little time to see your resume. Sometimes lesser than 20 seconds So what do you do?
Build a powerful resume
Basic outline of a resume Objective or summary Professional experience Educational Background Project/Internship exp Personal Interests Extras Personal details
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.
The First Step Know yourself Who are you What do you want “who am I ?”
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. YOU
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?
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.
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.
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]
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?
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.
A sample layout
Education Section Educational background Most important section for freshers Info about formal education Relevancy to job
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.,
Draft layout Title of Project Where (Company/Organisation) Duration What you did? (explain the project) What you learnt? (personal takeaways)
Certifications Valuable certifications that relate to job Professional certifications that add skills Avoid filling too many/un related certifications.
Extras.. What’s he got that…. Awards/achievements Memberships Personal interests Extra-curricular Co-curricular
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
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.
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