Resume Writing

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Resume Writing

  1. 1. Effective Resume Writing How to make your resume stand out and beat the competition
  2. 2. What a Resume is NOT OIt is NOT a summary of your academics and work history
  3. 3. What is a Resume? OIt IS a marketing tool to sell yourself to your potential employer
  4. 4. Why do I need a Resume? O Almost ALL jobs need a resume O You need to show your potential employer that you have the skills, experience and personality to perform the job well
  5. 5. What is the Goal of a Resume? O The point of a resume is to display your strengths and accomplishments O It is designed with the goal to get you a job interview
  6. 6. Why is a Resume Important? O Employers will look at a resume for an average of 20-30 seconds O Competition is fierce, so you need an ATTENTION GRABBING RESUME O This is the first point of interaction between you and the employer O A clear and structured resume will qualify you for the interview
  7. 7. How do I Make an Impression with my Resume? O It is important that your resume is formatted properly so that it: O Is easy to read important information O Has a good layout O Has readable font type and size O Has enough white space
  8. 8. Resume Essentials These are to be headings in your resume: O Objective O Education O Professional Experience O Achievements O Skills O Interests O References
  9. 9. Tips for a Great Resume 1 Write your resume with a target in mind and be appropriate O You should alter and update your resume for EACH AND EVERY job you apply for DO NOT SEND THE SAME RESUME TO ALL JOBS O Analyze the job ads and job descriptions; compose the resume to address the requirements
  10. 10. Tips for a Great Resume 2 Highlight your Strengths O To prove you are a better choice than the competition, describe: O Specific achievements/Targets achieved O Value additions in previous jobs O Mention skills used in different projects
  11. 11. Tips for a Great Resume 3 Keep it Short and Simple O Always write a moderately-sized resume O It should NEVER be more than two pages O Use the right font size O No bigger than 12, no smaller than 10 O Recruiters are interested in the latest job experience/job qualifications, so maintain the chronological order
  12. 12. Tips for a Great Resume 4 Ensure Correctness O Make sure to mention correct employment dates and designations O Employer can use a background check to validate the information O If that data in a resume is fake, you have lost your chances – BE CAREFUL
  13. 13. Tips for a Great Resume 5 Check for Grammar and Typing Mistakes O NO EXCUSES for typing mistakes, grammatical errors or spelling O Use ACTION VERBS to demonstrate that you are a person who initiates and is proactive ACTION VERBS: Managed Facilitated Organized Directed Planned Created Assisted Initiated Analyzed Developed
  14. 14. Tips for a Great Resume 6 Make the Best First Impression O Use quality WHITE paper and printer O Good formatting may not get you a job, but bad formatting will definitely reduce your chances O If sending a resume by email, use PDF format if possible to maintain formatting O Choose ONE font style that looks professional
  15. 15. DON’Ts in Resume Writing O DON’T state your expectations out of the job – instead, explain what you can contribute O DON’T have gaps between employment/education – make sure every year is accounted for, or employers will get suspicious of gaps O DON’T discuss salary, reasons for leaving past employment or availability – this is discussed in an interview O DON’T be wordy when listing job responsibilities – use bullet points to be brief and consistent

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