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    1. 1. Opera Solutions, LLC 6th Floor, Express Trade Tower 1 Plot No 15-16, Sector 16A, Noida 201 301 +91 (120) 4642400 telephone +91 (120) 4642424 facsimile www.operasolutions.comResume Making WorkshopIIT Bombay25th August, 2012NOTICE: Proprietary and ConfidentialThis material is proprietary to Opera Solutions. It contains trade secrets and confidential information which is sole property of Opera Solutions. This material is solely for the Client’sinternal use. This material shall not be used, reproduced, copied, disclosed, transmitted, in whole or in part, without the express written consent of Opera Solutions.© 2011 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. Introduction to Opera SolutionsThe Context : Big DataThe world’s businesses realize that new Big Data solutions have huge power. But they lackinternal capabilities to take advantage of the opportunity There’s a Big Data gap that organizations can’t bridge themselves Data created grew 9X from 2005 to 2010 (800 billion gigabytes in 2010 alone) – existing capture systems overwhelmed Majority of new data is unstructured, web-based, extra-enterprise Large and growing 70% of unstructured data stale after 90 days market opportunity Analytics need to be brought into operations to drive real business improvement – companies lack the means for ongoing insertion of analytic output into their day-to-day operations© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 2
    3. 3. Introduction to Opera SolutionsThe Opera Difference Opera Solutions dramatically improves machine intelligence and couples it with the power of human insight to drive significant, sustained profit growth Founded in 2004, Opera has grown to over 500 professionals with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia We serve the world’s leading organizations in financial services, retailing, government, structured finance, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment and media, and more© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 3
    4. 4. Unmatched Human InsightsOpera’s global team includes world-class Big Data capabilities: scientists, service professionalsand technologists working closely together Opera Scientists Opera Data Opera Professional Opera Developers (150+ Today, expanding to Specialists Services (70+ proprietary; large (60+) (150+) network) 300) Largest concentration in World-class data Industry leaders with Global talent working a private firm today – structuring and deep domain together goal is to “corner the integration expertise; experience market” with 300 by proprietary technology Rapid development 2013 – aggressive Proven ability to solve capabilities and Cloud recruitment Experts in new classes business problems talent of data (e.g., social with analytics-based Experts in machine media, geo-location, solutions Experts in developing learning, mathematics, mobile, etc.) lean, flexible neurobiology, cognitive processing and neuroscience, more – delivery infrastructure 20+ disciplines – stronger, multi- disciplinary approach Fluid movement between domains and disciplines; critical mass of talent; deep integration between scientists, technologists, and professional service teams© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 4
    5. 5. Opera Solutions’ Global FootprintOpera Solutions has created a global capability of which India is the second largest office New York/New Jersey (2005) London/Paris (2005) • Global headquarters • Client-facing offices • Client-facing offices Shanghai (2005) • Source of top Chinese talent • Focus on analytics • Regional client base New Delhi (2006) • Source of top talent for all service areas • Center of excellence for multiple capabilities e.g. San Diego (2008) • 24 x 7 Operations • Global Talent Pool − Analytics • Global Analytics/ Technology − Software and Visualization headquarters • Rapid Execution − Research and Data • Client-facing office • Regional client base© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 6
    6. 6. Agenda • What is a Resume? • 5 Steps to Make a Resume • Sections of a Resume • Sample Resumes • Doubts and Misconceptions • In a Nutshell© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 7
    7. 7. A. What is a Resume?The resume is your first interaction with a potential employer. It is a marketing tool and anintroduction to you and your experiences. There is a need for effectively presenting yourself intext form to the interviewer Product Brochure Consumers Student Resume Interviewer Purpose of a resume: Get shortlisted for a Personal Interview© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 8
    8. 8. A. What is a Resume?Decide which messages are most important to your audience, and communicate these messagessuccinctly and clearly in a visually appealing format • Basic Details • Academic Achievements • Positions of Responsibility • Project Information • Extra Curricular Activities • Awards Ensure delivery of High quality of • Relevance to position applied for • Content • Skill sets • Size and arrangement • Attitude and aspirations • Appropriate language • Organizational capabilities • Formatting Information conveyed in 120 seconds!© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 9
    9. 9. Agenda • What is a Resume? • 5 Steps to Make a Resume – Understand Yourself – List and Pick – Arrange – Polish – Review • Sections of a Resume • Doubts and Queries • Sample Resumes • In a Nutshell© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 10
    10. 10. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB1. Understand YourselfAnalyze yourself thoroughly to determine what would work best for you LIST AND UNDERSTAND ARRANGE POLISH REVIEW PICK Analyze Yourself What are my skill sets? What kind of a job do I want? What matters to me in the long-term? Your resume should reflect a consistent personality throughout Decide what aspects of your personality you want to reflect© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 11
    11. 11. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB1. Understand YourselfGather information from all possible sources to decide the right job profile for you Know Past Experience • Understand mistakes made • Get first-hand details • Know various options Discuss With SeniorsBe Proactive• Clarify doubts with the firm• Decide for yourself• Avoid herd-mentality Keep thinking Read up company Attend websites PPTs Ensure Reliability • Cross check information • Don’t rely on subjective opinions • Approach the right sources© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 12
    12. 12. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB1. Understand YourselfBring out skills and impacts of each activity, not an itinerary of tasks; the following matrix canhelp you understand how to include impact while framing the content What skills are reflected? Activity What did I do? (The itinerary) (Final content) • Responsibility, enthusiasm to start • Conducted intra hostel events for the new trends, pick new talent first time • Target high quality level, improve Hostel Debating • Trained hostel team for events with existing scene, network with alumni Secretary help of seniors who passed out for benefit • Conducted practice sessions • Dedication, meticulousness • Won the trophy • Achieving desired goal, high level of excellence • Task 1 • Skill sets 1 Activity 2 • Task 2… • Skill sets 2… Helps achieve a balance without repeating the same skills unnecessarily Helps understand the relevance of including each activity© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 13
    13. 13. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB2. Listing and Ranking AchievementsMake an exhaustive list of achievements, rank them by magnitude and group them section wise;minor achievements add value in sections where the resume is weak UNDERSTAND LIST AND ARRANGE POLISH REVIEW PICK 1. LIST 2. RANK 3. PICK ACADEMIC Coordinator Organizer Core Group Member MI/Techfest/E Cell OC GS Cult GSAA GS Department DR1 9+CPI UROP Technical Event Winner GS Cult GS Sports Department DR1 National Debate Semester Topper UROP AA Best Dandiya Dancer GS Sports Dept. Winner 9+CPI Insti Cultural Colors Dept. Olympiad All India Finalist GSec MI OC Insti Secy Dept Association GSec GSec Hostel GSec Core Group Member ECell OC Hostel GSec Cult Co Debate Insti Secy Insti Placement Nominee MI/Techfest/ECell OC Winner Hostel Sys Ad Techfest OC Semester Topper Sports Team Captain Insti GS Cult/AA/Sports POS. OF RESP. SPICMACAY Volunteer Techfest Participant Music Secy UROP Cult Co. Inter IIT Gold Dept./Hostel GSec Core Group Member 9+CPI Insti Placement Nominee Inter IIT Gold Medalist Student Mentor Coordinator Technical Insti Secy Medalist Olympiad All India Finalist PT Event Winner Dept Association GSec Debate Winner Insti Placement Manager Hostel Sys Ad PT Nominee Contingent Leaders Dance Cult Co Nominee Insti Cultural Colors Soc Secy Lit Student Mentor Choreographer Warden Nominee Hostel Fest OC Coordinator Secy Semester Topper Contingent Leaders Olympiad All India Finalist Organizer Best Dandiya Contingent Leaders Organizer PAF Script In charge Dance Choreographer Dancer SPICMACAY Volunteer Techfest participant PAF PAF Script Incharge Script In charge Sports Team Captain National Debate Winner EX-CURRICS Insti Cultural Color Warden Nominee Insti Music Secy Student Sports Team Captain Mentor Hostel Fest OC Department DR1 Inter IIT Gold Medalist Debate Winner ? ? ? ? (The ranking is for the purpose of explanation only)© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 14
    14. 14. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB2. Picking Relevant AchievementsRecruiters look for spikes and not average performances. Instead of listing each and everyactivity, only list the spikes in your achievements High average No Lower average but spike high spikes Preferred Candidate Recommended Number of Points 2-Page 1-Page • Academic Achievements 2-3 2-3 4 3 • Summer Internships/ Practical Training Major Ones 1-2 • Positions of Responsibility 2-4 2-3 1 2 • Extra-curricular Activities 2-4 1-2 • Seminar/ BTP/ DDP/ Course Projects 1-2 (if substantial) 0-1© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 15
    15. 15. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB2. Customizing by Job ProfilesCertain sections in the resume could be varied according to the profile of job you are interested in KEY FOCUS AREAS Consulting I-Banking (Front-end) • Analytical abilities • Analytical abilities • Communication skills and Team work • Department/ Specialization • Academic performance • Academic performance • Spikes in any field • Communication skills FMCG/Oil Tech • Working in teams • Knowledge of concepts • Academic performance • Academic performance • Grasp of technical concepts • Analytical abilities • Programming languages known I-Banking (Back-end) IT • Knowledge of concepts • Problem/ puzzle solving skills • Academic performance • Communication skills • Analytical abilities • Working in stressful situations • Programming languages known© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 16
    16. 16. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB3. Arrangement: 1-page ResumeCreate a good first impression by putting major achievements first. Once you capture the reader’sinterest, you can guide the thought-process in your favor UNDERSTAND LIST AND ARRANGE POLISH REVIEW PICK Interest of reader Make a good first impression • Place attention- capturing items earlier OR • Leverage the flexibility allowed in placing sections • Within a sentence, deliver impact in the first half Major achievements …. rather than later in earlier … the page Often, first level of shortlisting is done in a scan time of 20 seconds per resume© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 17
    17. 17. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB3. LanguageThe way you write determines how effectively your skills and achievements are conveyed to thereader. Focus heavily on this section Vocabulary • Avoid slang • Keep it simple Common Action Verbs Achieved Tense Grammar Conceptualized • Show task-completion • Use active voice • Be Consistent • Grammar check Demonstrated Executed Identified Implemented Motivated Organized Pioneered Revamped Punctuation Length of Sentences Revived • Be Consistent • Start with action verbs • Check for errors • Write short sentences Revolutionized • Avoid repetition Spearheaded Started Spellings Undertook • Avoid short forms Volunteered • Check for errors (More in Appendix)© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 18
    18. 18. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB3. LanguageImprove the quality of the resume by adhering to professional standards of style and content STYLE CONTENT • Avoid stilted or confusing language. Ask • Cite numbers to convey size/ scale of yourself, "Would I talk like that? or “How project, budget, etc. would I explain this?” • Only include courses that are relevant to • Don’t use first person ‘I’ or any pronouns the job you seek • Avoid self-flattering terms such as "highly • Give examples that demonstrate skilled, outstanding, or excellent." personality traits such as leadership, confidence, and independence • Be honest and accurate, but not overly modest • Exclude data relevant to salary expectations and religious or political • Use a conservative font, such as affiliations Arial, Verdana or Times New Roman© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 19
    19. 19. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB3. LanguageAs you iterate, you get better at conveying the right information effectively and in a concise manner INITIAL VERSION (2-PAGE) • Don’t state objectives, say • ‘Ideation and Innovation Center Design’: The objective was to prepare a conceptual framework what you did for designing and detailing a benchmark ideation and innovation center for ITC Limited • Avoid writing things that are • Embarked upon a voluntary PR exercise to visit benchmark innovation centers and interact with expected anyway, write key personnel to supplement theory with actual observations. Located bottlenecks in existing unique contributions pilot setup, estimated upgradation required to meet existing and future demands of Product • Quantify results, don’t say Development team ‘better’ • Prepared a comprehensive model for the innovation center to be implemented in 3 • Give examples phases, including infrastructure, equipment, human resources and ideation models • Applied concept of dynamic similitude to integrate manufacturing processes of all cigarette factories of ITC to achieve better consistency, repeatability, efficiency and flexibility. This was not part of the initial project goals INTERMEDIATE VERSION • "Ideation and Innovation Center Design": Prepared a comprehensive model for an ideation and innovation center including infrastructure, equipment and human resources, to be implemented in 3 phases over a long term for ITC Limited • Reduce text • Voluntarily visited benchmark innovation centers (John Welch Center, Philips Innovation • Remove things that have Campus) and interacted with various heads to understand their methods and supplement low impact theory with real world information • Highlight key takeaways • Studied innovation models of leading companies (IDEO, P&G, GE, Philips, etc) & compared with • Shorten length of sentences ITC to locate bottlenecks and potential areas of improvements while estimating upgradation • Use adverbs or adjectives to required remove long phrases • In addition to expected goals, demonstrated application of the concept of dynamic similitude to • Add a title for clarity reduce turnaround time of sample manufacturing by 2/3rd while also enhancing consistency, efficiency, flexibility and repeatability© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 20
    20. 20. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB4. PolishPay attention to basic formatting details to improve readability and overall appearance UNDERSTAND LIST AND ARRANGE POLISH REVIEW PICK Lengthy Inadequate line Text not points spacing justified • Conceptualized and conducted the first ever Entrepreneurship • Conceptualized and conducted the first ever Entrepreneurship Summit in India having over 50 corporate speakers and over Summit in India. It was attended by over 1500 students and 1500 student participants had over 50 corporate speakers. Also laid the foundation for Eureka! , The International B-Plan Competition organized by E- • Founded Eureka!, The International B-Plan Competition Cell, to be opened for WP entries organized by E-Cell, to be opened for WP entries • Enabled the expansion of Ideaz.., a previously IIT Bombay • Successfully expanded Ideaz.., a previously IIT Bombay- centric event to a Pan IIT level.Conceptualized and initiated centric event to a Pan IIT level the development of a Global Entrepreneurship Network • Conceptualized and initiated a Global Entrepreneurship which currently includes 5 IIMs, 5 IITs, FMS Delhi, NITIE, NIT Network which currently includes 5 IIMs, 5 IITs, FMS Delhi, Trichy and BITS Pilani. NIT Trichy and BITS Pilani Poor bullet spacing No space after and Alignment punctuation mark Common Formatting Highlights • Appropriate punctuation • Spacing and margins of lines and bullets • Justify text • Bold/italics • Font sizes and types© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 23
    21. 21. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB4. Overall Look: 1-page ResumeRecruiters generally use printouts to shortlist; a resume should be readable, presentable at anarm’s length and should print well on A4 = • Proofread a printout • Overall look is as important as content • Font size should be sufficiently big • Minimize bold/italics • Have ample line spacing and indentation • Leave lots of white spaces for clarity and cleanliness© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 24
    22. 22. 5 Steps to Make a ResumeB5. ReviewGetting the resume reviewed is necessary to understand how an average reader reacts on reading it UNDERSTAND LIST AND ARRANGE POLISH REVIEW PICK Who should review your resume? • Seniors in firms that you would like to apply for • Friends capable of judging your resume well • Family members working in the corporate world • Someone unfamiliar with your background to review for clarity and effectiveness Getting the right feedback • ‘Feel’ of the resume: Post-review discussion to understand what personality and skills it reflects • Can it be shortened? Is it repetitive? • Does it draw attention to the desired points? The Bottom line • YOU have to be comfortable with what your resume says about you • Be true in the resume and be prepared with a few examples to validate your claims • Know your resume thoroughly; you should be able to speak at length about any point in it© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 26
    23. 23. Agenda • What is a Resume? • 5 Steps to Make a Resume • Sections of a Resume – 2-Page – 1-Page • Doubts and Queries • Sample Resumes • In a Nutshell© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 27
    24. 24. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-PageThe IIT Bombay 2-page resume format is flexible, top one fourth page is fixed Personal Positions of Information Responsibility Education Details Work Exp./ Internship Academic Projects Extra-Curricular Activities Naming, content and size of remaining sections at candidate’s discretion© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 28
    25. 25. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-Page (Contd.) Personal Information PERSONAL INFORMATION PURPOSE • Introduction CONTENT • Name • Department/Specialization REMARKS • Low impact section • Department/Specialization will be noticed • Cursory glance through the rest© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 29
    26. 26. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-Page (Contd.) Education Details EDUCATION DETAILS PURPOSE • Convey academic background CONTENT • CPI • School/College grades REMARKS • Medium impact section • CPI of maximum impact© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 30
    27. 27. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-Page (Contd.) Work Experience/ Internship WORK EXPERIENCE/ INTERNSHIP PURPOSE • Work experience in a professional environment • Show quality of project work CONTENT • Summer internships/ Practical training • Projects undertaken REMARKS • High impact section • Application of learned concepts in actual situations© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 31
    28. 28. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-Page (Contd.) Academic Projects ACADEMIC PROJECTS PURPOSE • Show academic project work CONTENT • Final year project • Seminars/Course projects REMARKS • Medium impact section • Application of learned concepts in research • Paper presentation/publication of maximum impact© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 32
    29. 29. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-Page (Contd.) Positions of Responsibility POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY PURPOSE • Convey leadership and ability to work in teams CONTENT • Positions in student bodies • Advisory positions held • Membership in various teams REMARKS • High impact section • Reflects responsibility and managerial skills • Also indicates communication and interpersonal skills© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 33
    30. 30. C1. Sections of a Resume: 2-Page (Contd.) EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PURPOSE • Show proficiency in various fields • Level of proficiency Extra-Curricular Activities CONTENT • Awards at national and inter-collegiate level • Inter-hostel achievements • Contribution to team events REMARKS • Moderate to high impact section (depending on what is chosen to be included) • Reflects well-rounded personality and dedication© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 34
    31. 31. C2. Sections of a Resume: 1-PageThe IIT Bombay 1-page resume format allows flexibility in 3/4th of a page Personal Information Education Details Work exp./ Internship MAJOR DIFFERENCES (VIS-À-VIS 2-PAGE FORMAT) Academic Projects SIZE • Lesser space allocated per section Positions of • Compulsory details lesser Responsibility CONTENT • Sentences more concise and pointed • Content less detailed REMARKS • Retain all information but cut down on space utilized Extra-curricular Activities • Leave lots of white spaces for cleanliness Naming, content and size of remaining sections at candidate’s discretion© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 35
    32. 32. C3. Sections of a Resume : For Post GraduatesA sample post graduate resume Personal Information Education Details Scholastic Achievements Skill Set Areas of Interest Key Academic Positions of Projects Responsibility Seminar/ Course Extra Curricular Projects Activities© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 36
    33. 33. Agenda • What is a Resume? • Sections of a Resume • 5 Steps to Make a Resume • Sample Resumes – Growth of a Resume – Common Mistakes – Comic Relief for the Interviewer • Doubts and Queries • In a Nutshell© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 37
    34. 34. D1. Growth of a ResumeAn illustration of concise and crisp content developed over various iterations Version 1.0 Version 4.0 Version 6.0© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 38
    35. 35. D1. Growth of a Resume (Contd.)About technical projects and seminars Do s Don’t s •Include the title, advisor’s name and project • Do not put your thesis abstract as it is to duration describe your project •Describe goals, brief approach and deliverables • Tone down: Not all your recruiters have •Focus on outcomes expertise in your area of work •Highlight publications if any© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 40
    36. 36. D1. Growth of a Resume (Contd.)How to portray additional learning : Minors, Honors & Additional Courses Additional Learning Degree Courses / Topics covered Projects / Other Initiatives undertaken for Minor / Honor For 2-page resume, Expand on projects Why mention Minors & Honors • Voluntarily chose to pursue courses over the prescribed syllabus for extra credit • Shows enthusiasm towards a subject and a basic understanding of the same • Valuable to recruiters looking for people driven by their interests, and with the ability to manage high workloads© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 42
    37. 37. D2. Common Mistakes What is it awarded for? NCFM is not a great achievement What is a Scholar Card? No output Highly technical Doesn’t reflect skills© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 43
    38. 38. D2. Common Mistakes (Contd.) Space wasted ? ? Content cramped ? ? Sub-bulleted content should have smaller font size Use bullets to separate points Fit single words in previous line© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 44
    39. 39. D3. Comic Relief for the InterviewerSome common word-benders. Don’t try it, you won’t get away with it! CG? Oh! Coordie! Another coordie in disguise A rare feat indeed!© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 45
    40. 40. D3. Comic Relief for the Interviewer (Contd.) ???? No comments Which instrument? Jai Hind! Height of narcissism!© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 46
    41. 41. Agenda • What is a Resume? • Sections of a Resume • 5 Steps to Make a Resume • Sample Resumes • Doubts and Queries – Common Misconceptions – FAQs • In a Nutshell© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 47
    42. 42. E1. Common MisconceptionsStay clear of common misconceptions and clarify with reliable sources WHAT YOU THOUGHT WHAT IS TRUE • Recruiters don’t know which • Most firms have IITB alumni who are activities on campus are really up-to-date with campus trends worthwhile • Recruiters know what to ask you to • Mediocre PT/project work can be figure it out exaggerated to make it impressive • NCFM is like being an • ‘NCFM Pass’ is a certification of deep ‘Organizer’, helps you learn but knowledge of finance! doesn’t help you get a job • I must mention all events I • Participation => Did not win; put only ‘participated’ in to show enthusiasm achievements© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 48
    43. 43. E2. FAQsIn this section we tackle certain questions that IITB students have been asking us in recent times Q. How do I justify a low CPI? • Grades are important, but are not everything. Prove that time was spent in other worthwhile activities which developed adequate intellectual and social skills Q. How technical should the language/ terminology be? • Avoid technical details as the recruiter might not be familiar with it, focus on time/ cost saved and other outputs • Avoid IITB-specific terms or events that the recruiter might not be familiar with Q. Which course projects should I include? ? ? • Those that reflect achievements or innovation more than expected ? ? • Those involving a major concept that you would like to discuss in the interview Q. Should I add major achievements at school level? • Important and major school achievements are just as relevant, as it shows continuity© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 49
    44. 44. E2. FAQs (Contd.) Q. How do I balance between exaggeration and understatement? • Get it reviewed by friends who are unaware of your background. Remember that you must be able to carry off the image that your resume portrays Q. Should I include activities to prove that I didn’t waste time? ? ? • Show maximum output, not activities. Focus on excellence, not just enthusiasm ? ? Q. How detailed should descriptions of projects/achievements be? • Enough to reflect skills and results, avoid unnecessary details that dilute focus Q. How do I know which skill/ achievement/ project can be removed? • Remove it and see how much difference it makes and if the skill reflected can be effectively brought out using some other item • Avoid repeating achievements in the same field (e.g. seminar and BTP in the same topic, coordinator and CG/ Manager in the same fest)© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 50
    45. 45. Agenda • What is a Resume? • Sections of a Resume • 5 Steps to Make a Resume • Doubts and Queries • Sample Resumes • In a Nutshell© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 51
    46. 46. F. In a Nutshell • Prioritize best achievements and skills • Keep the content concise and contextual • Keep the language fluid and easy • Refine continuously and regressively • Be consistent and true to yourself This resume is going to be the basis for not just this first job, but your entire career© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 52
    47. 47. Appendix: Action Verbs Communication Skills Management Skills Teaching Skills Research Skills Detail Skills Addressed Administered Adapted Clarified Approved Arbitrated Analyzed Advised Collected Arranged Arranged Assigned Clarified Critiqued Classified Authored Consolidated Coached Diagnosed Collected Co-authored Contracted Communicated Evaluated Compiled Collaborated Coordinated Conducted Examined Executed Corresponded Delegated Developed Extracted Generated Developed Developed Enabled Identified Implemented Directed Directed Encouraged Inspected Inspected Drafted Evaluated Evaluated Interpreted Monitored Enlisted Executed Explained Interviewed Operated Formulated Organized Facilitated Investigated Prepared Influenced Planned Guided Organized Processed Interpreted Prioritized Informed Reviewed Specified Lectured Produced Instructed Summarized Systematized Mediated Recommended Lectured Surveyed Validated Moderated Reorganized Stimulated Systemized Negotiated Reviewed Taught Persuaded Scheduled Trained Promoted Supervised Proposed Publicized Reconciled Recruited Spoke Translated Wrotehttp://web.mit.edu/career/www/guide/actionverbs.html© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 53
    48. 48. Appendix: Action Verbs Stronger Verbs for Helping Skills Creative Skills Technical Skills Financial Skills Accomplishments Accelerated Assessed Acted Assembled Administered Achieved Assisted Conceptualized Built Allocated Attained Clarified Created Calculated Analyzed Completed Coached Customized Computed Appraised Convinced Counseled Designed Designed Audited Discovered Demonstrated Developed Devised Balanced Doubled Diagnosed Directed Engineered Budgeted Effected Educated Established Fabricated Calculated Eliminated Facilitated Fashioned Maintained Computed Founded Familiarized Illustrated Operated Developed Improved Guided Instituted Pinpointed Managed Initiated Inspired Integrated Programmed Planned Innovated Motivated Performed Remodeled Projected Introduced Participated Planned Repaired Researched Invented Provided Proved Solved Launched Referred Revised Operated Originated Rehabilitated Revitalized Programmed Overcame Represented Set up Remodeled Pioneered Reinforced Shaped Reduced Supported Streamlined Resolved Taught Structured Revitalized Trained Spearheaded Verified Strengthened Transformed Upgradedhttp://web.mit.edu/career/www/guide/actionverbs.html© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 54
    49. 49. Helplines For any queries and clarifications, feel free to contact us at: Kovid Kapoor kovid.kapoor@operasolutions.com Pramod Balakrishnan pbalakrishnan@operasolutions.com© 2012 Opera Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. 55

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