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Resume Writing Presentation


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Presented by Vidhan Rana at Thames College on March 27, 2012. The presentation contains some relevant tips on how to write a resume, especially for BBA students in Nepal.

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Resume Writing Presentation

  1. 1.  Employer Speak: what  Applicant Speak: what they say and what they they say and what they mean by it mean by it • Entry level position: • I seek a job that will draw Youll be making minimum upon my strong wage. communication & • Must be deadline oriented: organizational skills: Youll be six months behind I talk too much and like to schedule on your first day. tell other people what to do. • Problem solving skills a • I take pride in my work: must: I blame others for my Youre walking into a mistakes. company in perpetual • I have formal training: chaos. Im a college dropout.
  2. 2.  Networking  Nepotism • Through professional • Through family and channels friends • Based on knowledge, • Based on family links, skills and experience influence and wealth • Long term benefit • Short term benefit • Always grows • Limited growth Join Clubs: Rotary, Toastmasters, Student organizations, etc. Attend Events: Professional networking events, E4N, NBTI, etc. Talk to your seniors or your teachers LinkedIn
  3. 3. Structure it to improve yourchances to get called for an Interview Presented by: Vidhan RanaBiruwa Ventures, Pvt. Ltd.
  4. 4. What is it?What does it say? Who reads it? Basic TipsResume for BBAs
  5. 5.  Itis an evolving description of your experiences – documents and describes your skills and expertise • Outlines accomplishments, communicates your qualifications for employment Record of your Name and Contact info Tailor it for specific audience
  6. 6.  Academicachievements, student activities, and employment General skills you should communicate: • Learn quickly • Lead a team • Adapt to new • Follow instructions environment • Use time efficiently • Research, analyze, and • Deal with ambiguity solve problems • Make decision • Initiate and develop new • Communicate program effectively • Work collaboratively • Meet Deadlines
  7. 7.  Someone Gleaning • Scans your resume for academic degrees; job titles; special experiences or skills; Someone Reading • Learns valuable information about your achievements and gain an impression of your competencies and personal qualities
  8. 8.  You can’t write your resume in one sitting Start with a outline of your comprehensive outline of experiences Experiment with format and styles Understand what the employer is seeking Seek advice on drafts (friends, neighbors, teachers, coursins)
  9. 9.  Formatted Chronologically • Can structure differently – most relevant experience first once you have more experience I am a BBA Graduate Demonstrate skills and experience Give me a job Be sure to think beyond paid work experience • Clubs, teams, independent research, etc.
  10. 10. Career or Job Objective Name & Contact Information Education & Honors Work Experience Extra Curricular Activities Language & Computer SkillsInterest / Personal Background Reference
  11. 11.  It is better to include in a cover letter Use it to tailor it to each job application • Highlight relevant experience or information from your resume Write something meaningful • “Seeking a full-time position in a reputed bank”
  12. 12.  Be sure the information is accurate Make it professional • Email “” “” List your temporary address
  13. 13.  Where did you go to school, degree, graduation date • Spell it out “Tribhuvan University” not “TU” List your GPA if it is high, 3.0 or above • Highlight other proficiencies if you have low GPA Research paper, thesis project Special Honors – Dean’s / Merit List, SLC Distinction, etc.
  14. 14.  Usually the largest section • Include both paid and unpaid List job title and organization prominently • Vice President – Shanti School Project  Raised $10,000 by coordinating with volunteers in six different states in the United States to build a primary school in a village in Nepal Don’tjust say “Intern” – what specific role did you have? e.g. “Marketing Intern” Multiple positions? Include the most recent
  15. 15.  Make a list of all your past experiences • Include any volunteer, club, team activities, etc. • Even any unpaid position if you have gaps in your resume Consider what you did • What skills did you use, write specific instances of where you demonstrated those skills
  16. 16.  Learn about the Industry/Function your are seeking • Banking sector? Handling cash, controls, etc. • Tourism? Customer relationship, interpersonal skills, etc. Review the position description properly • What skills are needed for the job?
  17. 17.  Action, Context, Result, & Quantify • Action: e.g. “Raised funds” • Context: e.g. “Raised funds to establish an old age home • Result: e.g. “Raised funds to establish an old age home to provide proper health care for the elderly” • Quantify: e.g. “Raised Rs. 2.5 lakh to establish an old age home to provide proper health care for 25 elderly”
  18. 18.  Highlight what you have done Highlight what you can do Past tense for past positions, present tense for current positionsaccomplished financed managed researched bought handled negotiated settled calculated identified obtained streamlined controlled introduced presented trained earned led promoted won
  19. 19.  Articles & Period • Be concise, eliminate unnecessary articles “Analyzed the quantitative and the qualitative survey results of the Nepali banking sector, and produced a report” Becomes “Analyzed quantitative and qualitative survey results of the Nepali banking sector to produce a report”
  20. 20.  Personal pronouns • DON’T sound egotistical “I did this, I did that, …” “I am currently the debate team captain of my college and won two competitions” Becomes “Competed and won two debate competition leading the college team as a captain”
  21. 21.  Any clubs or social service? • These activities showcase your interests to potential employers Always explain the organization • CWIN, a non-governmental organization that advocates for child rights Don’t make this section longer than your work experience
  22. 22.  Say how proficient you are in a given language • Conversational in Japanese, Proficient in Korean Listsoftware programs, describe proficiency
  23. 23.  Helps establish an initial bond • “Play Guitar” “Hiking and mountaineering” “School Chess Champion” Write something that makes you different • “Born and raised in a remote village in Dolpa before I moved to Kathmandu for further education”
  24. 24.  Only include when asked, not necessary on a resume Include someone who you know professionally (no friends or relatives) Include full contact information and state briefly how you know the person
  25. 25. Be HonestDon’t be too GeneralLanguage and Layout Formatting Tips Resume Etiquette
  26. 26.  Promote yourself, but do not lie Makesure everything you write is accurate Have a LinkedIn profile? Clean up your Facebook
  27. 27.  Avoid job descriptions • Communicate the characteristics and attributes that made you a great employee in the past, will make you a great future employee Provide a complete set of skills • Leadership/Teamwork; Quantitative Analysis; Communication/Persuasion; Innovation/Creativity
  28. 28.  Make sentences short, not more than 2 lines Avoid bullets that are more than 3 lines Up to 4 bullets per experience • Make an introduction to the experience, expand on it during the interview!
  29. 29.  Use consistent fonts, bullets and indentation Don’t use fancy fonts, colored background, design, etc. • Readable font size (10-14) • Avoid using italics or underlines Make it neat and attractive – not crowded
  30. 30.  Paper Choice • Select good quality paper, avoid colors or patterns Carry at least 3 copies of resume to an interview Emailing: Always attach, Use PDF • Name attachments properly: “PKarkiRusume.pdf” not “Resume (draft).pdf”