for preparing your resume
DO I START MY RESUME?
is desirable if you start your resume with a statement of career
objective. It should be relevant to the organisation and the
job you are applying for. It should state clearly the type of
work you desire to do and the specific strengths that make you
qualify for the job and add value to the organisation.
Example: To be a part of the business team of a professional
organisation. To add value to the organisation and myself by contributing
with inputs from the functional area of human resources.
MY RESUMES ARE VERY LENGTHY. PLEASE HELP.
wants to read long resumes, especially an employer who has very
little quality time to spare. Try to be concise and to the point.
it is preferable to use phrases instead of full sentences
may present only relevant information in your resume.
is desirable to use correct words that accurately communicate
what you intend to say.
CAN YOU SUGGEST TECHNIQUES TO MAKE THE RESUME STYLE EFFECTIVE
your results and experience
using generic terms to describe your work experience. Quantify
your experience and results, using concrete figures. This would
draw the employer's attention on what you have actually achieved.
of, " Conducted training programs on teamwork. ….."You may say,
" Responsible for training workmen on cross functional teamwork
which in turn increased employee productivity by 12%".
style of presentation can help make your resume look good or bad.
Never neglect the overall appearance of the resume. Focus on the
basics like legibility, accuracy and completeness of information
provided. The resume must reflect a professional touch.
resume must convey a positive, can-do attitude.
the right attitude is sometimes as important as knowledge or skills.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON MISTAKES A CANDIDATE SHOULD LOOK FOR DURING
words or words that are too technical or bombastic.
(check for spelling, punctuation and typographical errors
mentioning family particulars in your resume, as they are
irrelevant to your employer/Organisation.
mentioning your salary expectations as you might over reach
or undersell yourself out of a job.
is advisable if you proofread your resume more than once.
HOW DO I DECIDE WHEN TO CHANGE THE RESUME STYLE?
type of organisation - if you are applying to a creative organisation
(say, an advertising firm) then it would be preferred if your
resume format reflects creativity and novelty. On the other hand,
if you are applying to a conservative organisation (say, a production
firm) then the format of your resume may be formal and conservative.
size of the organisation - if you are applying to an organisation
smaller in size then your skills in handling multiple functions
maybe of more interest, where as in a larger company, greater
in-depth knowledge in one specific area might be more desirable
work experience of the candidate - if you are a student seeking
a job, with very little prior work experience, then it is desirable
if you emphasize more on education and internships in your resume.
You may also mention the various positions of responsibilities
if any, Awards won and other individual accomplishments. On the
other hand, if you are an applicant with prior work experience
then emphasize on specific accomplishments in the job and not
just speak in terms of experience.
IS A COVERING LETTER NECESSARY FOR MY RESUME?
purpose of the covering letter is to help you introduce yourself
(a brief summary of your profile) . At one glance the employer
can decide if you are a potential candidate. And it also leads
the employer to look into your resume for additional information.
A good covering letter can add value to your resume.
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