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What goes into a resume?

A resume is a summary of a person's objectives, education, professional experience, training and achievements. Resumes are also taken as indicators of a person's communication and presentation skills. Resumes that are concise and to the point are more attractive than those that stretch to a number of pages with unwanted details.
The first step is to refine your own thought processes regarding the area in which you want to specialize
. Increase your awareness of your interests, strengths and weaknesses and determine the area that you would be best suited for (given your education and experience). Knowledge of an area need not translate to interest in it. Identify the area that you find most interesting before you start your job search.

A Resume should contain:

  • Your name, postal address, email address, and phone number(s) where you can be reached.
  • Summary of your educational qualifications
  • Summary of additional qualifications (Software skills, certifications from recognised bodies etc.)
  • A summary of each project with details of software ,hardware, OS and precise role played in each project.
  • Professional training
  • Special accomplishments


  • An objective statement that clearly describes the type of position you hope to obtain - avoid this if you can not be precise.
  • Membership of Professional bodies.
  • List of Publications.
  • A statement offering references details of project work etc. on request.

Of the above, candidates should use their discretion in choosing the data to be included. The exact mix is person-dependant and is the factor that sets one apart from the other.

Mistakes to watch out for:

  • Spelling mistakes
  • Punctuation mistakes
  • Grammatical mistakes


  • Be honest in describing your experience, interests and career plans.
  • A resume packed with too much information would risk losing the readers attention.
  • The choice of fonts and formatting can enhance readability - overuse of Bold or Italics or Underline options could distract the reader.

Remember the difference between proficiency in language/ platform/ package and exposure in those areas. While you may have the knowledge, employers look for hands on experience in the area.

Describe the role that YOU played in a project. Employers have only marginal interest in the projects done by your current/former employers. YOUR experience is what they are interested in.

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