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Resume Preparation-Guidelines

Resume is a tool which speaks for you in your absence. It portrays you as a professional and as an individual.

First impression is the best impression; resume is your first entry into the organisation and is a platform which should highlight every achievement and relevant strength of yours.

Writing an effective and creative resume that gets results can be a daunting task.  But if a few of the simple things are taken care of, your chances of being shortlisted for the interview enhance significantly.

As a prelude to a fruitful interview you should prepare a meaningful resume. Here are some valuable tips which will make it stand out amongst the many others. Resume has to have an optical appeal, it should be presented in a structured format and properly present the contents.

 
Optical Appeal
  • The paper should be A4 size.
  • The printout should be in font 11 (Arial or Times New Roman or similar font)
  • Printout should be taken on a Laser Printer.
  • The overall optical appeal should be presentable.
 
Format
  • Resume should generally not exceed two pages. For Software professionals it may exceed the limit to highlight team size, duration of project and assignment contents.
  • Please note this is only an introduction to ensure an interview call and not your biography.
  • Avoid making tables in your resume as far as possible. Either write it in sentences or columns without a border.
  • Name must be the opening word of your resume. If the employer has to waste efforts to locate it, you have irritated him.
  • For experienced professionals; resume should highlight work experience followed by educational qualifications; simply because the company will be interested in your work experience as compared to your educational qualifications.
  • For freshers; resume should focus on the educational qualifications, and highlights therein, followed by summer training and academic projects.
  • Mention your academic and professional achievements separately towards the end.
 
Contents
 
Personal Details just below your Name:
  • Specify date of birth and not age as on date.
  • State temporary address followed by permanent address.
  • To facilitate speedy connectivity write Mobile no, telephone numbers with STD codes and E mail id.
  • List languages known; they play an important role in the selection process, if you know regional language of the Job location.
  • Avoid writing family details.
 
Educational Qualifications:
  • Bifurcate the qualifications into Educational and Professional along with specialisations.
  • Specify name of the degree, name of the university; year of passing for every qualification.
  • Marks obtained should be written if only particularly good.
 
Work Experience:
  • Should start with the present job, followed by others in reverse chronological order.
  • Name of the organisation, its location, designations held, month and year of joining and leaving must be specified for each employment.
  • Job profile or responsibilities handled play a key role in the selection process. List responsibilities point wise for quick comprehension.
  • You don’t need to go into detail about every accomplishment. Strive to be clear and concise.
  • Few sentences about the company profile and its product may be included.
 
Compensation:
Always mention your compensation on top of your resume to save time & effort.
Consultant/employer should shortlist your CV only if your compensation falls in there salary range.

You may add expected salary/salary is not a constraint if you are willing to join at the same salary.

 
Important Tips
The language should be simple, the flow of language lucid and grammar absolutely correct. The format must be chosen carefully and consistency should be maintained through out. Use a font size no smaller than 10 point & no larger than 12 point.

To improve the presentation and comprehension, use bulleted sentences. Resumes are read quickly (a resume gets an attention of 30 sec. on an average) this bulleted sentence format makes it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it.

To add life to your resume use, begin with action words like prepared, developed, monitored and presented.

Take the time to determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put those strong points first where they are more apt to be read.

Accent the positive and leave of negatives and irrelevant points. Lead with your strengths. Focus on the duties that support your objective.

Rather than going into depth in one area, use your resume to highlight your breadth of knowledge.

If you have reported to someone important such as a vice president or department manager, say so in your resume. Having reported to someone important causes the reader to infer that you are important.

Limit the length of your resume to 1-2 pages. Help the reader to scan your resume efficiently and effectively.

Use your resume to obtain an interview, not a job. Most prospective employers decide whether or not they want to interview you after reading the first few lines.

All the best………