The very first lesson i want to share is
Writing a professional resume
A person who is highly educated and talented but do not present himself well could not score as much as he or she worth just the same case with the CV its presentation, format style matters a lot to give a kool picture of the candidate so lets improve our skill of making our CV an attractive one ! hows that ?? So we know that Writing your resume is an essential aspect of applying for a job, as it requires a lot of effort and planning on your behalf. A badly worded and poorly presented resume can put off a potential employer totally!
We intend to provide some broad guidelines to help you write a resume that could work for you. Work for you to achieve what it is meant to i.e. to get you an interview call for a job.
At the outset, it is necessary to clarify that you could use the term "resume" or "curriculum vitae" (CV), even though technically a CV is primarily meant for job positions within the academic environment and is supposed to be a lengthy document. The difference is not strictly followed and it is safe to use these two terms interchangeably, but remember that whatever word you use, be sure that you know how to pronounce it accurately!
Objective: Interested in an entry level position in marketing in a multi-national corporation.
The 'multi-national corporation' phrase makes your objective generic regarding company choice. It would be advisable to modify each resume to suit specific companies that you apply to. Then the job objective would read like this:
Objective: Interested in an entry level position in marketing.
Provide a summary of your experience and skills
The next section that your resume should contain is a 5-6 point summary of your skills and experience. That includes:
* No. of years of past and relevant work experience
* a brief description of the work done
* specific skills acquired
* significant achievements
* educational qualifications.
This section is very useful, in providing a snapshot view of what your resume contains for situations where yours is one resume in a pile of fifty others. It allows minimal information loss in case the resume is quickly skimmed over and not given a detailed reading. In this section, the skills that you present should help in answering the question -"How can you contribute to the organization?"
In case of IT/Software professionals, the skill set could be added to the summary. But be sure, that all the skills mentioned are truly areas you have worked in or are comfortable working in.
You could present the work experience in reverse chronological order
Start with the most recent work experience at the beginning of this section and the rest later on. That is the organization where you are currently working first and the earlier ones worked in, later in the resume. This should highlight your relevant work experience at the outset.
Within an organization, present your career path in the correct chronological order
While you may present the organizations you have worked in, in reverse chronological order, for a particular organization it is easier to follow your career path if the positions are given in the way they happened e.g. " joined ABC co. as management trainee in 1989 and was promoted to assistant manager (finance) in 1991.....". You could then go on to elaborate your responsibilities and achievements at this position. Remember to highlight the more important designations with their accomplishments, as this will be more relevant than just focusing on your training period.
If worked in many organizations, merge information to reduce chronological details
To avoid presenting a long, chronological detail of each organization worked in, try and merge information on similar positions/responsibilities across organizations into one category. This will be easier to read and will also avoid presenting a negative image of you being a job-hopper.
Such achievements which are not directly related to your work experience can be put under the heading "Other information".
There is no need to go as far back as schooling, unless you are a fresh graduate with no work experience. Remember, the resume is just 2 pages and you need to give better reasons for being recruited than the school you studied in!
If you have acquired a degree in some other country, mention a degree that it is equivalent to which is internationally recognized, to put it in the right perspective for the reader.
Avoid tables while presenting details of educational qualifications because they occupy more space and interfere with the smooth flow of sentences and points.
Provide information on training if it is at least 3 months or more. Short term one week courses do not really look good on your resume unless you do not have enough to say in 2 pages!
Even if you are not a software/IT professional, today computer literacy is assumed for most positions. So don't list competencies in MS-Word and such like but do include any significant packages you may have learnt, helped develop or are in the process of learning.
For a candidate applying for an entry level position in an organization, the educational qualifications will be more important as there is no significant work experience other than training. This section could therefore, come before work experience, in your resume.
The reason for this is that at the outset you do not know how long your resume will be with a company before you get an interview call. By then the persons you mentioned as references may have moved or their contact numbers could have changed.
Also you can tailor your list of references based on the company you are applying to. So there is no need to provide the same information to all the places you send your resume to.
It is also a good idea to inform your references that you have given their names before they receive a call out of the blue. This way when the employers who have included you in the short-list for recruitment, contact your references to check you out, there are no hitches or surprises.
Try and follow these guidelines and you will be surprised at the improvements you can make to your resume!
Remember the resume format is flexible depending on the specifics of your background and experience.