What is a Resume?
A resume is the first communication between you and your employer.it is having the same priority as talent and eligibility.organizations respond either positively or negatively by verifying the resume. and you know the organization will find out your interest in the job and your attitude by reading your resume? so don’t think resume writing is an easy thing. The way you presented your resume and your resume content explains your vision.
Resume is a chance for you to explain your educational qualifications and your work experience, before you meet your employer your resume meets your employer.its your chance to explain the employer/organization/recruiter about you and your skills.to say in other words you are marketing about your self, you are trying to explain why you are best than others and why your employer should consider you for hiring.resume plays a key role in your work life. but most of us wont pay much interest in resume preparation either by thinking it is not impotent or we don’t know its value and we just download others resume and edit it in the last minute and forward it to the organization .some people don’t pay much attention because they feel it is a known task and they treat it like filling text into a text editor. if you are one of them then you already know how many times your resume not considered by organizations.we are not the only candidate who forward resume for a job opportunity in today’s competitive world organizations receive thousands of resumes for a job opportunity.it is not a easy task for organizations to filter resumes to find out suitable candidates.
Surveys says Recruiters will spend 20 seconds to read a resume in screening stage
If your resume is following standards, the covering letter/resume is presented attractively then chances of considering your resume are high.
Do Resumes Have Different Types?
Yes, Resumes are classified as four different types, they are
- Chronological Resume
- Functional Resume
- Combinational Resume
- Targeted Resume
What is Chronological Resume – resume guide
This resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent work details listed first. your jobs are listed in reverse order by most recent job listed on top. Employers prefer this format because it is easy to read and to know about you.
What is Functional Resume – resume guide
This resume mainly focuses on skills and experience.it is used by people who are changing career or have gaps in employment history.
What is Combinational Resume – resume guide
This resume lists skills first and employment details next. this kind of resume helps us to highlight the skills and employment details of one kind followed by other skills& employment details.
Targeted Resume – resume guide
This resume will take much time to write than other resume types.because in this we especially highlight the skills and experience details that relevant to the present job opportunity.
What to include in a Resume?
A resume is your personal advertisement, so design it attractively, shortly with all required details.use ‘sweet and short’ method, in other words, kiss [keep it simple stupid] method.there are certain things you need to include in your resume and remember your employer does not need your full biography. by keeping this in your mind fill your resume.the following are common details to be filled in any resume.they are
Your personal information:
- date of birth
- marital status
- known languages
- phone number
Your Educational Information:
- Name of institutions you studied
- starting/ending years of each course
- marks/grades/percentages of courses
If you are applying for a job then list out experience, names of organizations, your role etc details
If you are applying for a course then list out your interest/knowledge in that course, your previous educational details, your experience.
Try to impress your employer
- Your resume/covering letter should attract the employer. but don’t use unprofessional templates or colours.
- resume cover should have a light plain colour and official look.
- check spellings, use quality paper.
- don’t send resume with spelling mistakes, handwritten and spellings corrected by using whitening fluids.
- use sufficient margin space.
- try to send printout copy than xerox copy.
- use bold letters, capital letters and italics underlines.
- Try to use fancy font types.
- don’t leave gaps in the resume.
If you completed a course in the year 2000 and joined another course in the year 2003, try to explain what you did in that gap from 2000 to 2003.
Remember These Tips
- Present information in lines, so that employer can read it easily.
- try to use a fixed/same font in resume. common font types are Arial, Times New Roman and Courier new.
- Font size 11 or 12 will make a resume to look perfect.
- Headings should have bigger size than body text.
- Don’t use flashy colours in resume.
- backgrounds, clip arts or photos are generally not needed in a resume.
Place this as important information in your resume. Try to write your career objective in 1 to 2 lines.it should explain why you are applying for the job.
Include your phone number, email, professional website at resume top position where it should be easily readable. if your social networking details or your blog[s] are professional then only include them in resume.
Your academic qualifications, professional work experience should be listed very clearly. your schooling, college courses and technical degree programs, certifications and awards/information should be listed here along with computer knowledge, experience and languages known, skills information.
It would be better if you provide at least 3 personal references.
Try to avoid these words
Some common words will be used in resumes.those are
- Extensive Experience
- Track Record
- Communication Skills
Surveys say these words will not help to bring a positive impression on candidate.instead the employer may assume candidate using these words when he is unable to provide clear information.
And the sentences like ‘I want to be’,’My goal is’, ‘in the future I want to be’ will explain about our present mindset.these sentences means the candidate is not doing justice to the present job, try to avoid them if possible.
- If you possess skills but not have previous experience, then try to explain your confidence to achieve the goal instead of experience try to explain about ability. Recruiters should think, in future, you will be an asset for organization.then your chances of getting a job are high.
- try to explain your skills are sufficient and you are eligible for the job. If you provide the cultural/social events you participated [or] sports participation details or volunteer work details you can help the recruiters know that you can easily work in a group and you can learn/adapt to new things quickly.
- Remember, The way you presented the information is important than the resume.
- Recruiters will get only 20 seconds to read your resume in initial filtering.
- Try to use resume builders/read websites for resume writing tips.
- try to avoid colours.
- Double check Name, Phone number and Email details for mistakes.
- Your positive attitude should reflect in your resume.