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Tips for preparing your Resume

 Having an effective resume can greatly improve your chances of getting your dream job, as we know resume is the first impression a company has of you.  Before you submit your resume make sure that your resume is top notch so that you will have no trouble getting position in a good organization.

What is the need of resume? 

The purpose of your resume is to share with the recruiter your qualification, skills, experience and areas of expertise in your own words.

There are a lot of websites with many tips, but most bring just a handful of them. I am just briefing them all here for your convenience in preparing your resume.

Here are those tips to be followed while writing your resume:

 

  • Organize your resume

By organizing your resume mean ‘Keep the most important information first’. Usually your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so keep it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.

  • Avoid attaching picture to your resume

 Unless you are applying for a job that gives importance for physical traits, you should avoid attaching photo to your resume.

 

  • Tailor your resume and cover letter for each employer.

Creating a standard single resume and sending it to all type of job openings will not help.  You have to tailor your resume for each employer.

  • Avoid specifying age

It is illegal to discriminate people because of their age, but some employers do these considerations nonetheless. So do not include your age on your resume, unless specifically requested.

  • Avoid negativity

Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and to interviews. You don’t need to include, those things that you hated about your last company or about your last employer.

  • Proofread your resume as many times as necessary

As the author of the resume, sometimes we are a bit too close to our work to find all the errors. So share your resume with someone you trust to proofread.

  • To be concise

Resume should contain one or two pages at maximum. The shorter your resume, the better it is.

  • Be honest while writing your resume

Don’t lie regarding the data you put in your resume. Even small lies should be avoided.

  • Specify your achievements rather than responsibilities.

Try to specify your achievements rather than listing the responsibilities, as it may sound boring.

  • Grab attention by including effective titles

Reviewers make judgment regarding your resume in few seconds.  So it is important to list appropriate titles (regarding the job you apply for) in the resume to grab their attention.

  • Try using right keywords.

Check the job description for a clue on what the employer might be looking for.

  • Provide with bullets

Reviewer will not have the time to read long paragraphs of text. Therefore use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational qualification and objectives.

What has to be in a resume?

Objective: Tells the employer exactly what kind of employment opportunity you look for.

Summary statement: Tells the employer about your skills and attributes you possess.

Work Experience: Tells the employer about your current job, year of experience, designation

Educational Qualification: includes academic institutions attended, month and year of graduation, degree awarded and Percentage.

Projects Undertaken:  give a brief overview about projects you handled during your academic life.

Achievements: State the employer regarding the various achievements you have accomplished.

Declaration: Statement saying what you have specified in your resume is true to the best of your knowledge.

 

Four steps to be noted while sending your resume through email:

Step1:

Begin with the proper type of greeting when you email your resume. Find out the name of the person to whom you are sending your resume. Address the person using the proper salutation and last name only. Use Ms. to address a woman and Mr. to address a man unless the recipient has another title such as Dr. If you are unable to ascertain the name of the proper recipient, then write a general but format salutation such as “Dear Sir / Madam:”.

Step2:

Make sure you proofread your resume by someone before you send your email. You proofread your resume to inspect spelling and grammar, alignment, text formatting for consistency, scan your punctuation, check for same font and size and double check your verb tenses.

Step 3:

Provide the subject line with an appropriate subject so that it explain to the reader who you are and what job you are applying for.

Step 4:

Double check that you have attached your document before you click the submit button.

References / sources:

[1] http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumetips/a/resume-tips-for-students.htm

[2] http://www.goprecise.com/careers/RecruitersCorner/Pages/RCArchive4.aspx

[3]https://www.isenberg.umass.edu/career/uploads/textwidget/1110.00051/documents/resume_guide_updated_aug_09.pdf

[4]http://www.dailywritingtips.com/resume-writing-tips/

[5] http://work.chron.com/greet-someone-email-resume-6209.html