Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Resume Writing Part I

Resume Writing Part I

Resume writing plays an important role in deciding the success of your career; be it job search, freelancing or to start a small business. It’s difficult to know where to start or what to include. It can seem like an insurmountable task. Your resume is what will get the ball rolling. You’ll stand a good chance of landing the position or the deal you want by creating a strong and substance resume.

Here are some points to be kept in mind while creating a resume.

Focus the resume on what the potential employer wants to hear. Should address the needs of the employer rather than being your autobiography. The employer should be thinking, "wow, this person has exactly what I am looking for" as they read your resume.

Keep it positive. Employers are seeking people who can contribute, have a positive attitude, are enthusiastic, and have successfully performed similar job skills in the past. Concentrate on communicating these issues and avoid any detracting information.

Make your resume easy to read. An employer will spend approximately 20 –30 seconds scanning each of the hundreds of resumes in front of them. An easy-to-read format enables them to read your whole resume rather than a small portion in those 20-30 seconds.

Select the best organizational format. Choose the format that is best for you. Use Chronological format for crisp and short resume. If you are looking forward for a career change or have extremely broad, related skill sets, a combination format may be best. The combination should be evenly balanced between skill set description, achievements and employment history.

Write a resume with substance & depth. Don't summarize, water-down, and oversimplify your job responsibilities and accomplishments. The result is that a potential employer thinks, "This person is lazy and doesn't do very much". Keep information relevant to the goal of attaining an interview. Eliminate information that is not related and will not have direct impact on winning an interview.

Mention 'Actions' rather than 'job duties'. What makes you stand apart from the rest? What solutions provided made things better, more efficient, or cost effective? What won honors for you. This sort of information will grab the attention of the employer and put your resume on top of the stack.

Do not use personal pronouns. Never include 'I', 'me', 'mine',' our'. Resumes are written in first person (silent), past tense. Fragment sentences are perfectly acceptable on resume as long as the meaning is conveyed.

Be bold but honest throughout your resume. An employer will interview only the 3-5 strongest candidates. Modesty will cause you to lose the interview.

Prioritize the information that the employer seeks. Simplify or omit information of minimal interest to the employer. The most significant accomplishments and jobs need to be at the beginning of the resume, not buried further down the page.

The content in the resume depends on the experience of the candidate.
Senior level: Not necessary to include a objective, as it may look silly. Include all the experiences in detail and so the number of pages can go unto 4.
Middle level: Job objective can be useful in this case, wherein you mention your need to grow to the next level. Keep it to 3 pages, unless you are Technical person, including all the projects that you handled.
Entry level: Stress your immediate career goal, addressing the benefit to the company when they hire you. Keep the pages to not more than 2.

Proofread your resume to eliminate spelling errors, grammatical errors, and formatting inconsistencies. Get the resume checked by a friend to make it error free. Because after you have worked with a document for several hours, you simply no longer see your mistakes.

Be Prepared to face the interview. Remember, resumes do not get jobs, people get jobs. Resumes get interviews. Make sure that you are prepared for the telephone call when it arrives, as nowadays the first round of interview is conducted via telephone rather in person. Make sure that you have a resume that will keep the phone ringing.

The above 12 points will help you to create a resume that help you land up in a interview. These days job search is much more complex. Competition for employment has never been greater. The entire process is often drawn-out and very hard. Resumes are a prerequisite for a job search.

Recruiters, company hiring managers and human resources professionals are all components in your job search, and it is the resume's job to land interviews.

No one knows your background and experience better than you. Most people can get the basics of what they did and when they did it down on paper in a sensible fashion. What most people who write their own resumes, have difficulty with is, making that sell to the reader. The above tips help you make your resume sell.

Will be back soon with more easier steps and samples of resumes for various industries and levels.


At 6:26 PM, Blogger Aneetaa said...

Way to start Madam!
Keep going!

At 9:39 AM, Blogger cruxwork said...

Coool...very informative and clear. Waiting for Part II and more such articles


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