RESUME WRITING TIPS


One of the most important factors for landing a job is your Resume. It is often the first impression that a potential employer has of you. In fact, it is estimated that 80% - 90% of the candidate’s profiles are rejected at the application stage. Therefore your resume must capture the employer’s attention. You should have a very structured CV, prioritise & focus on things you want to talk about, areas you want to highlight, your USP’s.

Present your CV in the format which focuses on your areas of strength so that you initiate discussions on your thrust area. These details will enable you to prioritize your work experience and achievements in order to make your resume crisp while providing relevant information to the potential employer. Keep it brief and concise. Highlight any goals which you achieved ahead of time or any special cost-cutting measures spearheaded by your department.

Starting on your Resume

  • Make a list of your experience along with the responsibilities handled and achievements if any.
  • Identify your areas of strength. This may vary from individual to individual. Some might focus on organisations in their profile, some on achievements, others on education and somebody else on the profile handled.
  • List out the training, projects, special skills or any other information.
  • Collect all other relevant data like educational background, address etc.

Identifying the Focus

  • Prioritize & focus on things you want to talk about, areas you want to highlight, your USP’s.
  • The format which focuses on your areas of strength can help you initiate discussions on your thrust areas. This can help you start an Interview feeling really positive and confident.

The Format

For Senior & Middle Management Professional


Summary / Synopsis

  1. Prepare a synopsis / summary of your experience in bullets.
  2. Mention couple of your professional achievements in the summary.
  3. Try to sum up your profile handled overall.
  4. Clarify locational expertise, if any.
  5. Highlight any value addition in skills or qualification etc.

Professional Experience

  1. Mention the current organisation first and continue in reverse order.
  2. Mention the current designation, period, location of posting and reporting hierarchy.
  3. Highlight the current job responsibilities and additional responsibility if any separately. Do not mix the main responsibility with the additional.
  4. Jot down all relevant achievements in the current profile. Be specific. 
  5. Continue the same pattern for all other professional experience.

Educational Qualifications

  1. Mention the last qualification, university, with the year of passing and marks obtained.
  2. Go maximum till the !0th standard level.
  3. Mention separately any outstanding educational excellence.
  4. Mention separately any additional qualification.

Personal Details

  1. Mention your Fathers Name & permanent address.
  2. Date of Birth & Marriage status.
  3. Contact details with mail ID.
  4. Professional Reference if specifically asked for (Otherwise be ready with 2 Professional References at the time of Interview.)

For Fresher

  • Have an objective / aim at the start.
  • Pay special attention to the Format. If your strength is your educational qualification have it first or have your Summer Training or your Part time assignment first if that is your USP. Focus clearly on your strength.
  • Present your Training Assignment in such a way that it stands out and gives the Interviewer scope to question you.
  • Write relevant points in your CV.
  • Be thorough in what you write.
  • Mention your strength if any and be ready to defend it.
  • Be precise in Personal details. Some Do’s
  • Answer your phone professionally and be ready to jot down any relevant information.
  • Check your resume for proper grammar & correct spelling.
  • Connect your skills to your job history
  • Include industry keywords in your CV.
  • Keep references ready but provide only if asked for.

Some Don’t

  • Do not use long-winded sentences and old-fashioned language.
  • Eliminate unnecessary resume details.
  • Do not fabricate.

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