Creating a resume can be an intimidating experience. It could either be a fresh resume or improving on a previous resume; it could also be that your career aspirations have changed or you’re a fresher with no experience or have achieved fresh success to add to your resume. Writing a good resume is always a challenge.
Generally, a freshers’ resume shouldn’t be more than one page length; while an experienced candidate’s resume might ideally be of two page length. So how to go about it? Resume writing involves initial pre-work. Before creating a template for a resume it is important to note down the important points which you want to present in your resume – ex professional experience, academics qualifications, industry achievements and rewards etc. Review it and then condense the list to the best points you want to showcase on your resume.
Now, you can start focusing on a template for the resume. You should ensure that it is simple, minimalist and easily showcases your content in an orderly format. The following sections should be present in your resume :
The opening line of the resume – it focuses on your career objectives. You need to be clear and concise about what you write here. Generally, people change their objective content to align and reflect better against the job they’re applying for. The most important aspect is to ensure that you write the keywords which match your resume with the job role you’re applying for in this section. It will help you pass the initial scrutiny of a resume and gain you a call for an interview.
This is easy – just list out all your academic achievements in this section like – your degree, college, electives, scores and any other academic achievements. It would also be prudent to mention any professional certification courses you might have completed in this section. Employers generally on the look out for additional to unique skills on top of the general academic requirements for the job.
Perhaps the most important section of your resume. This is the section which would be scrutinized the most by your employer. An employer would like to see what projects, roles and assignments you’ve worked on in the past. The experience you’ve gained, the actions and achievements you’ve accomplished while working in these assignments etc.
For non-experienced candidates, the best way to fill in this section would be to mention any internship or part time/summer job experience they might have had during their academic or off years.
Skills and hobbies have the potential to add that extra usp to your resume. So, it is important that you’re mindful about how you present your interests in this section. Generally, writing stuff like reading, good communication skills or good leadership qualities come across as bland and disinterested to most employers. So, it’s important to get creative about how you write about your skills and hobbies. A tip would be to add short notes of your experiences with your hobbies to make it look more interesting. Ex. – Sports – was part of local club team, Communicative skills – Had volunteered to teach underprivileged kids during summers etc.
Few other things to keep in mind while creating your resume are :
Name, location and contact details should be enough for most resumes. Date of birth, gender, marital status shouldn’t be too relevant unless applying for specialized jobs. Please ensure that you have a professional sounding email address and other personal details.
A cover letter should help you to convey your interest and dedication for getting the job. A well worded cover letter should help you make a good impression but at the same time a not so impressive cover letter might work against you. So, it’ll be better to keep it optional – if not required then better to forgo using a cover letter. You might want to use a cover letter especially if applying for a specialized job or changing your career path etc.
If you’re emailing your resume then you must ensure that you mention the job and the role description in the subject of your email. Keep the email content brief and to the point and if required you can mention briefly a couple of points regarding why you’re applying for the job.
We hope that this brief guide of resume writing helps you with your job application process. All the best!
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