The resume you hand over to the recruiter gives him an opportunity to have an insight into your skills, strengths, and your whole professional personality. It reflects your own assessment about yourself, and also divulges the opinion you want the others to have about you. In short, your resume holds in a miniature your true self as a professional.
What adds to the importance of the resume in today's context is that your resume speaks for you, and the impression your resume makes is first and last, and a decisive one too; especially in situations where the recruiter has to first short-list the candidates on the merits of the resumes. Getting short-listed is winning the first battle, and an efficiently written and a well-presented resume is the foundation of this victory.Outlined below are some proven and pragmatic tips, which will enable you to ward off the dread of rebuff at the very outset of your job hunt:
The Length of the Resume
The sole objective of the resume is to highlight a candidate's efficiency as a professional in a nutshell, thereby squandering the minimum possible time of the recruiter. Since a job aspirant has to take into account both the needs- mentioning every detail vindicating his suitability as well as averting the risk of a fed-up reader, so an ideal resume is a trade-off between the two necessities. Normally, an ideal resume should be two-page long. Having said this, it doesn't imply that you don't need to pay any heed to the contents of the resume. Since you need to accommodate all your qualifications within a two-page document, you must make sure that you prioritize more important details and skip the less important ones.
How to decide on the Contents
Depending on your experience and the nature of the job you are applying for, you need to decide on the contents of your resume.
For a fresher, mentioning minute details like schooling can also be imperative, since the recruiter may look to assess you on the basis of your past performances. Besides, you won't be having too many things to talk about, like experience or projects undertaken.
Whereas as an experienced candidate, the details like schooling or other academic record become irrelevant to the reader and you have to make the best use of a two-pages space; evidently you'll prefer to be confined to more relevant details.
Also, you should try and draft your resume in such a way that it doesn't merely appear to be a formal documentation of your professional details; it should instead delineate you as a proactive campaigner. Remember, your resume speaks on your behest, so it must be impressive and eloquent.
Specifying the Job Objective
As mentioned earlier, your resume must be eloquent and proactive. To ensure that it is so, the very first requisite is to clearly specify your job objective at the very outset. This tells the recruiter straightaway that you are not one of those pendulums, who would sway to any side; go for any job. It reveals that you possess an expertise in the domain you are applying for. In addition to this, you should also add to it how you have proved yourself in that particular realm or how your services can benefit the organization.
Mentioning Skill set and Experience Details
Though a very important section, you should avoid dwelling too much on the details. The details should be furnished briefly but with utmost care. It should include your experience in years, a snapshot of your responsibilities at various companies, your achievements, and all that augmented to your skill set while working in particular organization(s). A better idea is to reveal that you have grown as a professional with the passage of years, and that you possess the much-valued knack of learning at your own.
Also, your achievements should be enumerated keeping in mind that they seem relevant to the needs of the organization, whose door you are knocking at. In addition to this, while mentioning your experience, be brief about the responsibilities you had, and dwell more on the achievements.
How to Present Educational Qualifications ?
Again, a matter to be dealt with considerable scheming. The very first thing to be kept in mind is to exclude all those educational qualifications and their details, which are irrelevant to a particular job.
For an instance, you might have scored pretty good marks in 10th standard, but you can't boast of them in your resume throughout your career. And in case you can't resist the temptation of outlining your brilliant academic performances, you should always start from the most recent and seemingly more relevant educational qualifications. Having said this, a fresher should look at this in a different perspective. He must not shrink from outlining even school-life accomplishments, but still, chronological order must be followed, that is, starting from the most recent qualification. In addition to this, you must not hesitate from mentioning some course you are pursuing currently but haven't finished yet, provided that it is relevant to the post being applied to.
Deciding on Other Information
You can include other information than your educational qualification or experience but again the reader should not feel like reading a personal account, that is, such information should be in reference with the requirement of the job.
For instance, while applying for the post of a graphic designer, you can mention painting as your interest since it reveals your aesthetic sense, which seems relevant. But you can't boast of being a good orator while applying for the post of a developer.
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