It is a widely followed belief that if you start well, there are high chances and probability of achieving your goals and objectives. When we talk of this in the context of the employment world, the start is usually from the preparation of a resume. A nicely crafted resume that follows the format and consists of all the relevant details in a crisp and presentable form, is widely appreciated and increases your chances of selection manifolds. It will not be wrong to say that, a resume is a document that has the ability to decide a larger part of what you will be doing for the next 30-40 years of your life. Hence, considering the relevance and importance of such an important document, it is necessary to prepare it with the best possible compilation and assessment.
Ingredients of a Resume
In order to impress an interviewer, it is necessary to present a complete resume by including all the relevant items. Below are a few important elements of a resume, that must be included at all times, these are:
1) The Introduction
When you meet an interviewer for the first time, you both share an estranged relationship with each other. This anonymity and unfamiliarity can only be ended through a detailed but crisp introduction. An interviewer can read about you and can understand your academic achievements and special abilities through this introduction part. Some of the key elements of this part are:
- Full name of the candidate
- Active contact details of the candidate, which are,
- Mobile Number
- Current address
- Permanent Address, and
- Email Address, etc.
- Active and operational links to the professional profiles of the candidate, such as Linkedin, Github, etc.
2) Resume Objective
After the introduction, it is quite essential for a candidate to maintain the interest levels and engagement of an interviewer in your resume. This is usually done by a resume objective, which is usually written creatively in a moderately aggressive sales-oriented language and covers the following aspects:
- The type of job and nature of the industry you wish to you work in
- Your goals, desires, aspirations, and objectives that you want to achieve while working in the desired industry
- Your most prevalent special skills, achievements and abilities
- Your highest work experience and your highest educational qualification
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3) Work Experience
An interviewer is always interested in the work experience that you have, as it not only reflects a high level of corporate understanding that you possess but also represents the industrial exposure that you have absorbed. Both these things majorly influence an interviewer in deciding upon your application. Hence, it is always necessary and almost mandatory to mention all the details of the previous employments that you have executed.
There are several students that prefer to do internships prior to joining an organization on a full-time basis. These internships must also find a presence in your resume. It is necessary to present this information in an accepted format, which is mentioned below:
Format For Representing Work Experience Details
|No. of Years||Name of the organization||Designation||Major duties performed||Any other comments|
|(years or months for which you worked)||(complete name of the organization)||(your primary position, which must be based on your dominant duty or task)||(list all the major duties performed or tasks executed)||(add your special achievements in this column. For example, you received an accolade or you were judged as the employee of the year)|
4) Educational Qualifications
Starting from school till your highest qualification, a resume must cover all of your educational achievements. The educational qualifications refers to the full-time courses undertaken by you from a school or university and do not include certification courses, no matter of what duration they are. This information can be presented in the following format:
Format For Representing Details Pertaining To Educational Qualifications
|Year of passing||Qualifications||Specialization||Name of the educational institution||Total Marks||Any other information|
|(the year in which you passed your final examinations or the year in which your result was published)||(mention all your qualifications starting from school till your highest achievement)||(mention the names of the major subjects that you studied)||(mention complete name of the school/college/university which you attended)||(mention the grades/percentage/CGPA obtained)||(mention any of your special achievements. For example, in high school, you championed Maths Olympiad)|
Apart from undertaking regular courses at any university or school, students prefer to pursue short-term courses that are specialized and enables understanding of a particular skill or ability. These are worth mentioning in your resume and leaves a positive impact upon an interviewer as he or she gets impressed with your versatile and learning nature. These certifications can be presented in the following format:
|Name of the Institution||Name of the course||Duration of the course||Specialization||Total Marks|
|(complete name of the educational institution)||(mention the complete name of the course)||(since certification courses are short-time courses, hence it is better to mention their duration in months)||(key learnings from the short term course pursued)||(mention total marks/percentage/grades/CGPA obtained)|
Three Best Tips To Remember While Preparing A Resume
Resume preparation is the first step in your long journey of securing a job. Hence, in order to make an impressive and impactful resume, follow our following tips:
- Tip No. 1: Applying for different jobs, requires different resumes. Hence, always consider, read, understand and analyze the job description issued by an employer, so as to make a customized resume for each and every job.
- Tip No. 2: Always remain crisp, short and brief while mentioning data in your resume. No interviewer likes to study a verbose resume. Even the ATS robots, would refuse to screen you in.
- Tip No. 3: Follow an industry accepted font, such as Calibri, Tahoma or Times New Roman, etc and restrict your cravings for indulging into excessive formating of the details. Using a commonly followed font and limited formatting would give uniformity and a professional look to your resume.
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