resume

Resumes are more like your self-made report cards based on which recruiters understand who you are, what you’ve done, and why you’re unique. A resume is a super important component of any job search and you should spend lots of time and put in significant effort in making it look good to ensure that it will make you stand out or might as well impress the recruiters and get you an interview.

Fun Fact, there are resume writers who actually make a living out of writing a resume for others.

1. Name:

There are various ways in which one might prefer writing their name on their resume. A resume isn’t an official document so there isn’t a specific order. It can start by your first name followed by your surname or others prefer their initials to come first then their first name. Either way works.

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2.Contact Information:

Recruiters or Hiring managers don’t exactly expect to see one’s full address on a resume these days. E-Mailing is the easiest and the quickest option but if they want to contact you. The phone number is mandatory along with an e-mail id. While stating your address do mention your city/state and pincode if needed.

3. Education with years should be mentioned:

  • The name of your school
  • The degree you obtained
  • Your field of study
  • Graduation year

The education section is usually the shortest part of the resume. Mention in the briefest way possible. Maximum 30-40 words.

4.Previous Experience [ if any]:

Focus on your accomplishments and avoid all the unnecessary details like the company’s address or supervisor’s name. Mention these points:

  • Job title
  • Name of the company
  • Dates of employment
  • Company description
  • Brief description of your job responsibilities and your post.
  • Your key achievements/accomplishments during the time of your service in the company.

5.Volunteer Work

Volunteer work talks about your personality. The kind of person you are when you’re outside office. Example: Raising money for a cause, Participate in a charity race, Help register people to vote.

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6.Keywords:

These words might help you stand out. Using appropriate positive words. Also using keywords related to the job you are applying for, for example:

  1. engineering
  2. content
  3. scheduling
  4. policies
  5. budget
  6. reporting
  7. compliance
  8. finance
  9. brand
  10. project management
  11. presentation
  12. health
  13. coaching

To express your qualities, use words such as:

  1. Achieved
  2. Improved
  3. Team player
  4. Bottom-line
  5. Trained/mentored
  6. Managed
  7. Created
  8. Resolved
  9. Strategic thinker
  10. Volunteered
  11. Influenced
  12. Increased/decreased
  13. Ideas

7.Travel:

For the travel section to look good on your resume, your experiences and skills should be related to the position you’re applying for. Mention about your travel experience, places you’ve been to and plan on settling in.

8.Interests/ Hobbies

Disclaimer: Hobbies and interests are closely related to each other but they don’t mean the same. A hobby is something you actually do in your free time for example: Travelling. When you actually travel regularly and love doing it, it could be called a hobby but when you love to travel and wish to travel but have done very little of it, that would be considered interest. Again, they should be emphasized on if they are related to the job you’re applying for.

9.References

If you have worked on something which might help you, it is worth mentioning in your resume. Adding references can be considered as an experience. A teacher, mentor or person in the position can write a reference for you.

10.Achievements

Achievements can go all the way from meeting deadlines and being appreciated for it to managing to increase the consumer numbers. Examples:

  • Met deadlines consistently.
  • The employee of the month.
  • Launched ABC campaigns/products/services.
  • Developed or implemented new procedures or systems.
  • Contributed to good customer service.
  • Worked on special projects.
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11.Languages

This can turn out to be a very important skill and very useful. This section on your resume can help you stand out from the rest as the number of languages you know will show how linguistically skilled and culturally diverse you are and also able to expand the reach and business opportunities of the company.

12.Skills in detail

Mention both hard and soft skills.

Hard skills are the specific knowledge and abilities that are learned through education or training. Such as Computer Technology [ Microsoft Office Suite , HTML, Social media, Java]; Foreign language, Copywriting, Data presentation, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytics, Cryptography, Encryption Algorithms, etc.

Soft skills are character traits or interpersonal aptitudes that affect your ability to work and interact with others. Such as  Time Management,Teamwork, Problem-Solving, Adaptability, Interpersonal Skills, Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, etc.

13.Awards/Honors/Certificates

Attach all the relevant certificates, awards, honors you’ve received which are related to your job and will help you get shortlisted.

14.Communication skills:

In any kind of job communication skills are very important. Mention your leadership skills as well and mention if you’re a good listener as a good listener is considered as observant in nature. These skills include:

  • Respect
  • Clarity
  • Confidence
  • Empathy
  • Listening
  • Constructive feedback
  • Verbal communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Friendliness
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15.Cover Letter:

This letter includes a piece of brief information about you, Your name contact information, birthdate, qualifications and why you deserve this position. A cover letter is a summary of your resume, so limit it to one page.

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