SECRETS OF A PERFECT RESUME
resume is your ambassador to the work world. It helps
open the doors to many wonderful opportunities you didn't
even know existed. Not only is your resume the first
thing an employer sees from you, it is what the employer
will use to decide whether you are eligible for the
job or not. Basically, most recruiters spend 10-15 seconds
scanning a resume. A brief glance is all they give when
they categorize the thousands of resumes that are sent
by candidates. Thus it becomes very important for you
to ensure that your resume doesn't go unnoticed in the
pile of papers. The secret lies in the details you include,
how intelligently you include them, how readable your
resume is, and most importantly, its overall presentation
and appearance. There are different types of resume
which are listed as follows:
In this format, the emphasis is placed on employment
experience. Your job history is presented in reverse
chronological order, with the most recent jobs placed
at the top of the list. Potential employers can easily
see what you have done, and how you have worked with
which company for how many years and also your progressed
This is the most common style of resume but freshers
should avoid this format since this type of resume may
end up highlighting their lack of experience. Experienced
people to show their job history and experience can
use this type of resume.
In this format, your skills and achievements are emphasized.
Your skills and previous relevant experience (including
educational experience) are presented at the beginning
of your resume. By this type of resume the employers
can have a basic idea of how you are fitted for the
job and what are your qualifications regarding the job.
Preparing this type of resume may take lot of time,
but you are free to highlight your talents instead of
your recent job experience. The Functional resume will
not be of use if the employer is looking for a clear
job history and he may be put off by this format, especially
if you've used it to hide your inexperience.
This type of resume is fast gaining popularity. It is
an effective combination of both. The Combination resume
is simply a functional resume with a brief employment
history and job experience added. Skills and accomplishments
are still listed first; the employment history follows.
Thus the employer will immediately know your qualification
for the post as well as the experience you had and how
well he can hire your expertise for the job.
Whichever format you may use, remember, you can't afford
to make any mistakes. You have to be perfect in every
sense and your perfection and smartness is what will
Here are a few important tips:
Draw the attention of the employer
Use such a design that it will draw the attention of
the employer towards your resume. Employers make a snap
decision at the mere sight of a resume. Don't make silly
spelling mistakes. Keep your resume neat and clean.
Your resume must highlight the most important information
about your work experience, skills and education. If
they see unrelated job titles or skills the likelihood
is very high that they will make an immediate assumption
that you are not qualified for the job. So avoid that
Say the key words
Never keep beating the bush. Be brief and to the point.
The right words and descriptions can go a long way into
getting yourself short-listed for the interview. Highlight
numbers, skills and accomplishments in a concise, clear
Read the job ad carefully and use proper terms
The job ads use key word and descriptions in the ad
that gives you a brief idea of the type of job available
with the particular company and their requirements.
Analyze these words and try to use synonyms or replicate
them on your resume.
Highlight your skills
This is very important because it will make the employer
to be aware of your skills and achievements. For example
if you are looking out for the post of a steno-typist
you must mention your speed on the typing machine and
your capabilities as a steno.
Create an image to match your
As you write your resume, keep in mind the level of
job and salary you want. Be sure to create an image
that presents you at the appropriate level with the
words you choose.
Thus resume preparing is not that tough. It only requires
some smartness and skill. Remember your resume is a
unique marketing tool, which pays you back for all your
hard work. Think of your resume as a promotional brochure
about you. It is the first thing that helps a potential
employer decide why you are right for his organization.
It is a competitive world out there, with many people
contesting for the same job. You can use your resume
to get an edge over other candidates and increase your
chances of getting hired. So make sure your resume stands