When one appears for the interview the most important thing is his/her curriculum Vitaee. Here we give you the few on how to highligt your achivements and the mistakes which should be avoided
Call it a resume, a CV or a bio-data, it is the most important tool you have when approaching employers. You will be trained and educated in various skills in institutions ó and there are enough jobs out there that need your kind of skills. But then, you are not the only one. An employer will carefully compare and contrast you with the scores of others with similar skills before coming to a decision whom to employ. The employer- in this exercise of evaluating candidates- refers most often to the resume. Often, the decision to employ or reject a particular candidate is taken within 10 seconds after reading a resume. Enough reason for you to present a resume that impresses, don't you think?
What exactly is a resume?
A Resume or bio data is a tool that outlines a prospective employee's professional and personal achievements on the basis of which an employer decides to hire him/her.
A resume is extremely crucial for a person's job prospects because through it, first impressions are formed, and as they say- "the first impression is the last impression."
For example, if you are a sales or marketing professional, the potential employer will expect your resume and cover letter to reflect that type of expertise. In other words, the employer may decide that if you canít sell yourself, how can you sell their product or service.
If the resume is all important, what about all those years I spent in college- don't they mean a thing?
Of course they do. The crucial difference between your skills and your resume is that the latter has a purely temporary function. Once you land that plumb job- your skills and how you put them to practice are all that matter to employers. A well written resume is not a passport to permanent bliss. Just as a poor resume may restrict your chances of landing a job, a splendid resume may get you the job, but if you don't use your skills effectively, your professional growth will be stunted, or worse, you might get fired.
Is the resume the only tool that I have when I approach an employer?
No, there is also the cover letter that introduces, so to speak, your resume. This also has to be carefully written because that is the first thing an employer will read. Often, the decision to read your resume is based on how impressed a person is with your cover letter.
Type of Resumes and Examples
Do's and Dont's for Resume
First of all
Keep your 'Curriculum Vitaee' or 'Resume'-never 'Bio-Data'-to one page, unless you have several years of experience. Even the, be brief and concise.Highlight your accomodations but avoid lenghty descriptions.Ideally have your CV laser printed, if typewritten, There should be no erasures or white-outs.
Don't make recuriters search for basic informations. Highlights-Dates, educations, places of employments,job titles,etc.-should be available at glance.Give only the address where you can be contacted, not current and permanent.If you don't have a telephone number, give a contact number, better still,get an e-mail address.
If you are the student put education first. Make sure to indicate when you will finish your exam and will be ready for to begin work. If you are already working education comes afer the work experience. List all your qualification from the most decent to the least. Dates are necessary so be specific.Hide gaps in your career as best as possible.List all your technical knowledge-prog-ramming languages you are familiar with, all softwares you havethroughly used.Don't let your prospective employers wonder "Why should I hire him/her?"
Don't just list the positions you have held, give the recruiter a clear picture of what the responsiblities were and also what you accompanished in each job. Remember too that you have to impress your masters with your potentials. Make a sepreate section on awards and achivements. Avoid articles(the,an,a)and never use 'I' or other pronouns to identify yourself.
Altough optional, this section can be the most important of all. Don't hesitate to mention things like student teaching experience, community volunter work, and so on. But in this and anything else in the CV don't lie, don't even exaggerate. Your chances are booming if you are caught faking.
SO, GO AHEAD
Writing A Cover Letter
A cover letter is a letter that one attaches to a resume. It assumes importance because that is the first thing a prospective employer tends to look at. Here are some ideas on how to write an impressive cover letter:
The subject of your letter
You should always have a subject for your cover letter.
If youíre conducting your job search appropriately, you should be submitting your resume with a cover letter. The most obvious purpose for your cover letter is to state what position you are applying for. Thus your subject should look like this:
"Subject: Re a vacancy in the AAA department, BBB company."
If the company or organization has not advertised for a post, but you are interested in working with them, then your subject should not be too specific, for example: "Application for a position as a Salesperson." This may have the effect of limiting your resume and your job prospects. The employer may treat you only as the title or position you stated your objective.
On the other hand, broad generalizations such as: "Re: Experienced and hardworking MBA seeks an opportunity in ABC Company." may not offer enough information to interest the resume reader, or worse, it may be considered as too loud and haughty.
Adopt the middle path. Make sure you mention your expertise, but do with crisply and without resort to 15 word sentences about yourself.
Eg.: Subject: A Biotech Engineer seeks opportunities in ABC company.
If you are responding to an advertisement, your opening statement should be short and crisp.
Eg.: In response to your recent advertisement in The Hindustan Times (27/04/2000), I would like to offer myself for the position of copywriter in your company.
If a friend or associate suggested you contact the company, and encouraged you to mention them by name, your letter may be longer, and should include an opening statement that explains how you learned about the position, and identifies your friend.
Eg.: A close friend/associate of mine, Ms Pinky Jain, suggested I contact you to explore possibilities of employment in your company. Ms Lara and I worked/studied together for several years at AAA company/BBB College, and she is very familiar with my work, and my performance record.
The main body of your cover letter should contain information that markets your expertise and experience. This should not be longer than two paragraphs.
If an employer or an advertisement requests you to provide salary information, references, or other such information, an additional paragraph should be resorted to.
A typical closing statement should include requesting an interview, and also mention what other papers you are enclosing (Resume, References etc).
Eg.: Enclosed please find my resume and references as requested by you. I am available for further information and interview/s which I hope you will arrange at your discretion.
Type of Resumes and Examples
Do's and Dont's for Resume
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