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Effective Resume Guidelines
Writing an effective resume takes planning as well as completing a thorough self-assessment. It is really important to have a effective resume for your job search.
This is the first round where many people get filtered out just because of not so good resume.
Better the resume you have more are the chances of getting interview calls.
Lets begin with writing a good resume.
Think of yourself as a product and you need to market it using resume as a brochure.
What will be benefits for the company, why they should hire you.
Have a clear objective in your mind before writing your resume.
The person who receives your resume will scan it quickly ? perhaps for no more than 30 seconds ?
to determine whether you can help the company.
Your job is to say quickly, clearly and loudly that you can!
Make it concise. Its purpose is to get a interview call for you , not a job.
Don't describe so much , let the employer/recruiter call you.
Try to have good format . Use bulleted sentences with short details. It makes easier for reader to go through your resume.
Try to start your bulleted sentences with action related words like prepared, developed, conducted , Researched , monitored, and presented.
For ex: Developed a application for user management.
Use #'s, $'s and %'s. Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume.
Increased sales by 33% in a northern region.
Review all the keywords used in job posting. Use the key words listed in these ads to match them to bullets in your resume.
If you have missed any key words, add them to your resume.
Start by including your personal information.
The employer wants to know your name, address, phone number, and email address on the top of the first page of your resume.
After that show summary of your experience and skill set.
Many times recruiters only see the summary of your resume. If possible bold out all your key skills in summary.
Keep a consistent format and font style.
Include all relevant Education, Honors, Degrees, & Certifications.
Resume length should be appropriate as per your experience.
Employers generally see if resume is easy to read and gives key information up front.
Your resume can be one, two, or (occasionally) even three pages. If in doubt follow the (very general) rule of thumb
that less than 5 years experience probably only requires one page and more than that may need two.
Proofread your resume over and over. Make sure that your resume is read by you and your friends and their is no typos or any mistake in resume.
If even one word is misspelled the reader will assume that you didn't know how to spell the word (this is bad)
or that you didn't care (this is even worse).You will not get a second chance to create a good impression if you send out a resume that includes errors.
Lead with your strengths. Since resumes are typically reviewed in 30 seconds,
take the time to determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective.
Put those strong points first where they are more apt to be read.