By Umer Raza
In our last article about Resume Writing tips we mentioned some basics about the packaging of the resume in terms of fonts, design and style. But this is not all. Let us see in this article what and how you need to mention in the resume that can enhance your chances to win a favorable eye.
- If you are a young graduate and just moving out in search of a job, always mention your education first. As this is the most significant accomplishment you have so far.
- If you have around 5 to 6 years of experience take education at the end of resume or after the professional experience. As after few years of experience your professional experience and achievements must speak for you and not your education.
- When you mention your education, clearly mention the educational institute. However, be careful and only mention it boldly and clearly if your educational institute is of good standing and repute. Remember in the beginning of your career (in some cases throughout your career) your educational institute will always carry a name with you, and you will be recognized by it and recruiter will judge you through your institute.
- If you know that your educational institute is not of good repute and industry does not have a good experience with it, try to highlight more of your educational degree and the grades that you have secured. In this case, your design of educational portion of the resume should be such that your degree, grade and subjects studied are highlighted and your educational institutes are written in smaller fonts, or you may also skip them altogether. But in this case you must emphasise on the subjects you have studied.
- For all the, just graduated, professionals it is imperative that they mention some of their real life project experiences as well. This is possible in case when they have done some volunteer work or they have taken part in any university activity or if they have taken some concrete projects in their field of interest such as debating, sports, photography etc.
- In your resume there should always be a portion with heading such as “Achievements”. These achievements should be written in action language such as completed……, performed….., achieved…….,done…….. These bullets will show that you are result oriented professional and believe in completing the tasks.
- Usually those who get some experience in organizations or do internships, tend to write “responsibilities” or “job descriptions” with any job that they were assigned in any organizations. Remember “responsibilities and job descriptions” are for all and any one at that job will have to do it. Hence you are just providing information as to what you were supposed to be doing. But it does not tell as to how well you have done it. So an achievements section (as mentioned in the point above) should be included that mentions as to how well you have done that work and what was your achievement in it. These bullet points will be customized according to your performance, but be prepared to defend those points as well in the interview. Also mention in bold the key jargon in these points.
- You can mention your hobbies and interests but only if these are supporting your profession and the job you have applied for. Such as someone who is applying for a sales position a hobby of book reading may not go as well as a hobby of sight seeing or travelling. Hence be sure that you are not mentioning a hobby because everyone else is doing it or it may look good on paper.
- Although we mentioned in the previous article of the series that you should mention your email ID at a prominent place, but be professional also in choosing your email ID. I have seen IDs starting with prettygirl@….. machoman@…….. cute786@……. these are just a reflection of how you see yourself and the professional recruiter at the other end might take different messages out of such email address. These messages might not be very positive. Try to make an email ID with your name.
- Maintain some white spaces in the resume i.e. give sufficient margin after each section and give a line space of 1.5 but not double the line space. A double line space gives an impression that you have too little to write about yourself and a line space of single makes it difficult for reader to catch what is important. But in any case use bullets and avoid writing long sentences.
At the end a rule of thumb. Make it easy for any one to read your resume and to find easily what one wants to find. A recruiter will not spend much time on your resume if he/she find it difficult to locate the information one wants.