How to write an effective resume?

Niraj Deobhankar
careercarein.com
info@careercarein.com

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individuals to take correct career
decisions and help realize their
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Goals of the workshop






Introduction
Aesthetics of resume
Profile or objective?
Academics
Discontinuities in experience
Highlight your achievements
Summary

Introduction
Year of Establishment: 2006
Founded by:
Mr Chandrashekhar
Deobhankar

Business
English

Career
Building

Career
Counseling

IELTS/

TOEFL

Aesthetics of Resume

Paper
One or maximum two pages resume
A4
80-100 gsm

Font type
Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial
Readable by both software and humans;
Exceptions for artists

Font Size
14 for your name
12 for headings
11 or 12 for actual description

Font
Bold: Your name; headings of sections
Italic: publications; professional profile
Colour: Black

Spacing
Sides 2cm
Top 2 - 2.5 cm
Bottom 2 – 1.4 cm
Header and Footer 1.25 cm from edge
Footer must have Page x of y. References
available on request.
Line spacing single
Line spacing between two sections 16 points
Fully justified

Bullet Points
Use it everywhere except for
Professional Profile

Should I include my photo?
No need;
Acceptable in Europe except UK

Styles and Content

Person
First Person
I posses excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. I
am able to work well on my own initiative and I can demonstrate the
levels of self-motivation needed to meet my tightest deadlines

Third Person
Possesses excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation
skills. Able to work well on my own initiative and can demonstrate the
levels of self-motivation needed to meet tightest deadlines

Action Verb
Positive Adjectives
Consistent
Efficient
Experienced
Innovative
Productive
Proficient
Resourceful
Successful
verstile

Achieved
Accomplished
Developed
Launched
Managed
Maximized
Strengthen
Improved
Implemented
realised

Jargons

Numbers
Quantify your achievements
Spell zero to ten
Others in numerical form
Led the introduction of a major culture change in customer
services, improving customer satisfaction ratings from 6.2 out
of 10 to 8.3 out of 10

The truth
Do not lie about anything

Doesn’t everybody do it?
Still you don’t.

Structure and type

Reverse Chronological
Loved by recruiters;
Career History starting from current to first
assignment;

Functional
Most of the times binned, hiding info;
CEOs, Directors and senior management;
Change of profile

Mixed
Best of both; usually used when change in
level position;
Students to attract

Section Order
Your USP?
Education or Work history
Reverse chronological sequence applies only to
content in section, not the section itself

Personal Details

Personal Details
Just below your name
Difficult to pronounce names
Official Names
Nick names

Key Contact Details
Address
Email (hunkyjoe@example.com)
Contact Number

Other details
Date of Birth
Marital Status

Bloopers
Height: I am 6 foot 5 inches tall
Weight: 78 kg
Shoe Size: 10

Professional Profile

What is it?
Brief statement at the very beginning;
key personal and professional achievements;
Compelling overview

Why is it?
Isn't it repetition of cover letter?
Condensed achievements
“Tell me about yourself”

How do you write it?
Five relevant and top-most highlights
use prose style

Useful Example
A dedicated and compassionate medical professional who specializes in the
field of neurosurgery. Able to demonstrate strong clinical expertise with the
proven ability to assess and investigate patient symptoms and make
appropriate decisions on the most appropriate treatments accordingly.
Committed to the field of research and development with the aim of
improving standards of medical practice through the use of technological
advances.

Objective

Necessary?
Yes: Students; resume distribution
No: Experienced professionals who
knows the post he is applying for

How to write it?
Third person
Simple statement explaining your goal
Intend to build a career in a well-known Business Enterprise with hard work
and innovative work technique to enhance my skills and knowledge for the
betterment of the enterprise

Educational Qualifications

What matters?
Should be a priority for students
Stellar degrees

Structure
Dates you received qualification
Description of your qualification
Grade/class/marks
Names of the institution

Example
•Pursuing Second Year in Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) with
R.M.D Sinhgad school of Management Studies, Pune
•Successfully completed First Year in Master of Business Administration
(Marketing) with R.M.D Sinhgad school of Management Studies, Pune in 2013
•Successfully completed Bachelors of Arts (Law) from Bharti Vidhyapeeth, Pune in
2012
•Completed H.S.C. and S.S.C. from U.P. State Board in 2007 and 2005 respectively

Further Training
Management Development Program;
Marketing Management;
Presentation Skills;

Skills

Career History

Focus
Use the advertisement as benchmark
Reverse Chronological

Structure
Your job title
Name of Organization
Dates
Description of roles
(Achievements, duties and responsibilities)

Functional Resume
Key Experiences
Current Employment
Career Summary

Achievements

Two ways
1. Separate section
2. Sub-section in Career History

What are employers looking for?
Increase: Profits; Sales/turnover; Working capital; Market share;
Efficiency
Decrease: Costs; Waste; Excess stock; Timescale; Complaints; Staff
turnover
Improve: Cash-flow; Procedure; Performance; Teamwork;
Reputation; PR
Arrange: Change; Innovation; Events; Results

Examples
Delivered a substantial increase in
weekly sales levels, from $ 45,000 to
$ 85,000
Played a key role within the team
responsible for smashing the
previous regional sales record by an
impressive 37%

Summary
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Photographs
Contact Details
Third person
Bullets
Professional Profile/ Objective
Reverse Chronological Career History
Achievements

Business English
Business
English:
Speaking

Business
English:
Writing

 Under-graduates
 Graduates;
 Professionals

 Graduates;
 Professionals

 Encouraging environment for learning
 Experienced trainers with corporate
background who can train for “Real Life”
scenarios
 Gain fluency and accuracy
 Voice recording facility
 Batches sorted on basis of qualification,
experience and current fluency




Create basic structures for documents
Write messages using a structure created
Adapting writing style to audience's needs
Modify language for better impact
Improve overall impact with clear and
specific messages

Career Building
Resume
Preparation

Interview
Techniques

 Undergraduates;
 Graduates;
 Professionals





 Undergraduates;
 Graduates;
 Professionals

 Project confidence & communicate
effectively
 Behavioural, situational, & stress questions
 Mock interviews
 Focus on body language & energy
 Explain gaps of employment and job change

Streamlined and easy process
Complimentary Cover-Letter
Domain wise resume writers
Get trained to write customize resume
Special training to create LinkedIn profile

Career Counseling
 Psychometric Tests;
Counselling
Students who have  Understand students dream;
for Teenagers passed 8th to 12th  Make a road map integrating test results and
students dream

 UnderCounselling
graduates;
for Graduates
 Graduates;

Counselling
for
Professionals

 Psychometric Tests;
 Understand graduate’s future needs either in
education or job;
 Help graduates by narrowing gaps if any in
their test results and needs

Experienced
 Psychometric Tests;
professionals
 Analyze current situation and problems;
looking for change  Help professionals in taking right decisions
or a new start
based on test results and their current status

IELTS/TOEFL

IELTS/TOEFL

 Undergraduates;
 Graduates;
 Professionals





Smart and strategized training
Mock tests
Personalised attention
Online Resource Centre
Flexible Timings

Thank You!