Why is writing a good resume important?

If you want a job, the first thing you have to do is prepare a resume. India is growing. The population is growing. There are more and more educated people everywhere. There are thousands and thousands of engineers, doctors etc. being created all over the country at a very fast rate. Because of all this it has become much harder to get a job. Most of the companies want you to send them your resume as the first step of the job selection process. Now days, a good job offer attracts 1000¶s of resumes. If you want to get selected for a job, you have to make your resume stand out from the rest. You have to get your resume read among the heap of other resumes. So, writing a good resume is a very very important first step when you want a job.

What is the purpose of a resume? When preparing your resume, keep in mind that employers use resumes for several purposes: Screen Applicants ± Most employers will only look at a resume for about 30 seconds to determine whether or not an applicant is a good fit for their organization. Develop Interview Questions ± Statements on your resume can be used to formulate questions they may ask during an interview. Communication Skills ± Employers want to see how well you express yourself. Qualifications ± Employers will reference your resume when making hiring decisions based on how closely your qualifications match their needs. Basically: Your resume should answer the employer's question, "Why should I hire you?" in 20 seconds or less. Because 20 seconds all the time your resume is going to get. The employer does not have too much time. He is not going to read though each and every resume in detail. However, when writing a resume, the main purpose of a resume is to ³get your self an interview´ or reach the next step of the selection process.

The ³key´ to a good resume: Targeting! A resume basically does what a good advertisement does. A good advertisement is always ³targeted´ for a particular part of the audience. For example, the soft drink companies know that their biggest consumers are the youth. So in all the soft drink adds you will see young ³cool´

These adds are designed so that they will appeal to the youth. also called Action Verbs. These adds are targeted to the youth. a successful resume is not written only keeping you and your qualifications in mind. say "Wrote 40-page employee manual" Do not include photographs unless you are a model or actor. . Highlight them by marking them bold or italics wherever necessary. If you have no experience or have an experience of only 5 to 6 years make sure you have a resume of only ³one page´. What are power words? How to use them? Power Words. his needs and how you can satisfy those needs in mind. provide better emphasis in a resume. It is part of our ³How to market?´ article. use the telegraphic method and drop the pronoun to make it more active. Words like ³accomplished´. They create a more assertive and memorable statement. Instead of "I wrote the 40-page employee manual". the employer. Avoid any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Let it not look like a thesis on you. Use 12 or 14 as the font size. Using a ³table´ to state your achievements is a good idea. Use power words. Do not use "I".people drinking the soft drink. ³led´ and ³persuaded´ show your employer that you are confident in your abilities. Always highlight your qualification and achievements so that they attract the attention of the reader. ³developed´. Use simple fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. "me" or "my" statements. You have to show the employer though the different parts of the resume that you and your qualifications are what he needs to satisfy the needs of his organization. When writing the resume you have to keep. check this article out. Simply put. Don¶t mark the complete sentence in bold or italics. A good resume is also very similar. It is like a targeted ad. Note: To really understand targeting. You have to appeal to the employer and his needs. The only difference is here ³you are the product´ and the ³target audience is the employer´. You must have a typed or computer printed resume instead of a handwritten one.

Rather than making a bland statement (for example. you let your experiences shine (³Increased sales 39% in 18 months as the District Sales Manager ). Your resume will just talk about you and all your ³great´ accomplishments. You have state the objective in terms of what you would like to do for the organization once you are appointed. Part 1: Personal Details Write your: y y y y Name Address Phone number E-mail address Part 2: The Objective This is an important part of your resume«. Here is a sample objective: Sales position in an organization seeking an extraordinary record of generating new accounts. ³I was District Sales Manager of the Information Technology Division´). The objective should just be two or three lines. he/she will get a master door-to-door salesperson or at least someone who is working to be a master salesperson. you may want to really learn how to be a good salesman and master the art of door-to-door selling. you will just have a general resume. Your resume will not be targeted. What is the point of writing an objective? If you don¶t have an objective on your resume. The different parts of the resume: Here we have given a part-by-part break up of the complete resume. It should be clear and straight to the point. exceeding sales targets and ensure close relationship with the customers. Like. Use these words to show confidence and control. . This tells them that hiring you might really help to increase sales. If you state this in your objective. A resume without an objective will not be able to convey to the employer what you will be able to do for the employer. it is conveyed to the employer that if he/she heirs you. Here you state what you would like to achieve out of working in the particular organization. Such a resume. since it is not ³targeted´ to meeting the employers needs will not produce results.

e. Many and almost all of us have studied class I. If you stood up with good marks. If you had average score and you do not wish to include the same. post graduation. You will look like the kind of person who will not really work hard for the organization and give their fullest participation. If you don¶t talk about your objective. they might create a negative impact on the person reading your resume. leave it out (But remember the percentage you scored. Use bullets to mark your qualification..Employers generally do not like to hire people who are working just for money. Employers like people who have aims and want to accomplish or learn something. VI etc . and any other qualification you have achieved. Employers like to hire people who are charged and motivated. mention them along with the name of the school and the year you passed. companies do hunt for freshers! If you have any. Part 4: Experience Now. You must understand your objective. make sure you mention: y The name of the company you worked for. V. Then your Class 12th marks. but remember not to use very stylish and fancy bullets. If you don¶t have any work experience. the interviewer may ask you!). You will probably be asked about your objective when you go for the interview if your resume gets selected. So. When mentioning your work experience. it¶s turn for the experience you have. don¶t worry. . remember to write them in descending order (the most recent place you have worked first and so on«) just like your qualification. your graduation. it is very important that you have a ³Objective´ on your resume. Also make sure you do not put in an objective just because it sounds good. you look like as if you want a job just for the sake of money. so we don¶t need to mention these classes but we start with the first board exam we had given or Class 10th results. on the top you would have your recent qualification.. Part 3: Educational Qualifications Education qualification should be in a descending order i.

A long list of unrelated achievements would be of little value. but they have to show that you got results as you carried out your responsibilities. Part 5: Achievements As stated earlier. Try to mention those achievements that the employer would care about right on top. did you: y y y y y y y y y y y y Save the company money? How much and how? Help improve sales? By how much? Improve productivity and efficiency? Implement any new systems or processes? Help launch any new products or services? Achieve more with (same or fewer) resources? Resolve a major problem with little investment? Participate in any technical/operational improvements? Exceed accepted standards for quality or quantity? Identify the need for a program or service? Prepare any original reports. Not all achievements have to be big.) For instance. then they will all come here. using a table to state your achievements is a good idea.y y Time OR duration you worked there. national or international level. Like. any competitions you took part in and won etc. Here are some things to consider when naming achievements. studies or documents? Serve on any committees? What was the outcome? . (Quantify whenever possible. if you are applying for a marketing post then it would be a good idea to mention that you won a marketing competition. Many of your routine activities can be quantified and written as achievements that demonstrate your experience and knowledge. What does the achievements section include? If you played any sport at state. The designation you were appointed for. They can be proof of how you¶ve HELPED the company! They should show the employer how he will be able to fulfill the needs of his organization by hiring you.

Is your resume well laid out? Is it pleasing to the eye? Is your resume less than one page if you are a student or new to the workforce? Is it less than three pages if you are an experienced professional? Have you chosen legible fonts throughout your resume or do the fonts detract from the context of the resume? Have you used spell check and/or dictionary to ensure that there are no spelling errors? Has someone else (outside of yourself) read your resume for grammatical errors? Does your resume use proper English? Is your resume memorable? Does it stand out in a crowd (but in a positive way)? Is your resume ³targeted´ to the type of position you are seeking? How do you come across when your resume is read? What will an employee think of you? Are you pleased with your resume? Does it do a good job of telling an employer who you are and why you are a good candidate? .y y y Get elected to any boards. Finally mention: y y y y y Your date of birth Father¶s name Your name E-mail id Telephone number You could also take the help of pre-defined templates in or use the Resume wizard in MS-Word or Open Office software¶s to make your resume. Once you build your resume you can format your resume using the appropriate font and font size. teams or task forces? Resolve customer problems? Get rated as outstanding in performance reviews? Part 6: Concluding section Strength and Hobbies: Mention your strengths and hobbies here. When talking about your strengths. again it would be good if you can show the employer how your strengths would benefit his/her organization. If the strengths are related to the job you are applying for they will have a better effect.

is it clear that you do not yet have a degree? Are all the educational requirements of the job fulfilled and clearly shown? Professional Experience: Is your work experience presented logically? Have you limited your work experience to no more than 4-5 previous positions? Have you accounted for any gaps in your work history that an employer might question? Do the name of the company. your job title. if you graduated? If you did not graduate. and contact information clearly displayed on your resume? Objective: Did you limit your objective to just one or two short sentences? Is your objective clear and concise? Or is it ambiguous? Is your objective focused? Does it make sense? Is it targeted? Education: Is it clear from a quick look at your resume that you have obtained a college degree.Do you have your name. address. and dates of employment for each position stand out for easy identification? Have you limited the information in each position to those that are the most relevant and targeted to the position to which you are applying? Is your professional experience accurately and honestly conveyed? Strengths and hobbies: Are the strengths & hobbies you have listed relevant and targeted to the position to which you are applying? Do the skills listed accurately convey your experience and knowledge in each area? Other Sections: .

It should not be a general resume. You are able to send the same resume to 1000¶s of employers. The more targeted and to the point your resume is the more the possibility is that your resume will stand out and that you will get the job. and proofread like a maniac. After all. what guarantee is there that your job performance will be high caliber? Final important note: Though out this article we have talked about targeting targeting targeting! We have said and said again that your resume should be targeted. that becomes possible. It will be much more work. and ultimately the job. Target the resume. But.Do any other sections included in your resume enhance your presentation? Are they relevant to the position to which you are applying? Review. but don¶t just send the same resume to everyone. edit. ach employer has different needs. it will NOT be targeted. but they can cost you the interview. though the internet job sites etc. Usually. It should be TARGETED!!! All this means that you cannot just send one resume to 100¶s of employers. Send a targeted resume to each employer!! Best of luck! . Your resume will not stand out and you might not get the job. If you send the same resume to everyone. One of the biggest resume mistakes is typos or grammatical errors. These errors may seem trivial. Your resume should show the employer how you will be able to satisfy his organizations specific needs. It will just be a general resume. It should not just talk about you and your accomplishments. if you can¶t be bothered to make sure that your resume is 100% accurate.

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