The Making of an Impressive Resume: Behind the Scenes

Writing a resume seems like a challenging task, and rightfully so. The impact it creates in the precious 20 seconds it is paid attention to, plays a huge role in your entire career. However, although it needs to be created carefully, the task can be made simple by keeping in mind the following few tips-

Before Writing a Resume:

• Put yourself in the employer’s position: Understand what a prospective employer would expect from an employee in the relevant position and focus on their needs rather than just your own

• Refer to the job posting: Being sure of what the company wants reduces chances of mismatch and also allows you to tailor your resume to highlight the relevant skills

• Use the right resume format: Structure is imperative in any resume and it is advisable to use a basic template that ensures you do not leave out anything important and also allows you to further customize your resume to suit individual needs of different jobs

• Prepare a rough draft: Before sitting down to writing the actual resume, it’s good to jot down points you wish to highlight according to the job position. This allows you to prioritize and be more organized while writing the actual resume

Best Resume Tips:

• Personal Details: Make sure to include your name, date of birth, address, telephone number and email address

• Personal Statement: A few lines to capture your essence by revealing your strengths, work experience, skills and personality. The statement should be concise but relevant, and should be enough to convince the employer to continue reading

• Work Experience: If you have extensive experience, try to list the experience that is relevant to the job so that you appear to be the right candidate for the job. Include basic details such as position, organization and duration, as well as a couple of lines regarding the responsibilities and skills

• Educational Qualifications: Usually, a tabular format is a neat and effective way to display your academic record. The section should contain details of the institute, certification, result and year of completion

For those with Limited Experience:

• Other interests: You can mention a hobbies, skills or other relevant information that adds value and strengthens your profile

• Live Projects: These can be included in work experience with the details mentioned briefly

• Awards and Achievements: Particularly relevant for graduates, any accomplishments can be mentioned to highlight either special skills or favorable personality traits

Proofreading, Formatting and Presentation Tips:

• Spellings and grammar: Proofreading for small errors is essential because these could give the impression of a careless attitude, apart from casting an aspersion on your communication skills which are being seen as increasingly important

• Fonts and sizes: Do not exceed 2 A4 size pages, no matter how much you want to write. Being able to present important information in a succinct manner is also an appreciated skill. Fonts like Arial, Times or Verdana look professional in sizes 9-12

• Bullets and structure: Neat and well organized resume’s tend to gain attention and give you the advantage you need to stand out. Long paragraphs must be avoided at all costs. Concise bulleted points are highly favored, so keep it simple and brief. It is also advised to use clear headings (in bold) to further emphasize the division of sections and make it appear orderly.