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To get a job, you first need to get top recruiters attention. Finding a good job in their preferred field can be challenging for anyone. The job market can be really tough for recent graduates. Competition is stiff; the market is filled with other strong job candidates, too. So how can you increase your chances for getting a great job in the field you love? For almost everyone, it starts with a resume and same is with you… :)
Whenever you are applying for a professional-level job in an organization, you are likely to submit a resume. Recruiters use resume to screen your potential. They generally look your resume for less than 10-15 seconds.
These 15 seconds decide whether you are rejected or your resume demand few more seconds and possibly a job interview.
Writing a great resume does not necessarily mean you should follow certain rules. Every resume is a one-of-a-kind marketing communication. It should be appropriate to your situation and do exactly what you want it to do.
Here are some tips that can help you to write effective resume:
If you don’t have a target – for your job and ultimately for your life, then you are sailing in the wrong boat. If you are hunting for a job but are not sure you are on a career path that is perfect for you, you are probably going to end up doing something that doesn’t fit you very well and that you will most likely leave within five years. Doesn’t sound like much of a life to me? How about you?
Therefore, it’s a must to have a surety about the target of job you want to achieve.
Your first 3-4 lines of your resume says a lot about you - who you are, where you've studied and/or worked, and what you bring to the job. Your introduction in the resume should be such that it clearly mention your quality.
For this, you need to effectively mention – what your aim is & what you will get if you get this job. It is recommended not to stretch your introduction in not more than 3-4 lines. You should sum up yourself well enough in the same.
Don't include images or photos on your resume. Not only are images disliked by recruiters and HR professionals, they can also create problems with recruitment software.
Your resume should include 4 to 6 skills that link your experience to the job you're applying for.
If the job you're applying for was advertised, either the ad or the position description may provide a list of skills and experiences that are essential for doing the job. It may also provide a list of "desirable" skills and experience. Your list of key skills & strengths needs to respond to all of the items on the "essential" list and as many items as possible on the "desirable" list.
When putting together this list, think of things you've done or learned to do as part of your earlier jobs. By doing this, you will be able to discover the skills that you have developed or don’t knew before that was within you.
If you don’t possess much work experience, a list of personal attributes can be another way to demonstrate that you're the right person for the job.
In this section, you can include ways you can demonstrate that you are reliable, honest, trustworthy or quick to learn new things.
You can include three to five personal attributes, but make sure you don't include them instead of your key skills.
Your Educational History only needs to show your highest level of education. The information you write down should be in chronological order, with your highest qualification to be mentioned first following it would be the other degrees and diplomas you have obtained. It is not at all necessary to mention your results, unless showing them proves how well you're suited to the job.
You should also include a few bullet points listing your academic achievements (e.g., school or class captaincies, house captaincy, awards you have won, or groups you've been part of, etc.).
Don’t decorate your resume, i.e. keep it very simple and easy to read. Use fonts such as Verdana, Arial, Century gothic, Calibri. Don’t use much of bold and italic functionality in your resume as it will create a wrong impression or it will present you differently or I can say create a wrong impression in the mind of recruiter.
Generally it's always good to present the information on your resume in this order:
List of key skills
List of technical skills
Personal attributes/Career overview
References (if any)