Friday, 12 April 2013


 You may be the best, or at least better in the lot. But when it comes to the interviews, you need to depict yourself on the “resume”. On the smaller scale, just memorizing the interviews we took for selecting the executive team of IBC, biggest negative point I found in many, is the resume. When we (interviewers), discussed about the selection of executives later that day, there were some clashes in preferring one person to other, as there were five to six panels and everyone is not aware of the talent of each interviewee and that’s the point exactly where resume comes into action If this is the case on small scale, just think about your career opportunities! For this reason, I surfed the net to make this article a good and simplest source of information on writing a resume. I found “Forbes” website providing the best info and re-writing it-

Seven steps to a successful resume:

1. Know your objective:
Before starting with the resume, think about the type of organization for which you are applying, to work. Also consider the type of skills you want to use regularly. Once you've got that clear, note your experiences and accomplishments that best fit that objective. Don't include items that diverts your aim.

2. Start with the summary:
If you don’t have a job experience, or if the previous job experience does not show the kind of skills you are really good at, it’s better to start with the “Objective”. In the other cases, start with the “Experience”. Don’t just drag it long, three to four sentences would be ideal.

3. Accomplishments:
Focus on highlighting the accomplishments, rather than just going on describing your activities at your previous job. Don’t include small achievements too, as it may result in fading out the intensity of the bigger ones!

4. Length and Format:
One page? Two pages? Three pages? What’s an ideal length for the resume! Doesn’t matter. But if it is lengthy, make sure it's worthy. As for layout, make sure it's so clear that the interviewee can find and refer to any point he want to, in less than ten seconds. Keep paragraphs and bullet points short- about two to three sentences. Also, only highlight words that you want to get noticed. For example, if one of your achievement is winning the “Chimera”, it’s up to you on what to highlight; name of the competition, or the name of the renowned society “ISTE”.

5. Keywords:
This is especially true in this age of e-mailed resumes. Examine five to 10 job ads in your field and look for adjectives that are repeated when describing the successful candidate. Sprinkle those words throughout your resume.

6. Academics:
Mention it towards the top of the resume. It is an important and affective factor in any type of resume.

7. Stick to it:
When writing a resume, many people mention small things which are not important. That is not at all advisable. Even if you do that while applying for small organizations to boost up your resume as much as you can, just stick to them. Those small points could be used against you by putting you in tricky situations and making you to contradict your own points.

  Besides these, don’t forget to mention your personal strengths (optional), personal detains and a declaration towards the end of the resume. In general, there would be thousands of applications and if they can’t quickly find any detail they are looking for, there is a good chance to put your resume aside without consideration.

Few websites which may help you with format of the resumes: