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How To Write A Successful Resume

Published On: 18 Mar 2011 | Last Updated On: 30 Nov 2012

Searching for a new job is never much fun, but it's something everyone has to do at some point in time. The first step in a successful job hunt is a strong resume.

Your Resume is an advert for you, an opportunity to sell yourself to potential employers. Your Resume is the first step in the recruitment process so it has to be right.

The average employer's initial scan of a resume lasts only 15 to 30 seconds. That gives you a very short time in which you need to grab their attention and convince them to keep on reading. Here are a few key things that employers look for:

  • Personal Details- The first important point to a resume is personal details. Write your name on top in bold followed by the contact details below. Do remember to add your contact number and email id. Don't include a novelty email address like sweetiepie@gmail.com, it does not sound professional.
  • Personal Statement-This should be a brief description of your career focus and should be tailor made for the designation and company you are applying to.
  • Education and Qualifications- Start with your most recent education – your degree or postgraduate qualification. University qualifications will be of more interest to an employer than what you did at school so devote more space to this. Include the dates, name of university/s, degree title e.g. BA (Hons) Philosophy, and the grade you are expecting or have achieved.
  • For freshers,any internships done during the course or worked on a project with some company will add value to your resume and yourself.
  • Additional Information:
    • Skills - In this section include anything vocational that has not appeared elsewhere on your CV, for example, IT skills. For IT skills, list the software packages and applications you use and your level of competency for each.
    • Extra curricular activities: Most companies look for a complete individual.  So stating your accomplishments are an added bonus.
    • Do mention if you have learnt any other language and levels that you have completed
  • References - It is very common to give the details of two referees: one academic and one employer. Give their names, position, address, phone numbers and email addresses. Always ask for their permission first and remember to keep them informed of your career aspirations and achievements to date.

 "A good start is half the job done."A good resume is like a targeted ad. You have to appeal to the employer and his needs through the different parts of the resume that show case you and your qualifications. So get started in writing a resume.

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