A power packed resume......

A resume is a tool with one specific purpose:
                                                to win an interview.
A great resume does not just tell the employer what you have done but it convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in the new position or career you have applied for.

So how do we write a great resume?
A question that is most frequently asked by most freshers and experienced candidate. Here are some tips on writing a good resume.

Tip 1: Focus on the employer's needs and not yours
Let us for a moment imagine that you are the person who will be doing the hiring. Ask yourself:
         What would make someone a perfect candidate?
         What does the employer really wants?
You can gather hints for these questions from the advertisement you saw or by asking employees of the same company or in the same field. You could even call the prospective employer and ask them what they want.(Slightly dicey but worth the try). Besides you could also ask the career agency you are going through.
Don't make wild guesses unless you have to. It is very important to do this step well. Every succeeding step in producing a finished document should be part of your overall intention to convey to the prospective employer that you are truly an exceptional candidate.

Tip 2: Focus on your abilities & achievements
Think of everything you have ever done that would fit you perfectly with what is wanted by the prospective employer. Look for connections between what you have done and what the employer is looking for. What do you have to offer the prospective employer?

Tip 3: Divide your resume in two sections
In the first section, you make assertions about your abilities, your qualities and your achievements. In the second section, you back your assertions with evidence of what you actually did. This where you list and describe the jobs you have held, your education, etc.

Tip 4: The objective
You start writing your resume by naming your intended job i.e. the objective of your resume in "Objective" section. This is the place where you tell them, what they are looking for is what you are looking for. What are the two or three qualities, abilities or achievement that would make you a candidate stand out as truly exceptional for that specific job. Do not use fluffy phrases, which are obvious or do not mean anything. It is always a good practise that you should write a different objective (hence a different resume) for each company you apply.

Example of an objective
OBJECTIVE - a sales position in your organisation where you would need to generate new accounts, reach/exceed sales targets and improve customer relations.

Tip 5: Summary
"Summary and qualifications" consists of several concise statements that focus the reader's attention on the most important qualities, achievements and abilities you have to offer - those qualities that are the most compelling demonstrations of why they should hire you unstead of the other candidates. The summary is the one place to include professional characteristics (extremely energetic, a gift for solving complex problems, a natural salesman, exceptional interpersonal skills, committed to excellence, etc.) which may be helpful in winning the interview.

Tip 6: Skills and accomplishments
In the summary, you focussed on your most special highlights. Here you tell them what results you produced, what happened as a result of your efforts, what you are especially gifted or experienced at doing. Detail out the most important highlights in your summary. Put your skills and accomplishments in the order of importance, for the desired career goal.

Tip 7: Experience
List jobs in reverse order. Don't go into detail on the jobs early in your career; focus on the most recent and/or relevant jobs.

Tip 8: Education
List educational qualifications in the reverse chronological order. Your degrees followed by certificates and advanced training certificates. Set degrees apart so they are easily seen. Put bold face for the most impressive ones. Inclusion of marks scored is very vital. List selected course work or projects done in during the course of your studies, as this will help to add to your qualifications. Include any advanced training done by you and is relevant to the targeted job.
A summary of important informations about your qualifications would be very impressive.

Tip 9: Awards, Professional affiliations / Memberships
Include only those that are current and will be relevant and impressive. Include leadership roles if appropriate.

Tip 10: Check list for a better presentation

  • Simple clean structure.

  • Very easy to read.

  • Symmetrical.

  • Well Balanced.

  • Uncrowded. As much white space between sections of writing as possible.

  • Maximum use if italics, capital letters, bullets, boldface and underlining. With uniformity and consistency.

  • Writing concise and to the point. Keep sentences as short and direct as possible. Eliminate any extraneous information and any repetitions.

  • No room for errors. No typographical errors. No spelling errors. No grammars, syntax or punctuation errors. No error of fact.

  • Liberal use of power words. For every skill, accomplishment, or job described, use the most impressive verb you can think of(It should be accurate).