What makes a good resume?
A fresher wrote a Career Objective in his resume-
“Seeking a challenging role in a reputable organization within a fast-paced & learning-oriented environment to utilize my dynamic skills for the growth of the organization as well as enhance my knowledge & skills.”
In his interview round, HR asked him,
-What exactly is a fast-paced and learning-oriented environment?
‐What are the dynamic skills you possess?
Well, he was completely clueless, stuck & swallowing hard, because it was a cut copy paste that he had done.
The resume is a formal short description of yourself, which assists you in different stages of your professional life.
Therefore, it’s important to write your resume in a simple & effective manner with your area of interest. Do not overstuff it & do not write things just for the sake of it.
Red Flags in Resume
- Grammatical Errors– Spelling mistakes or incorrect use of words lead to deferring the process of your resume.
- Abbreviations & jargons– If a recruiter will not understand your jargon or abbreviations then they simply dump your resume.
- Lies/Incorrect Information– False information about past jobs/internships or personal details and Dates.
- Writing Resume/CV on the Top– Have you ever read a newspaper, which has a heading of “NEWSPAPER”. When you receive a newspaper, nobody needs to tell you that this is a newspaper, thus even the person whom you are sending a resume or a person who is reading it already knows that it’s a resume.
- Poor formatting/glossy paper– Your resume is not a piece of art. It is a formal document, therefore, font size, color, etc need to be taken care of.
- Irrelevant details– Details like gender, marital status, family details, etc make your resume lengthy. A resume is written for applying for a job and not to publish as a novel, hence it should be precise.
- Be very clear with your career objectives while writing your resume. Without it, your resume will remain unfocused.
- Use powerful yet simple words to add life to your resume. Do not use words or sentences which you yourself feel difficult to understand.
- Remember that the resume is there to take you to the interview & not to get a job. So clear & crisp information will give power to your resume.
- Highlights your skills & positive points.
- Arrange the information chronologically & include keywords from the job advertisement.
- Avoid Fit in All attitude- Be ready with a specific resume for each & every job application. Do not make a generic resume for all the jobs you are applying for. Recruiters/employers need to feel special that you have written a resume specifically for their organization. They expect to read clear information about how & why you fit in the position in their particular organization.
An interview call means your resume has done its job & your qualification & skills are appropriate for that post.
Finally, remember that your resume is just like a Trailor of a movie, a recruiter will connect with you only if it’s interesting enough.