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Graduation Queries, 2: How To Write The Perfect Resume?

Posted on 08 April 2013 by BMMBoxer

Research and surveys have revealed that it actually takes recruiters an average of 6 seconds to decide whether a candidate is fit for a job based on reading their resume. So what are the secrets of a good resume? Well you have to pay attention to detail and make sure the important points are concise and hard-hitting. These pointers will help you understand better:

Be Specific:

A good resume is always tailored to the job you’re applying for. It should be reflective of what a potential employer looks for in an ideal candidate. Hence your resume needs to be more industry-specific than plain generic.

Important Details:

  • Put your name, address and contact details right at the top.
  • Should you state an objective? Only do that when you’re certain that the objective stands out and fits the job profile. Don’t be generic or philosophical.
  • Make sure to state only relevant work experience. While certain job skills are transferrable and form the crux of every working employee, don’t get into frivolous details which have no bearing on the present job.
  • List out your accomplishments and subtly make them stand out. Remember, these aren’t qualities you believe you possess. Rather works which have helped you gain credit and recognition. Preferably put your accomplishments in bullet points.
  • Keep education based information brief. Experienced candidates choose to keep information about academic degrees at the end of the resume. However if you’re graduate applying for a first job, then it would help being elaborative with respect to your academic success.
  • In today’s world, a lot of job searches take place online. Hence it is important to include job specific keywords in your resume which are reflective of the skills you possess.

Other Details:

It helps to not include information like your hobbies and references. In the professional world, recruiters don’t have too much time to worry about what you like doing outside the office space. More over if they are interested in referencing you up, they will ask.

Length of Resume:

Your length of resume should mirror your years of experience. Work experience does count for a lot, especially if it pertains to the same industry.

Supplementary Points:

  • Present the details in your resume in a chronological order which makes it easier for the recruiter to find important details.
  • Don’t just fill your resume with information. Rather balance the content with the right amount of white space.
  • Sometimes it helps to take an innovative route and create your own resume template rather than stick to a basic one. However make sure this is industry appropriate.

While there’s no pre-defined formula to crack a job with a resume, following these guidelines is sure to help. Stick to your strong points and keep it as simple as possible, that’s sure to leave a mark on any recruiter.

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A BMM Graduate’s Resume – 7 Fabulous Tips To Writing It Right

Posted on 05 April 2010 by BMMBoxer

With the Indian job market halfway out of the septic tank and the academic year being only a few months away from conclusion, it’s possible that some people have already begun drafting their resumes for the various internships and jobs that lie ahead. To guide these early birds and others who’ve just got their eyes on the worm, listed below are some guidelines to be followed while ‘constructing’ a good BMM resume/curriculum vitae. Here goes;

1. Call me!

Mention important details like contact information first.

The person reading the resume will be most likely to remember information mentioned at the beginning and the end of the document. Therefore, mention your name, address, telephone, email, and date of birth (in that order preferably) so that it’s the first thing they see on your resume (they won’t mind scrolling down a bit to see the details that matter to them, so make sure that they also register the details that matter to you).

Note: Double check your contact details for typos/outdated details. It’s very annoying for an employer to make the much awaited call only to find that they’ve called the wrong number or that it is ‘temporarily out of service.’ Remember, we are BMM students – media and communication are our forte, so all communication media (telephones/email ids/mobiles) mentioned in the resume should be up and running!

2. Do you know who I am?

The personal details must be followed by the information most relevant to the application viz. your job experience.

The first thing to remember when penning down one’s job experience is that it HAS to be tabulated. Do not mention it in bullet points (it’s not an essay). Also, make sure that you mention the most recent job’s details first (such as current position; unless it happens to be ‘unemployed’ in which case you can give that a miss) and go backwards to the least recent job.

Give a brief gist of each previous post just highlighting the employer, post held, and duration. Please do not exaggerate/mention bogus postings just because someone’s agreed to give you an experience letter. That’ll only take you as far as the interview and decrease the probability of scoring any after you’ve been rejected there.

3. I studied hard JUST for you!

Educational details are next on the list after job experience

Needless to say, this too needs to be tabulated as it saves space and is more reader friendly. Your employer/potential employer wouldn’t like to dig past your 10th results to find out you’ve done BMM, so make sure you mention the most recent course, university, date of passing, and percentage/grade first. Go backwards from there on (same format). They will read what interests them.

Note: Do add in any courses, which might be relevant to the job sought. Your having done Level Two of Ball-room dancing is unlikely to create much buzz anywhere but the course in spoken Japanese would help if the company had an affiliation with a Japanese company. So if you are a six-week, off-the-internet, so-called ‘Microsoft certified’ hardware engineer applying for a post as Dietician, it’s more likely to irritate than help. Keep it short, keep it relevant.

4. And the award goes to…

Mention any significant awards/recognitions you’ve won over the years. It helps further the impression.

First in a class running race in 3rd standard doesn’t count. 2nd in a certain event at a BMM festival does. Unless you were a remarkable scholar/athlete in school (state level/national level Olympiad/athletics champ and the like) you can omit details of those exploits. Mention any awards you may have received after the 10th grade. And make sure these are also TABULATED and arranged in an order with the most recent on top going backwards to the least recent.

5. Say Cheese!

Photographs are not mandatory but they do no harm.

Even if the mirror does crack when you look at your reflection, there’s no harm in letting your potential employer know that. If it does matter to them, they’re not going to close their eyes while interviewing you (metaphorically, and literally). Include a photograph with a light background wearing attire that contrasts with the background (formals preferable).

6. Miscellaneous Points

– Mention details about any languages known to you. You never know when it’ll give you an edge.
– Do not bluff about current salary. Someone is likely to do their homework and come up with the correct figure. If you’ve bluffed, you’ve as good as lost the job. Not because you made them work for the data, but because you’re untrustworthy.
– One page is for personal details, one page for education and experience. Long lists of research papers etc. are unlikely to be perused. It can be clumped under – ‘have contributed to numerous research papers in ‘human Psychology’ with the notation that details will be provided if asked. Believe me, if you cannot make an impression in two pages, you aren’t likely to make it in four, except as a boring pedantic loser.

7. Resume Formatting

– Format your resume well. Use page borders. Do not make it flashy. Do not use fonts such as ‘Comic Sans,’ ‘Lucida Handwriting,’ or ‘Copperplate Gothic.’

‘Times New Roman’, ‘Arial’ and ‘Calibri’ are the best picks.
– Enclose a CD with some of the projects you’ve worked on in college (if they’re good). These usually come in handy for making a good impression.
– Mention your interests and hobbies towards the end. It’s a nice way to sum yourself up at the end of your resume.

Hope this serves good enough!

Raghav Rao -

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