When we are out job hunting, the most important tool we need is a Resume. Writing a resume is not as challenging as one might expect, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to mess it up either. You don’t need to make a resume as colorful as a movie poster nor do you need one that’s over 10 pages long. A resume is supposed to be a brief intro to the professional that is you. When writing a resume there are quite a few dos and don’ts but more importantly, what I have seen are a lot of people struggling really hard in writing a resume. I remember a lot of friends who copied my resume format and some even asking me to make their resume for them. A resume is the first thing you need to apply for a job opening do it’s understandable. A resume is our first impression.so it can’t be bad. But the problem is having someone else write your resume is probably a bad idea. It’s always better to do it yourself and with that in mind, I decided to make this post about writing a Resume. So let’s jump right in shall we?
What is a Resume?
A resume is what the company’s first impression of you is.
A resume is the first thing you need before applying for a job. It’s a brief introduction of the applicant that showcases your skills and experiences that make you a better candidate for the position. It is the first thing a company uses to filter the hundreds of applicants for the opening. Having a resume that stands out is important, but it shouldn’t stand out like a sore thumb. It has to be attractive, elegant and professional. A resume is you presented on paper.
It’s what the company’s first impression of you is. It is your ticket to get into that interview. With that out of the way let’s look at how we can start writing a Resume.
Making a Resume.
Let’s jump right into making a resume. A resume can have a number of steps you need to follow. There is no precise rule of thumb you have to follow. But is generally nice to have the following points included.
1. Find a Template.
You are going to first need a Template to write your resume on. There are tons of free to use templates out there that can work. The trick is picking one that best suits your profession. It’s best to avoid very flashy templates and stick to some that are a little bit more refined. You can find lots of resources online that you can download as .doc files to fill out your resume. I will attach the template I used for my resume here. You can find some other free templates here.
You can even use tools like resume builders to get the job done faster like myperfectresume to quickly build up your resume
This does cost around $3 for a 14-day membership or $6/month for a 1-year membership, which you have to pay $71.40 upfront (but 14 days is more than enough), but once you download the template you can use it as long you want. $3 for a resume you can use all the time is not a bad deal. You can quickly change between templates once you have created the first on, or make an entirely new one for your friends. Once Purchased you can also create cover letters, get personalized interview questions based on your resume and much more. It’s not a bad deal for $3.
Dont forget to unsubscribe from the service before 14 days or you will get charged around $24 every 4 weeks. It’s a good idea to set an alarm on the 12th day.
We have tried using their resume builder and was very helpful. A great idea is to make an account with 3 or more of your friends and split the bill, as the site allows for unlimited downloads, you all can have your resumes ready in under 15 minutes. Another thing is that they will look professionally done.
You can also use free resume builders like NovoResume too.NovoResume is free to use and helps to make your resumes faster and easier. They have a great selection of templates to choose from. You can export your resume in PDF format here.
2. Write an overview
An overview is a short description of the professional who is you. It’s not a required field and you can totally skip this if you feel like it. You can put in your long-term aim or objective here too. Your aim/objective has to be well thought out of and well established. It has to be relevant to the company you are applying too as well. Don’t go for something broad like ‘to pursue knowledge for improving my skills as a professional’ and lines from someone else’s blog. Write what you think is your goal. If you have trouble fixing a goal you can avoid writing them entirely and say you have not fixed on a long-term goal so far and are focusing on short-term goals for the time being. No matter what DO NOT write the lined from sample resumes you find online. If you found those lines on the internet then everyone else might have found it as well and the interviewer might have read those before as well. This gives away the fact that you have not spent any work on your resume. Trust me, that’s bad.
3. Add your picture
It’s great to put your picture on the resume. The interviewer does not know you. Having your picture on the resume encourages the recruiter to pick your resume over the ones without a photo. Use your recent passport photo. Don’t use any selfies or photos taken from mobile phones. Always use a professionally taken one.
4. Name and Contact Details at the top Left.
I know this might seem obvious but a lot of people forget to add their name and contact details at the top of the resume. If you are selected the company needs to contact you. So it’s reasonable to have that information at the very first section of your resume.
The next section is to list out your educational qualification. Every job has its own set of requirements and education qualifications. So having the appropriate qualification is necessary. List out you Highschool, higher secondary and degree qualification. If you have too many qualifications list out the latest 4 or 5. You shouldn’t list out every single course you have taken. Just list the most important ones. The trick is knowing when it’s too much.
A Resume is how you want it to be.. there is no particular order for the titles , you can add them in any order you like. You can let your creativity lose just a little and make something unique.
Your technical skills?
What kind of technical skills do you have? Ask yourself this question and make a list of them. Find out which of them are relevant to the job you are applying to and write them in your resume.if you are good at something that is relevant to the job then that’s a great fit. It’s alright with you can’t find any as this is totally optional.
It’s a great idea to have a hobby or two and it always looks good on your resume. Having a hobby in your resume means that you engage in an activity and commit to it. It shows that you have a set of skills and are dedicated to something unique.a hobby can be any activity you enjoy doing. It’s your hobby and you enjoy doing it. So be proud to put it on your resume.
Languages You know
If you are proficient in languages other than your native language, it can prove to be a great asset to your career. Letting the interviewer know this ahead of time is a great way to be noticed. It’s always great to mention whether you are proficient in reading, speaking and writing said languages. Having more languages in your arsenal means more opportunities to work abroad from the company.
For a fresher, you might not have done many noticeable projects. Projects showcase how well versed you are on a given platform or subject. You college Main project and Mini project would be able to fill this role. It’s also great to mention what skills you used to complete the projects. This showcases your resourcefulness and intelligence.
For an experienced individual, mention the projects you worked on as a professional. You can also clarify what your roles were on the projects and what you were responsible for. You could add another section to your academic projects as well but should give more priority to your professional projects. The more projects you have undertaken, the more experienced you see to be to the interviewer. These multiples the interviewer’s interest in you as a candidate.
That being said, too much of information is also not a good idea. You don’t want to bore your interviewer with every single thing you did and make your resume longer. A longer resume with more pages is disliked by interviewers. So give priority to the most recent ones.. don’t add more than 4 or 5 entries here.
It’s always good to have someone vouch for your achievements. Preferably someone in a highly respected position referring you can mean the difference between being selected and rejected. Although getting a reference is very rare, it can be a great thing. The referrer is saying that you are a good candidate for the job and this improves the companies confidence in hiring you. You could get a reference if you had ever internships in the company before and they liked your performance there. So it’s always a good idea to take an internship if you have the time. You could also be referred by your Head of Department or Other high ranking officials in your college.
These are optional and not required but will always boost your resume value.
So that’s mostly there is to a resume. It’s not so hard once you know what you need to put into it. It’s as simple as 1,2,3. By now hopefully, you have a little idea on how to get started on writing a resume. You have the skills and now you have the knowledge and the resources. I do recommend using the Resume Builders but if you are willing to put in a little more effort you can make one yourself with google docs or other word programs. If you do have any doubts or question or even some helpful suggestions regarding the topic please feel free to comment below or reach out to us. We are always happy to help. If you liked what you read so far, then How to dress up for an Interview ( A men’s guide) and How to Ace Group Discussions. Now I wish you the best for your job hunts and may you come out victorious.