Here are things that might help make your resume work:
- ZERO virus! You may wonder how that happens. But it does. Scan you resume.doc before you send it out.
- Your career objective. Even better if you can mention short-term and long-term. If you don’t have one I’ll assume you are OK with any role we have.
- Time periods for various positions. Previous held or currently holding. Both month & year. If there is an overlap or if you are working for different companies at the same time. Mention that.
- Your contribution/achievement to projects you’ve mentioned in each role. NOT your team’s contribution.
- Mention only those skills that you are confident with using / have used proficiently. Exposure to a certain skill doesn’t necessarily mean you know it in-depth! Right?
- Contact details (phone, emails, etc,). Absolute must. If you have a preferred time to take calls, mention that. Again, if don’t tell, means you’re ok to take the call at anytime.
- Don’t mention your blog. Please. Here’s why.
- Any gaps/breaks taken before completing your education or even between two jobs work? Such as a sabbatical, medical reasons, etc., Mention it. Else, if it comes up during later discussions, it will look like you were trying to hide something.
- Personalized cover letter. Please don’t send a mass mail with each recipient in the Bcc. It’s not a personal mail. It’s your career at stake!
- Anything beyond 3 pages will not be read. So don’t waste time mentioning each and every thing you did in the last 10 years. Read the job description and then apply.
- Read: Your resume’s got 30 seconds. Make it count.
- Your resume font is crucial. Choose one that looks professional. Comic Sans doesn’t look professional. Period.
- Typos. ‘Manger’ instead of ‘Manager’, ‘Martial Status’ instead of ‘Marital Status’, etc., Read thoroughly before submitting your resume.
- Finally, keep it real.
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