Sample Resumes

You may find our sample resume, cover letter and interview guides useful. As you may already know, a perfect resume and cover letter is an essential element of any job search:

Preparing an Effective Resume

What is a Resume?

Resume ( re-zu,mey) is a document that tells about the qualification and career of a person. It acts as a median between the job seekers and the employers. It is the primary source of information about the job seeker.

Need for Creating an Effective Resume

To Pose the First Impression: Resume is the first thing that the employers get to see about you. It needs to carry the responsibility of posing the first impression to the employer. Keep in mind that first impressions are the lasting impressions.

To Clear the Screening Process: When an employer starts the recruiting process, the first step would be to select profiles. When they go through profiles, the one that is most professionally written gains their attention first. Thus an effectively framed resume is more probable of clearing the first round screening process.

To Accurately Convey Your Skills: Resume lists all your education details, work details, achievements, and so on. Only when these details are presented in the correct way, they can easily reach the employer. Else, they might go unnoticed.

To Prove Your Suitability: The employers who come across your resume will contact you or proceed with your candidature only if they find your profile suitable for the current job opening. So, a resume should be framed in such a way to prove your aptness.

To Convey Your Expectations from the Job/Employer: Resume is not only important to portray your skills, but also to tell the employer what you would want from the employer. As Aristotle said, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Until you get what you expected, you will not be able to give your fullest and prove efficient. To get what you expect, you need to first tell the employer. The expectations to be put on the resume include the role you would want to be posted for, your suitable location, if you want to be mobile, and so on.

Information that Goes into a Resume

  • Contact details, such as mobile number, landline number, address, and e-mail ID
  • What you would like to be?
  • Educational background
  • Performance in education
  • Trainings attended
  • Certifications obtained
  • Achievements
  • Awards obtained
  • Projects completed while pursing education
  • Work experience
  • Name of the previous employers
  • Roles and responsibilities in previous organizations
  • Achievements at work
  • Why do you think you are suitable for the current job opening?
  • Any simple attachment depicting your best talent
  • Personal details, such as date of birth, marital status, nationality, and so on
  • Referee details, such as name, contact number, and role of your referee

Process of Creating an Effective Resume

  • List all the information that should go into your resume. Though you write about yourself in your resume, this step is important because, not always you remember all your achievements. An achievement can be as small as backing third place in a drawing competition. But, the same can provoke the employer to call you for an interview.
  • Identify your best sample work that you would like to attach with the resume.
  • Identify your strength, weakness, and area of interest.
  • Prepare a basic resume with all the identified information.
  • Surf for a job requirement that suit your skill set.
  • Identify your best skill that makes you suitable for the job.
  • Customize your resume (especially your achievements, skill set, certifications, trainings attended) to suit the job requirement.

Components of a Resume

Title: Generally the title of a resume is your name. You can also include your role, if you are very specific about moving on to the same role. Just below the title is your contact details, such as contact number (most preferred is your mobile number), address, and e-mail ID. Make sure that you give your latest phone number along with the code, you can receive any communication in the address specified, and you frequently access the e-mail ID that is specified.

Career Objective: This section is generally applicable for freshers and for people with less experience. In this section, mention what you would want to be in your near future and what is your long-term objective. Be very open about this section. Avoid taking career objectives from online. Any career objective with too much jargon and commonly seen on the Web will not be considered by the employers. This being the first section, there are more possibilities that the employer think that your resume is not your own.

Career Summary: This is generally applicable for experienced candidates. This should give the employer an overall view of what is your field of employment and the kind of work that you have been involved in.

Experience: This is applicable for experienced candidates. Start the experience details from the latest. This is because any employer would be keener about your recent role. This includes all the details of your career, such as:

  • Total years of experience
  • Total years of experience in the relevant field (this should be updated after understanding the current job opening)
  • Name of the previous employers
  • Roles and responsibilities in previous organizations
  • Number of years served in each organization

Achievements at Work: In this section, mention your achievements at work. This can include any feedback/appreciation from the team or the customer. You could also mention if you were able to do something new and proved successful.

Special Achievements: In this section, mention any special achievement of yours. For instance, if you are an artist, you can mention about your painting that was selected for an exhibition.

Education Summary: In this section mention the degree(s) obtained, the institution/university from which you obtained the degree, the score/grade obtained, year of passing, and similar details of other common exams.

Certifications Obtained: This section includes any certifications that you have obtained in any related field. For example, if you are a Web Designer, you could mention about the certification on Graphic Designing that you have received from any training institute. This generally includes any extra certifications that you have obtained apart from those through regular college.

Skill Summary: This includes the details of all your related skills. Here you can mention the software, tools, and so on that you know. You can also mention your level (basic, intermediate, advance) of knowledge on each software or tool. Be careful when you include details in this section. Include the correct level of knowledge against each software or tool. Do not hesitate to tell that you are at the basic level. Most employers take their interview questions from this section. If you mention that you have advanced level knowledge on a tool and if you are unable to answer the related questions, then you might be considered a liar. So, it always better to tell the fact and tell the employer that you are open to learn.

Note that skill summary can be customized after understanding the requirements of the job opening.

Personal Information: This section includes your personal information, such as:

  • Name of Father
  • Name of Mother
  • Name of Husband
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Languages Known
  • Whether you hold a Passport/Visa or not
  • Places Travelled
  • Whether you are open for relocating

Note that this section should be customized after understanding the requirements of the job opening .It is not necessary to include all the above mentioned details; but you need to select the appropriate ones. For example, if the job opening involves travelling to foreign countries, then you can mention about your Passport and Visa details.

Reference: This section holds the details of your referee to whom the above said details can be verified. It is good to provide details of two or three referees. The details of the referees include, the contact number, where do they work, what is their role, how you know them. Above all, keep the referee informed that you have provided their details to the employer.

Tips to Write an Effective Resume

Be Clear, Concise, and Correct: Make sure of the information you are going to put in the resume and then start writing it. Clearly write what you want to. Do not be ambiguous about any information. This might reflect in your resume.

List only relevant information and avoid the unnecessary ones.

Give only correct information. Do not boast in your resume. It might lead to expelling your candidature. Keep in mind that, “The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.”

Do not write long paragraphs: Most of the employers will not have the time to read long paragraphs in your resume. Keep things simple and crisp.

Select appropriate presentation strategy for each information: For example, you can use bulleted list to present your career summary, and table to present your work experience and education background.

Do not make any grammatical mistake: Grammatical mistakes might greatly affect the understanding and it might not pose a positive opinion.

Do not write in first person: Avoid “I” and “me”. Write in second person.

Do not exaggerate: Never exaggerate any information, especially your achievements. This might pose a negative view.

Use common section headings: Because employers see lots of profiles, they first tend to skim through the common sections of their interest. If you use a different name for section headings, then the employers will have to search around for required information, which might not be done due to time constraint.

List your skill set, career summary, achievements, certifications, and personal details based on the job requirement.

Write a very convincing career summary: Use keywords and important technical terms prevailing in the industry in the career summary. This will convince the employers that you are efficient. For example, if you are an Instructional Designer, mention that you have worked on WBT, CBT, ILT; used Blooms taxonomy in designing the course; followed ADDIE in developing a course; and so on.

Avoid redundant information: Do not repeat any information in different sections. For example, if your responsibilities were same in all your previous organizations, do not repeat them. Mention it only once.

Use simple and effective language: Avoid over usage of very high level, complicated words.

Avoid overuse of industrial jargons: Overuse of industrial jargons might not convey a positive impression but might lead to ambiguity.

Do not make your resume too personal: Keep in mind that your resume should portray your skills and suitability for a job; and not your personal traits. For instance, do no mention what political party you support, you favorite God, your favorite actor, race, and so on.

Create a visually appealing resume: Make sure that your resume is visually appealing. Do not put in unnecessary graphics or designs. Do not have cluttered text. Do not use bright colors to highlight.

Do not overuse highlighting text formats: Though you can use text formats like bold, italics, and underline to highlight an important text; overuse of the same might not make the employer feel the importance.

Avoid too trendy font style: Avoid too trendy font style which might prove difficult to read.

Avoid using all caps in title and headings: In general, all caps are considered to be commanding and affect readability.

Use uniform spacing: Uniform spacing between lines and paragraphs will make a document look neat and presentable.

Do not write for pages: As we have already seen, employers have less time to skim through your resume. So, do not write for pages. Complete the resume in a page or two.

Do a spell check: Before sending a resume to an employer, ensure that there are no spelling mistakes.

Contact an expert: If you are not sure how to effectively present any information, do contact an expert. Never create a resume in confusion. You might not be called for an interview though you have all the eligibility to be there.

Things to be Done Before Sending a Resume to an Employer

  • Proofread the resume. If possible, have somebody go through your resume.
  • Print your resume in a proper paper and printer. Do not have any ink blot.
  • Do not use color papers to print the resume. White sheet is the best accepted.
  • Identify the mode through which the employer wants you to send the resume. It can be through an e-mail, post, courier, and so on.

If through mail, look out if any format is specified for the subject. If not, mention the position you are applying for. For instance, your subject can be, “Applicant (your name) for the post of Graphic Designer”. Compose an effective e-mail and send it to the right e-mail ID.

If you send the resume through post or courier, attach a covering letter, ensure that you specify your address on the envelope, stick the appropriate stamp, and make sure that the resume will reach in time.

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