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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:12 AM

Resume Nightmares

Just out of College, donít know how to draft your resume.

Drafting a resume for a fresher can be a nightmare, especially when you know that you have nothing to show in your work-experience column. At the same time you know that having no experience means having no job. But one always starts with a no experience resume, right!!!
Donít worry there are vacancies and organisation still out there looking for fresher. But you need to be careful in designing your resume. The first impression is the last impression and as you know this is the first thing that your prospective employers will be looking at.
A prospective employer will often make a snap judgment the second they read it and even the most qualified people on the planet can find themselves rejected if the resume fails to come up to scratch. So how can you give yours the edge?
You will need to just careful to draft the resume in the most presentable and legible manner.

Things to remember:
Your resume must present your information quickly, clearly, and in a way that makes your experience relevant to the position in question. That means condensing your information down to its most powerful form.

Here are some things that you need to remember while drafting your resume:

The content of your resume should have:
 Objective
o Concentrating on your immediate career goals
 Work Experience
o Your career history- in reverse chronological order over the past 10 years - with brief description of your responsibilities and achievements.
 Educational Qualification
o Your qualifications again - in reverse chronological order.
 Professional Skills
o The trainings that you have taken to improve on your skills.
 Personal Details

You should keep in mind some of these points:
 Keep it short - a ten page life history will probably head straight for the bin.
 Headlines only. The CV is a marketing document. Use it to promote the highlights of your career.
 Keep it simple. Resist the temptation to use jargon - the recruiter may not understand them.
 Do not make spelling mistakes. If your spelling is questionable use a spellchecker or get a friend to read it through.
 Pay attention to layout - make it eye-catching by good use of headings and borders.
 Put the most important information first. Leave all the boring stuff like your contact details to the end.
 Don't tell lies. Employers are wising up to the fact that some people add on the odd qualification and are more likely to check.
 Market yourself positively. Demonstrate your skills with short examples of your achievements.
 Put a short statement up front of no more than one paragraph describing in as few words as possible your most marketable skills and abilities.
 Accompany it with a tailored letter saying why you think your skills and abilities match the job for which you are applying.
 Donít think that larger fonts and capitalizing the text will highlight every point. You need to make it attractive not with decoration but with simplicity.
 Use lines to separate sections of your resume.
 Use similar formats for similar content.
 Use levels of headings for different headings

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