By Sony Prasad
A good resume has never been as important as it is in today’s challenging times. There are only very few companies which are recruiting at this time, and their recruiters are flooded with hundreds of resumes for each and every job openings. An exceptional resume’ can turn the odds in your favour.
Resume is a document that speaks about you. It should be such as to stand out in the eyes of recruiters in a way that they feel you above all has the potential to be successful. A resume should not summarize only your accomplishments, your education, your work experience, your strengths. It should be able to sell your skills.
No recruiters go through each one of your skill or the experience; they form opinion by just reading the summary. Basically what recruiters are looking is a potential fit. There is an interview to follow for judging your skills, sometimes what we look is whether the candidate can do it or not.
What follows is an outline of a Good resume. Here are the key components of a good resume:
It is essential that a potential employer can reach you. This section should include your name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail address. If a college student, this section might also include a school address and a permanent home address.
A good summary should highlight your key accomplishments and achievements. Think of this section as an executive summary of your resume; identify key accomplishments that will grab the attention of an employer. It is the most important part of the document and can make or break the deal.
This section can also be labeled "Professional Profile", "Summary of Accomplishments" or "Key Skills.
It should contain all the work you have done designed and developed in a bullet points.
Summarize in a table form all the Technical skills you have or the environments you have worked on.
For new college grads, this entry should be your next. For others with full-time work experience, this section should follow your experience section. This section should include school(s) attended (including years of attendance), majors/minors, degrees, and honors and awards received.
This section can also be labeled "Experience, "Work History," or "Employment.” This section should include company name, your job title, and dates of employment. It should also have short description of the company and projects you have worked on.
List experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with your most current experience.
List your accomplishments in bullet format (rather than paragraph format). Discuss job duties or responsibilities.
If you don’t have a lot of career-related job experience, consider using transferable skills to better highlight your work experience.
Finally, make sure to make use of action verbs when describing your accomplishments.
This section is optional; include only if you have room on your resume for it. Items from this section are often used as an icebreaker by interviewers looking to start an interview on an informal basis. This section should only include professional memberships and non-controversial activities/interests.
Many experts say this section is passe, but if you have room, include it. If nothing else, this section signals the end of your resume. This section should only include a statement saying references are available upon request. Do not include the names of your references on your resume.