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We all do great things, but still falter at the basics. I have seen many people who send a resume having the wrong mail ID and/or wrong contact phone number, so, never receive any call letter from the companies and wonder what might have gone wrong in their job search. I have seen people who lost great career opportunities just because they have neglected the most important part of their Job Search i.e, RESUME. That's what made me to write this small article that may help you avoid simple mistakes that can cost you much beyond your expectation. Following are the basic things you must follow while preparing resumes, if you want to make a successful job search. Understand that your Resume gives the recruiter the first impression on you and it represents you even during your absence. I think it's worth to spend some time on your resume that fetches you a job for your life. -- ChetanaSforum.com

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:: OUTSIDE RESUME ::

Resume Format

Always have a .doc (Microsoft Word) format and .txt format of your resume with you. When you are filling your resume in websites, you need the text format and when you are sending resume through mail, it's better to send the .doc format.

Few companies may ask specifically for .rtf format. In such case, you don't have an option anyway.

Resume Size

Try to see to it that the .doc resume file size is less than 100 KB.

Resume File Name

Don't give some junk names as file name for the resume. If you keep use junk names, there is every possibility that your mail will travel to bulk/trash folder of recruiter. Your resume's file name should ideally denote your name, experience, technology, years of experience and company name. Keep some valid name for your resume.

Example: Resume_Chetana_J2EE_3 Years_INFOSYS.doc

Example: Resume_Chetana_FRESHER_B Tech_Computers.doc

Exclusive Mail IDs

Use only one (or maximum of 2) mail Ids exclusively for the purpose of recruitments. Do NOT use those mail Ids for any other purpose (Especially you should not use it for subscribing to any GROUP mails or FORWARD mails).

Standard Mail Service Providers

You must be careful about the service providers in which you open a mail account. Don't use the mail Ids/accounts from non-standard service providers. If they disconnect services suddenly, your mail ID fails and you need to resend resumes with new mail Id to all the companies you have already applied. So, always try to create mail Ids with standard service providers like Yahoo, Rediff, Google etc.

Choose both mail Ids from different mail service providers. In case, if one service provider experiences technical problems, you can use the other service provider.

Mail Space

Always see to it that at least 50 % of your mailbox size is free. Delete unnecessary mails periodically.

Send from same mail ID

While sending the resume, preferably send it from the mail ID you have mentioned in your resume.

Always keep a copy

While sending the resume, always keep a CC/BCC to your mail ID (or at least keep your sent items ON) so that you will know whether the resume is attached properly and/or whether it's traveling to bulk mail folder.

Subject Line

If the company mentions that a specific 'Job Code' has to be written in Subject Line, write that. If nothing specific, then give a proper subject line for your mail.

Example: Resume - J2EE - 3 Years Experience - INFOSYS - Bangalore

Covering Letter

Always try to include a "short" covering letter just containing your experience, current location, contact details (address & phone number) current company name, technology you are working in. Don't write too long covering letters. No HR will spend time on reading your long letters.

Short is Sweet

Don't make the resume too long. Keep it short & sweet. It should be less than 3 pages (and up to a maximum of 4). The HR will hardly have 1 minute to glance at your resume. He won't have the time to read story-like resume. So, be precise, clear and straight to the point.

Better use bullets for mentioning important points.

Check BULK mail folder

Check the BULK mail folder before blindly emptying it. I have seen people who lost call letters because of it.

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:: INSIDE RESUME ::

Header & Footer !

Always have a header & footer in your resume.

Header can contain a simple heading of your resume.

Footer should preferably contain the page number.

First Page is the best page to convey all about you !

Typically the HR expects all the important details in the first page. He receives hundreds of resumes and hardly gets 1 minute to look at your resume and so he won't bother to search your resume for the required details, if the details are not found in his first glance at your resume.

The first page of resume must contain the following things:

Personal Details : Full Name, Date of Birth, Passport Number.

Current Contact Details : Full Contact Address, Contact Phone Numbers, Mail ID & Alternate Mail ID.

Work Experience Summary : All the companies you have worked so far, Company Address, Website, Dates of Duration in each Company. Don't assume that everyone knows about your company. (You can highlight if your current company has any good quality levels like CMM/CMMI)

Job Responsibilities : Your job profile in your past companies. For example, you should highlight that you are working as 'Module Leader leading a team of 6 people' in your current company.

Skill Set Summary : Highlight all the technologies you know well. Don't include any technologies you have not worked on.

Certifications : Include any relevant certifications you have. That gives you an edge over others.

Education Details Summary : Your Post Graduation, Graduation, Intermediate, 10 th details, Aggregate Percentage, Year of Pass out (Most important).

Contact Details at the top, not at bottom !

Contact Details should be at the top of resume, not at the bottom.

Never include the contact details in Header or Footer. They won't be visible properly.

Always provide an alternate mail ID !

Always provide an 'Alternate Mail Id' also (in case your original mail Id fails, it will be useful).

Do NOT give more than 2 mail Ids in resume. The recruiters as well as you will get confused which mail Id to send/receive call letters.

No one can save you if your Mail ID fails !

Check the mail Ids you provided in CV by sending a trial mail. (I have seen people giving Yahoo.com instead of Yahoo.co.in. If the mail Id fails when HR sends you call letter, no one can save you in this world. No HR will resend the call letter if your mail ID fails.)

Never use official mail ID ! (for Experienced people)

NEVER use OFFICIAL MAIL ID or OFFICIAL PHONE NUMBER in the resume. You must always provide the Personal mail Id & Personal Phone/Mobile Number. You can give the OFFICIAL MAIL ID for reference at the end the resume.

Spell Check !

Always perform a spell check and grammar check on the resume. You don't deserve a job if you can't write your resume without mistakes.

There is nothing wrong in getting your resume reviewed by someone else. They might catch the mistakes that your eyes can never detect.

Educational details are important !

People (especially experienced people) think that they don't need to give the educational details. But they are important. If not all details, at least give the highest qualification, college/university name and aggregate percentage. (Some HR people simply delete the resumes without educational details.)

Reverse Chronological order !

Your latest job profile is more important than your first one. So, always write the details in reverse chronological order (start with the latest) especially when you are listing previous company details or educational qualification details.

Avoid Irrelevant Details !

Write straight to the point and only the details relevant to the job. (You don't need to include your family tree or how many children you have or what your wife does.)

Do not write stereotype sentences like 'I am sincere, intelligent, hardworking' etc. That's childish. Who in this world is not hardworking by the way?

Use simple Language !

Use simple English. You don't need to write complex jargon in the resume.

Write the Crux of Projects !

Don't write all about your projects. That will make the resume very lengthy. Write only the crux of the information. Following details would be enough.

Project Name, Team Size, Client Name, Duration of Project.

Short description of project (Not more than 5 to 6 lines).

Your role in project (This is very important).

Technologies used in project.

You should convey where you want to work !

Always include the following clearly in resume:

'Current Location' (mandatory). I have seen resumes in which there is no clue of where they are working currently. How can they expect a call letter ?

'Desired Location' (if you have a preference). Anyway freshers typically will not have a choice for the desired location. They better not to include it.

Experience !

Project Training done in your final academic year does not come under professional work experience. You can mention it, but not under 'Work Experience' section.

Always highlight your onsite (customer interaction experience) in your resume. That gives you an edge over others.

Salary Details

Better not to include current & expected compensation details in resume. You can convey them when you are asked to provide them during interview.

You are not submitting the application for matrimonial !

Do not include any photos in the resume unless specifically asked by the company.

You are not writing a love letter !

Avoid unwanted graphics: Either in resume or the covering letter, avoid jazzy graphic images, emoticons or multiple colors.

Avoid jazzy fonts: Preferably use some professional font (Arial or Times or Verdana) and use the same across. Use same font size across the resume (except for headings). Don't write each line in a different font and size.

However, you can use some decent shades (preferably gray color), to highlight important information. That makes the resume to look good when a printout is taken.

Take a print and see !

Take a printout of your resume and see. If you do not like it in the first look, the same will be with recruiters. (I know HR people who called candidates based on attractive resume.) So, revise it again.

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DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHED SAMPLE RESUME FOR FRESHERS

Note: Only Registered Members can download below attachment.

Resume_Chetana_FRESHER_BTech_Computers.doc

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Another thing , I would like to add, never ever send your resume to too many companies/consultants at one go, rather take your time to send your resume to them one by one . Else your mail may go to employer's bulk/spam folder as well.

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please tell me where v have 2 include the subjaect line i.e.job code and location 2 send 4 infosys????????????????

on the top of our resume ????????

plz reply soon!!!!

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please tell me where v have 2 include the subject line i.e.job code and location 2 send 4 infosys???????????????? on the top of our resume ????????

Hello dear,

You can check below Infosys link to know what Subject Line to be written.

http://www.chetanasforum.com/index.php?showtopic=192

 

'Subject Line' means NOT in the resume. It refers to the Subject Line of your mail in which you attach your resume.

 

Just compose a new mail in your mail box, attach the Word Document of your resume and then write 'Job Code - Location' in the Subject Line of your mail. Don't write anything else.

 

Let me know if you still have a doubt.

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Never use cc/Bcc while mailing your resume to HR. Just use To address, subject, and body.Also try to send Emails from different id after couple of months.

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some more things to keep in mind

 

- Always check your resume for virus before sending it

- send the resume in pdf format as the size is small. there can be issues with opening word file if the HR's window version is different than that of yours.

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Has anybody used resume writing service from naukri , monster ,etc ? Did it help or you reverted back to your old resume ?

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This is really very nice and use full tips and loads of thanks.Can you please attache or provide us a experience resume as of in the above format which will be very help full to us.Thanks in Advance .

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Great tips, and truly said, never include your contact details at the bottom of the resume, instead always put these at the top.

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Welcome to the Resume & Interview Tips Community! We want this community to be a forum for you to share advice and best practices about preparing your CVs and interviewing for jobs. We know that many of you are interested in finding a job at Google and we hope to give you all of the information you need to put your best foot forward. With employers receiving hundreds of resumes, today's resume writing requires you catch an employer's attention within a glance. Resume writing is critical in controlling the image you present to employers.

 

Content Of Your Resume:

Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, web site address All your contact information should go at the top of your resume. opportunity An objective tells potential employers the sort of work you're hoping to do. Be specific about the job you want. For example: 1. To obtain an entry-level position within a financial institution requiring strong analytical and organizational skills .

 

Education:N

ew graduates without a lot of work experience should list their educational information first. Alumni can list it after the work experience section. 1. Your most recent educational information is listed first 2. Include your degree (A.S., B.S., B.A., etc.), major, institution attended, minor/concentration 3. Add your grade point average (GPA) 4. Mention academic honors 5. Differentiate Degrees / Diploma's

 

Work Experience:

Briefly give the employer an overview of work that has taught you skills. Include your work experience in reverse chronological order-that is, put your last job first and work backward to your first, relevant job.

 

Include:

1. Title of position

2. Name of organization

3. Location of work (town, state)

4. Dates of employment

5. Describe your work responsibilities with emphasis on specific skills and achievements.

 

Project Details:

Do not hesitate writing your project details as this area reflects to hands on experience. So mention the technology that are used for implementation.

 

Include:

1. Project Name Client Team Size Duration Project Description Role / Responsibilities / KRAs Designation in Project

2.Technologies used in Project.

 

Other Information:

As additional information in your resume you may want to add: 1. Key or special skills or competencies 2. Leadership experience in volunteer organizations 3. Participation in sport ..

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hello,,

this is steplink

thank you for give the right Resume information...

It is right method for Resume writing....

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Important Note from ChetanaS :

 

# Please read and reply to this thread with any doubts you have or your point of views.

 

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where should be reference name mentioned & what sholud be the cody of the email while sending resumes to HR

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If your resume is targeted at a specific employer or career path, learn all you can about what they need. Make sure you know what qualities will most benefit the employer and think about how your abilities match those qualities.

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thanks bro its realy helpfull for me

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1) Use Good format and Indentation for your resume

There are millions of candidates searching for jobs and each of them bombards lots of resume to their desired companies for different job vacancies. Just imagine you in the hiring situation, can u read the entire resume?

Definitely not! 25 seconds would be the maximum time allocated for your resume. In such cases you need to provide good formatting, readable and attractive resume to save more time.

Give proper headings, indent margins.

Use bold, italic and underlined options whenever required.

Bullets can be used for catchy points.

2) Use Verbs

Using specific verbs in your resume is not only mandatory but also attractive for it will provide a clear view of what your actual job profile was or is. For instance anyone can say “Worked as a programmer” and that doesn’t really provide any detailed description about your profile. Instead use words like organized or project-head for entry-level engineer.

3) Serve your resumes with respect to the industries

If you are applying for journalist job or some creative writing job then you can decorate your resume with creative words or sometimes pictures too but if you are applying for the job of mechanical engineer in a company like L & T then you need to be a professional in presenting your resume and providing a creative resume will not serve your purpose over here. Just be clear, crisp and neat.

4) Try using new words like Career Summary instead of Objective

Right from the beginning always have a motto of impressing your hiring manager, remember you just have 25 seconds for that. Do not follow the crowd in using the same words like “Objectives” or “Aim”, be different! Career Summary will actually provide you details about who you are and what you actually do in a profile. Just be creative and attractive!

A resume is the first impressive connect between the candidate and the hiring manager. As the saying goes “First Impression is the Best Impression”. Impress your hiring manager and market yourself by using these resume writing tips:

1) Use Good format and Indentation for your resume

There are millions of candidates searching for jobs and each of them bombards lots of resume to their desired companies for different job vacancies. Just imagine you in the hiring situation, can u read the entire resume?

Definitely not! 25 seconds would be the maximum time allocated for your resume. In such cases, you need to provide good formatting, readable and attractive resume to save more time.

Give proper headings, indent margins.

Use bold, italic and underlined options whenever required.

Bullets can be used for catchy points.

2) Use Verbs

Using specific verbs in your resume is not only mandatory but also attractive for it will provide a clear view of what your actual job profile was or is. For instance anyone can say “Worked as a programmer” and that doesn’t really provide any detailed description of your profile. Instead, use words like organized or project head for the entry-level engineer.

3) Serve your resumes with respect to the industries

If you are applying for journalist job or some creative writing job then you can decorate your resume with creative words or sometimes pictures too but if you are applying for the job of mechanical engineer in a company like L & T then you need to be a professional in presenting your resume and providing a creative resume will not serve your purpose over here. Just be clear, crisp and neat.

4) Try using new words like Career Summary instead of Objective

Right from the beginning always have a motto of impressing your hiring manager, remember you just have 25 seconds for that. Do not follow the crowd in using the same words like “Objectives” or “Aim”, be different! Career Summary will actually provide you details about who you are and what you actually do in a profile. Just be creative and attractive!

5) Express your achievements in quantity

The only mistake which most of the fresher software engineer do is providing too many theoretical details like CISCO, CCNA courses. The hiring manager doesn’t need your biography of academic or professional achievements. You need to market your skill in the given 25 seconds of reading time by the hiring manager. So just mention highlighted points of your achievements, make it numerically expressive or in terms of percentages to attract the manager.

6) Use PAR process

Problem: What was the challenging situation?

Action: How did you manage it?

Result: What did you achieve from that?

This would give a clear picture about your working, plan, and action.

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following are the resume tips.

1. USE TECHNICAL SUMMARIES INSTEAD OF GENERAL SUMMARIES:

General summaries can help if utilized sparingly and optimally. Technical summaries are more useful, in light of the fact that the first individual perusing your resume could be non-technical and just sufficiently educated to search for keywords. 

2. NO SUBSTITUTE FOR QUALITY WRITING:

Lengthy paras or bulletin are mind desensitising, yet short rough sentences can seem oversimplified. The perfect resume ought to have a mix of short sections and bullets — or even only bullets.

3. GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE ATTENTION PLANS:

Remember that majority of the hiring individuals read resumes about half portion down the page/screen before choosing on the off chance that they will keep perusing

4. DATES ARE VITAL AND MATTER:

Be crystal clear regrading your dates of joining. Most organizations need to see months, not years — particularly in the event that you have quite a few switches or in the event that you are right now unemployed 

5. HIGHLIGHT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS, NOT ONLY JOB FUNCTIONS:

The details regarding your positions ideally ought to be a blend of a broad overview and particular achievements. That way, recruiters will recognize what you did everyday, additionally what impact your tasks had on the organization or department at large.

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Here are some resume writing tips for experienced :

1. STICK TO EMPLOYMENT ONLY:

2. FORMATTING:

3. ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF YOUR WORK HISTORY

4. IT LIES IN THE DETAILS:

5. COMING UP WITH UNIQUE HISTORIES:

1. STICK TO EMPLOYMENT ONLY:

Name the section either “Work Experience,” “Work History,” “Employment Experience,” “Employment History” or whatever another title that compactly uncovers what the section involves. It should just incorporate experience for which you were paid. This incorporates full-time jobs, part-time jobs, freelance work, temporary jobs, and projects for which you were a piece of temporarily. It does exclude volunteer jobs, or some other sort of unpaid, charity/social work.

On the off chance that you do feel there are unpaid jobs that the employer should think about, the information ought to go in its own particular area. Mark it “Relevant Experience” or “Other Experience.” Write in a similar way you will write work history.

Seek the help of a professional resume service, if you think you will benefit.

2. FORMATTING:

While there is no specific rule as far as formatting is concerned, you need to discover a resume pattern that is speaking to the eye. Many opt for columns, with info such as organization name, dates, and position on the left side and descriptions and duty on the right-hand side. for more details:  Resume writing tips for Experience

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