Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Writing a Resume!

One of the important aspects of our career is our ability to present ourselves before the employers. Those who can present themselves as a confident and capable candidate win the heart of the employers despite their actual potential. Therefore, presentation of one’s skills before others is more important than having the skill itself. Moreover, most of the jobs aren’t much difficult and you can gradually improve your working capabilities even after you are hired.

One of the most important documents for presenting your skills is your Resume, also called Curriculum Vitae (CV), which is included with your job application letter. The resume you write for yourself not only shows your experience and skills but also your commitment towards your prospective job. So, if you work hard to write a shining resume, it itself conveys a message that you are committed to the job. This, consequently, increases your chances of being hired.

One thing which is important in Resume is that you should be able to tailor your resume such that you only present your relevant skills and work experience. Over the course of your career, you might have acquired knowledge, experience and skills in diverse areas. However, stuffing all those information in a single resume doesn’t help. It only clutters your resume and creates frustration to your prospective employer by overloading him with unnecessary information. Such, resumes barely convince the employer that you are the right person they are looking for.

As one writer notes, “Writing is an art of omission”! Your resume is similar. You should have strong heart to present only the relevant things and avoid irrelevant things. Those skills, and information that are directly related to your job are relevant and such skills help your case. However, that information which is unrelated is irrelevant to you and such information hurt your case. So, learn to be selective of the information you provide in your resume.

To provide a sample resume I’m providing you my own resume (Click here to view or download it). In this case, I’m assuming to get an entry level post at a bank! Note that you should write a different resume for each type of job you apply. Here are a couple of reasons why a single all round resume fails?

Reasons why a single all round resume fails!


First of all the resume gets outdated with time. So, it’s always a good idea to update your resume to include your recent achievements, trainings, experience, and so on.

Second thing is that, one for all resumes doesn’t have a focus for a specific job. So, such resumes are aimless and just provide the employers with all kinds of information about you except the ones which they are looking for.

Therefore, you should tailor your CV each time you apply for a job.

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