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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Ever wonder what the perfect resume looks like? If you’ve been pulling your hair out to conjure up a resume that tells employers all about you, clearly and concisely, Aakriti Patni has a few tips

We’ve all been there, perched in front of the computer screen trying to put together words that best describe ourselves as we make one of our most important profiles. No, we’re not talking about your Instagram profile, but you resume!

A profile that spells out your academic and professional achievements, a resume is the best version of yourself on paper. An essential tool when it comes to recruitment, your resume is the deciding factor when it comes to the interview call. But, as important as this single piece of paper is

(it’s a resume, not a novel!), we’ve all struggled with drafting one that swiftly defines us and highlights our best abilities. We have a few resume building tips to make yours stand out from the rest.

The bold & the beautiful

While your resume does need to be conservative, it also depends on the organisation and the job for which you are applying. When it comes to the corporate world, a professional and formal resume with just a hint of colour works well. But, if you’re applying to organisations in the creative field, feel free to show off your creative side.

To make yours stand out, incorporate clean lines and margins, select bold and italic fonts that will catch the recruiter’s eye, and use clean type, clear headings and bullet points to call attention to important points. Your resume needs to be organised well, as the recruiter will not spend more than a minute scanning through it.

All about you

Make the recruiter’s job easier by starting your resume with a career profile. It doesn’t have to be an essay — just three or four lines detailing your professional experience and your skills. Modify the profile according to the job for which you are applying and highlight the skills and qualifications that meet the job description.

Include a few personal details that will allow the recruiter to see who you are, and mention extracurricular activities you may have pursued in college or school. Remember, your career profile will serve as a summary for your resume, so it should highlight and emphasise everything you want your resume to say.

Too much information

Your resume is not an autobiography. There’s absolutely no need to include your academic qualifications from kindergarten to middle school. Even if you’re drafting a resume for the first time or you have little professional experience, don’t list out each certified activity that you have ever attempted. It needs to be relevant to the job profile, and not filled with unnecessary qualifications and skills.

Avoid adding a long list of your personal interests. Your resume should be purely professional, save for a few personal details. A key point here is that your resume shouldn’t be very lengthy. Keep it compact and relevant, because in this case, length does matter!

Networking and then some

It’s the era of the digital world, and so your social media presence also becomes an important factor when it comes to the recruiting process. If you’re currently unemployed, then you should at least have an active profile across all professional social media and recruiting platforms such as LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Naukri.com and others. Also, your resume should include your LinkedIn profile for the recruiter to view. Further, if you have been professionally active and feel that your Twitter, Instagram or any other social media profiles add to your professional skill, add them to your resume as well.

CV v/s RESUME

There is some confusion regarding these terms, but if you thought that they were interchangeable, here’s hoping to clearing up the confusion. 

British versus American

Plainly, a CV (Curriculum Vitae, which means ‘course of life’ in Latin), is the term the British use for a job profile. Americans, on the other hand, use the term resume when referring to the standard job profile.

Long and short

A CV is a detailed document, one that is usually two to three pages long and is more than just a career biography. A resume is just the opposite. It’s a concise document, not longer than one page that a recruiter can quickly skim through to have a better understanding of the candidate.

Details and formats

Since a CV should be far more detailed than a resume, you have the freedom of jotting down the majority of your academic qualifications, extracurricular activities and work experience. A resume is more about being relevant and defining your profile according to the job or organisation to which you are applying. You have the liberty to toot your own horn when it comes to CVs, but a resume does not give you that flexibility.

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