How to Build a Resume
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Getting a good job in a related field of their study and in an MNC is a dream of every job aspirant. Being skilled and good knowledge in your area of study is not adequate enough to land you in a good position in a MNC but rather coupled with skill and knowledge, you should also be able to present a good resume to get noticed by top-notch MNCs.

Understanding the Importance of A Resume

A resume is a most convenient and flexible way to present essential information and personal qualities in the best possible manner. It is a well drafted document in which you showcase your skills, qualifications, abilities and experience (if any) to your prospective employers. One thing to be remembered is the fact that your resume doesn’t get you a job in the first place but it will fetch you an interview call from the prospective employer, and if you fare well and are able to impress the employer, you will successfully land in your dream job.

The employers initially will give a quick scan at your resume and shortlist you for the interview, hence ensure that your resume is clear, easy to read, logically laid out and contains relevant information only, else there is a risk of the employer ignoring your resume and moving onto the next.

Important Aspects Of A Good Resume

Heading:   Type your name at the top in caps with large, bold type. Include your address, phone number, and email address.

Objective: Clearly mention your job objective before writing the rest of the resume and tailor the resume to the job and the field.

Experience: Include experiences (if any) with a short description of the project, your roles and responsibilities, the duration of work and company name (if you intend)

Educational Qualifications: Clearly state your highest educational qualification, from which university and your qualification year.

Other courses and certifications: Include briefly other course and certification listings such as computer knowledge, technical skills, etc., to add weight-age to your resume.

Key strengths & skills: Clearly highlight your key strengths and skills required relevant to the designated position. Place all the relevant points at first, where they are most likely to be noticed instantly.

Achievements: Mention about any awards or recognitions that you have received for your work as this will give a good impression about you to your future employers.

Personal profile: This section should be brief and clear

References: Provide names and contact details of people who could vouch and refer you for the job.

What Makes A Good Resume?

o   The resume should be targeted to the job you are applying.

o   It should be clearly & logically laid out.

o   It should be concise and informative.

o   The main selling points of your resume should be clear and quick to scan, hence use bullet points with short sentences.

o   Use action words such as managed, developed, monitored etc, in your resume because these days , some companies use computers to electronically scan the resumes to pick out those resumes that meet certain criteria/keywords, related to the job position. Therefore including the action words will make your resume stand out from many.

o   Use # and % symbols in your body section of the resume, because these tend to make your resume stand out. (E.g. Increased student’s enrollment by 15% )

o   Organize the headings so that the most important points appear prominent.

o   Include appropriate open spaces, wide margins, and bullets to set off text.

o   Avoid spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.

Latest Resume Trends:

Get Digitalize your CV: As the world has become online dependent, internet has become the prime choice to find information about basic things to finding profiles of job aspirants to fill a job position. Therefore to get noticed by recruiters instantly and easily, it is vital that you have your digital resume.

The digital resume which is the current and reigning trend is nothing but aesthetically drafting your resume and making it available online.

Impressive Video Resume building: A video resume is a short video created by job aspirants to get employed. It describes the individual’s skills and qualifications and is typically replaces the traditional resume in today’s highly competitive job market. It’s important to keep in mind that a video resume isn’t going to get you a job. However, if can assist you in marketing yourself to prospective recruiters.

Importance of video resumes

  • Unique – Video resumes garners attention of the recruiters instantly because of its unique approach. Your objective of getting identified by recruiters gets fulfilled with this approach. It is the latest trend followed by many job aspirants to get noticed.
  • Visible – Your personality, character, skills, talents are clearly evident in this approach. Video resumes will feature you and also a compilation of all your previous works. Since visibility is the core point in this approach, it is vital that you present yourself confidently yet poised and showcase the best compilation of your previous works especially creative projects.
  • Provides greater insight of you: The whole point of a video resume is to offer a potential employer greater insight into you. These help the employer get a sense of not just what you have achieved, but what you are capable of achieving in the future.

Useful tips to build your video resumes

>   Make a high quality looking video resume.
>  Keep it short and also include the video testimonials of past employers,
>  Look directly in the camera for that eye to eye contact not look below or sideways.
>  Speak at a normal pace and keep your speech clear, audible and easy to understand.
>  Stick to the basic rules of keeping to the point so enumerate your educational qualifications, past job experience and any special skills.
>  Dress up for a real interview and shoot the video against a neutral color so that the potential employer can concentrate on you and not the background.
>  Enumerate as to why you should be considered for the post or why you would be the right candidate and what you can contribute to the company.
>  At the end, thank the prospective recruiter for watching the video. Click Here for more tips

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Latest Video Resumes example

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Other ways to build digital CV: If you are not confident of creating your own digital resumes, you have an option of using online resume builders, which are not only affordable but also easy to use and it will make your resume exceptionally presentable over the internet.  The online resume builders design your resume by outputting it to a variety of templates and enable you to choose the one you like best. You can also download a copy of your resume and host a copy of it on your own private resume web page and give companies a link to it to garner attention of your recruiters. Below are few online resume building tools.

Find more online Tools

Visualcv

Resumup

Themuse

Website Resume: if you already have a website of your own, just upload your resume on to your own website and also provide the link to the prospect recruiters, to make yourself noticed.

Website Resume building tips and examples

See the below example.

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A professional LinkedIn Profile:  A LinkedIn profile is the easiest and one of the best ways to make your resume online because LinkedIn is well-respected within the business community, and it allows you to get connected with your past and current acquaintances.

Few points to follow while creating your own digital resume:

o   Use San-Serif fonts such as Arial, Calibri or Helvetica with a single font size of either 11 or 12 and avoid styles and effects.

o   Ensure that you keep the layout simple and consistent all through the document. The entire resume must be left aligned and the margin should be set to 2.0.

o   Bullet points are effective for calling attention to your achievements and skills, but use dashes rather than symbols.

o   Include appropriate keywords that define your objectives, skills, experience and the position you seek. Recruiters use these keywords to search for the right candidates whose qualification matches their requirements.

o   If you are posting your digital resume on your personal website or social networking profile, you may include a professional head shot or hyperlinks to an online portfolio. If you are uploading or copying and pasting a plain text resume to an employer’s website or job search page, avoid graphics or other extras, as they may not convert properly.

Social Media Profile’s impact on interview calls:

Besides drafting a good resume, it is quintessential these days to build a good social media profile, to increase visibility from the corporate recruiters. Most employers have shifted their focus using social media networks (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), to select appropriate candidates for the available posts. Therefore, make sure that your social media profiles are updated from time to time because it is through social media, you will be able to establish your professional identity and this identity will help you to get noticed by the professional community.

Importance of cover letter in Major Job portals:

A good cover letter holds equal importance as a convincing resume. Your cover letter should not be as a repetitive of your resume, rather it should be short and precise.

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Below listed are few tips to draft an effective cover letter while applying for a particular position:

o   Before you start writing a cover, gain ample information about the company to which you are applying for a job. Tailor the letter in such a way that it reflects the company’s profile. This will demonstrate that you have a real interest in the role and the company itself.

o   Make sure that you address the cover letter to the person who is handling the job. If you are aware of the person then address using Dear (name) and if you don’t know the person just ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ will do.

o   The opening paragraph should be short and very specific in addressing the organization’s needs outlined in the job description and show them how you can address their specific needs.

o   It is also useful to include where you found the ad or, the name of the person who has referred about the opening.

o   Use the word ‘I’ sparingly in your cover letter because the focus should be on the organization’s needs.

o   Briefly describe your professional and academic qualifications that are relevant to the role and ensure you refer to each of the skills listed in the job description.

o   Reiterate your interest in the job opening and why makes you the right fit for the role.

Conclusion:

A resume is the most popular job hunting tool and can be customized, to approach both the job as well as the company that is offering the job. Although there are no specific strategies or core standards to draft a good resume, but the above mentioned tips will definitely help you attract your recruiter’s attention and pave way for a fruitful conversation as well as enabling you to get a job.