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Resume writing Tips

February 23, 2007

I found this nice article at: 


When many of you set out to write resume, which thought flashes your mind? The probable answer is to highlight our career, education, achievements etc….etc… Important achievements are left out for full chronology of the career history and education. What is left is a boring listing of companies, positions, and dates which may turn-off the employer. Many people forget that they have just a few seconds to make an impact with their resumes. The longer the resume the less chances of capturing reader’s interest.

Your resume must convince the reader about your capabilities to benefit the organization. Your resume should provoke the curiosity of the reader failing which in all probabilities your resume might find its way into the trash can. After writing resume you should review and edit it with eagle’s eye. Every word should have a purpose. Do not attempt to fill your resume with complex words. Simplicity along with effective, action oriented language is sufficient to prompt the reader to pick up the phone and call you for personal interview.

It is essential that your resume is focused on the needs of the organization. Your resume must be able to communicate that you perfectly understand the organization’s need and are fully qualified for the job. 

The absolute most important element of your executive resume is your value proposition. Your unique ability to solve business problems, meet challenging goals, and produce desired results should be the focus of your executive profile and this focus should be supported by proof throughout your career. By documenting your consistent ability to produce results and solve problems you will demonstrate your ability to produce similar results in the future.

You should be careful in the content you select for your resume. Your content should support the value that you are offering to the organization. While the employers would be interested in your recent experience you can create value from the history of your experience. You may want to document cross-industry experience like your early experience in networking could be utilized in the company but do not rely on early experience since it might not interest the employers hence do not put more stress than necessary.  If you feel early dates will be used to screen you out, subtly leave them out of your early career summary. 

Creating effective resume is not enough. We cannot predict the personal bias of the people who are going to read your resume. Employers use resume to screen the candidates. As a last piece of advice, do not put your personal preferences like hobbies, family, religion. Such things have no place in resumes unless you are confident of breaking the ice with your details.