By- Parika Kalra
A resume is a piece of paper that has the ability to decide your fate. The hiring manager will select you for the first round of interview based on your resume. Employers come across hundreds of resumes for a particular job. They have to select only a few out of them for the next round. It is really hard to evaluate each and every resume.
A candidate spends a lot of time while making the resume. Your resume must be unique and contain all of the pertinent information that the employer is looking for. Recruiters do not know who you are. They base their decision on a single piece of paper known as your resume. Your resume is only a reflection of yourself and the first impression you make on a recruiter.
Here is the list of some basic rules for resume:
Template: Choosing the right and appealing resume template increases your chances of attracting the attention of recruiters. There are a plethora of appealing templates available on the internet. You can use those templates to create your resume. For example -Harvard template,.
Correct contact details: The information on your resume must be correct and up to date. This is the only way recruiters will be able to contact you for the next steps.
Summary: The summary is a brief description of the candidate. Rather than copying it from the internet, try to make it more personalised.
Work experience: Next section should be your job experience. Give an overview of your previous work. Don’t forget to include your accomplishments and the impact you had on the organisation.
Educational qualification: In this section, start in descending order. That is, start with your highest qualification and work your way down in descending order.
Relevant coursework: In this section, put all the courses that you have done or currently pursuing. Take courses that will help you improve your skills and are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Achievements: This section will assist you in standing out from the crowd. Add up all of your accomplishments and learning. Your accomplishments exemplify your skillset.
Skills: List your skills, such as problem solving, leadership, and teamwork, and provide a brief description of any incident in which you demonstrated those abilities.
Extracurricular activities: Extra-curricular activities include any kind of participation, leadership activities or voluntary service done by you.
Right keywords: Companies nowadays use ATS (applicant tracking systems) to screen out candidates. As a result, use the appropriate keywords in accordance with the company’s job description. This increases your chances of being chosen.
Keep all the above pointers in your mind while creating your resume. Don’t think one resume is enough for every job application. No, you need to prepare a resume every time whenever you are applying for a job. The candidate needs to make changes as per the job description and the requirement of the company.
Parika Kalra is an intern with TimesJobs.