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					                                 Resume Writing Tips

                                    Keep it brief and concise
                                 Do not turn your resume into a tedious list of key responsibility areas. Many
                                 people even use their company jargon in writing a resume. Instead tell the
                                 prospective employer how you made a difference to your job. Provide
                                 specific examples of how the company you work for gained from your
                                 performance. Highlight any goals which you achieved ahead of time, or any
                                 special cost-cutting measures spearheaded by your department.



                                 Your resume should answer the following questions:

        What special expertise did you bring to your current job?
        Attach any special praise, certificates of achievement presented to you or your department.
        What were the problems or challenges that you or the organisation faced?
        What did you do to overcome the problems?

         In all, the complete length of your CV should not be more than 2 pages.

   Do not use long-winded sentences and old-fashioned language.
“Sir, I would hereby draw your esteemed attention to the way my talents are in tandem with your company’s
long-term goals” is a sentence most employers do not have time to read. Be specific, be direct. Which goals
will you help the company to achieve better sales revenue, a new strategy to cut costs, better management
of inter-department communication. Explain in a few crisp sentences what you do now, and what you aim to
do in your new job.

    Do not sprinkle your CV with personal pronouns
It is your CV and is bound to be about you. However, try to avoid using I, me, my in the CV.

The statement: I overshot my sales target by 20 percent and I was given a special increment by the
marketing director.

Is better written as: Overshot my sales target by 20 percent, and was given a special increment by the
marketing director.

   Connect your skills to your job history
Your resume should record your career progression. That is, do link new skills to jobs done. Also the skills
that you now have to the job you are applying for. Here is the basic resume layout:

        Lead with a strong profile section (detailing the scope of your experience, skill sets, key
         responsibility areas)
        Reverse chronological employment history (emphasising achievements in the past 10-15 years)
        Education (this might be moved to the top for fresh graduates)
        Other related topics include professional affiliations, community activities, technical expertise, and
         languages spoken.
        Personal details.

   Include industry keywords in your CV
With the majority of large- and medium-size companies using technology to store resumes, the only hope a
job seeker has of being found in an applicant search is the inclusion of relevant industry keywords. These do
not have to be a separate section; rather, they can be sprinkled throughout the resume. A good way to
determine keywords is to read job descriptions for positions that interest you. If you see industry buzzwords,
incorporate them into your resume.
   Keep references ready but provide only if asked for
Referees (people in responsible positions who refer you for the job) are the key to get a good job. Keep at
least two good referees lined up but do not list them unless you are asked for them.

   Check your resume for proper grammar & correct spelling!
This cannot be emphasized enough. Poor grammar and misspelled words cause a potential employer to
question your attention to detail and the quality of your work. With a sea of applicants to select from why
should they bother with an individual with a poor resume? Remember your resume is your personal
promotional brochure. After checking your resume for grammar and spelling have some friends or
colleagues look it over, the more the better.

With each viewing and edit your resume becomes more polished and will be more successful at its purpose-
bringing you to employers' attention.

    Eliminate unnecessary resume details
Hobbies and other personal interests should only be included if they relate to the positions you’re interested
in.

				
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