Effective Resume – what goes in and what should not

In India, millions of students graduating every year apply for key positions in reputed organisations. An effectively crafted ‘resume’ is the first step to meeting a prospective employer. Old timers could afford to learn the art of making a resume through experience but not if you are seeking a job opportunity in the information technology age.

Most people find the idea of creating a resume overwhelming. Even the notion of revamping an existing resume can be daunting. Employers receive almost 100 to 200 resumes in response to a job posting, and only the resume that catches their eye will get a chance to get to the interview round and hence the resume has to stand out from the crowd.

Resumes and Curriculum Vitae both have similar purposes -– as marketing documents that provide key information about your skills, experiences, education, and personal qualities that show you as the ideal candidate.

Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.

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RAJESH asked, Sir, how much salary rise in expected salary column, we should mention
Amit Bansal answers, yes, if you have already had a phone interview or if it is on a portal or newspaper. It is tricky but you will have to play the ‘game’ here.


Guddu askedHi Amit, Does resumes development from online employment search service providers enhance the chance of getting short listed?
Amit Bansal answers, It depends. You should not depend on it solely. Do it as one of the one things which might help you to get the job you want.


nilgoa asked, The resume should be of how many pages? Is it necessary to submit covering letter all the time with resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Covering letter can really help the employer understand you well. Just like the resume it needs to be written well. While resume is objective in its nature, covering letter is like a story told from a professional angle. Attach it if you feel you are proud about it.


Psa asked, How many pages should the ideal resume be? I have 17 yrs of experience… can i leave out the details from my very 1st and 2nd jobs to fit the resume in 2 pages?
Amit Bansal answers, If it so happens that your 1st and 2nd jobs are relevant in terms of domain to what you are seeking; then do not leave it out. Do not leave out anything just because it was done long back.


simple asked, i am a designer…..can i attach few of my good works with my resume itself. in case of hard copy can i pin my work with the resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Usually design fields use the idea of a portfolio. In your case it may apply as well. Focus on getting your portfolio right and keep your resume simple and effective and mention to the employer that you have a prepared portfolio. Normally don’t attach designs etc to the resume…


Rupesh asked, Hi Amit, as i working in purchase dept. there is no such achievements which can be mentioned in resume. can you please guide me
Amit Bansal answers, Ask yourself how long have you worked there. Also sit with somebody you trust in the company and get them to help you with your contributions for the time you have worked. You may just surprise yourself!


nilgoa asked,  resume should be of how many pages??? Salaray increment by 50% – can it be mentioned as achievement??
Amit Bansal answers, Resume length depends on the your experience. Having said that even 20 years of experience should not exceed 4 pages.


pankajsirwani asked,  How important is it to mention “Objective” in the resume? And if its important should it be a “Long term objective ” or “Short term objective ”
Amit Bansal answers, Make sure both- long and short term appear on your resume. Some people use the following titles: Career Objective Job Objective Obviously the career will be long term and Job will be very specific. All the best.


Bandhu asked, I have worked for some year ITES and now I am looking for IT jobs, how should I present this transition in da resume
Amit Bansal answersRemember transitions can show your strengths as well. ITES to IT transition can mean a lot of things. It will depend how you want to highlight the transition. Are you getting into a developers role, project management role, testing role, accordingly you may have to highlight your experience(s)


mayur asked, Hello sir, Is it required to write the post what I am applying for on the resume?? Please reply I am confused for that.
Amit Bansal answers, For some companies not just the post but the number will also be mandatory. Check with the details given on the job posting.


nandan asked, Hi Amit, Why is a resume sometimes called CV? Or they are not interchangeable? Would someone with work ex say CV and students say resume? Or is the difference country specific?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes they are. Make sure you are getting the full form of CV right if you use it.


rajurasthoki asked, i did a intern in a company but i not got any certificate…. is it good to mention my intern in resume or not>??????
Amit Bansal answers, Can you get references (your boss or someone senior)from this internship? do you have a project report for this work? if yes for at least one question then mention it…


Naveen askedis it important to mention role & responsibility of all company in which worked
Amit Bansal answers, yes…role, responsibility add it but keep it very brief and detail your achievements in each role…


piya asked, what is standard font and size one has to follow while writing resume?
Amit Bansal answers, times new roman, arial, calibri are all ok, keep your font between 10 and 12 for text and use 14 for headers and use 17 – 20 for name. For address you can use 8 or 9…


ASUME asked, Hi is it mandatory to mention date of birth in Resume & also marital status. Also do I need to mention no children if married??? Please advise…
Amit Bansal answers, avoid any personal info like the ones you have mentioned. companies will anyways get you fill it up when you are recruited.


harshal asked, where i get the drafts for preparing resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Drafts are available on the net…start with objective, educataion, project experience and end with hobbies. Keep it sincere, simple, consistent and add a lot of relevant details.


b asked, SIr, Does adding photograph have some advantage or a difference in a resume?
Amit Bansal answers, It depends on the types of roles you are applying for. If you are not sure, then send it without…


deepa asked, Hi Amit, Is it mandatory to include reference section in my resume?
Amit Bansal answersNot mandatory. Include it if the company has asked for it…make sure you have informed your references as well otherwise they might get surprised with the call.


shivaji asked, is it mandatory to mention previous company project
Amit Bansal answers, The previous company project is usually the most important. You would be judged on what you have done and achieved in your previous role and work. So yes, do your due diligence on that…


Andre asked, Amit, is it mandatory to have a video resume? How is this helpful? Any tips to make one?
Amit Bansal answers, I understand that video resume is becoming popular. yet there are no confirmed findings that a lot of employers are asking for it. Check with your potential employer if they are looking for one. Only then send it. A word of caution though: Make sure the video is professionally shot and you are dressed professionally for it. You do not want a regular youtub type of video right?


sonalika asked, Hi Amit, I have 5 years of experience in the IT feild. Should I mention every project I have worked on while writing a resume?
Amit Bansal answersFirst write down all your achievements alongside your projects. Then put it down in reverse chronological order, i.e. 2012, 2011, 2010. after that you include the projects which have the most relevant experience and achievements in the resume.


Juvin asked, Hi Amit, good afternoon. I have prepared my resume in three different formats and now am confused which one is the right one. Can you please let me know if there is a correct format for writing resumes
Amit Bansal answersI suggest you show them to at least 2 people. One from your domain and one who is not. Incorporate their feedback. Finally look at all the 3 formats and then ask yourself- which do you feel is the most honest, clear and compelling.


Krish asked, how to differentiate my resume from the others?
Amit Bansal answersThe best resumes are the ones which are well thought through. To explain more, you would need to take your resume through at least 3 or 4 rounds of editing. Have you done that? Then after this, ensure show your resume to at least 2 types of people. One who knows your subject and one who doesn’t. Both these will help you make your stand out. All the best!


sunil askedPlease give me a sample of resume for accounting field.
Amit Bansal answersCouple of thoughts here…First do some searches of experts in the accounting field on the net. Go through these and you will start seeing a pattern in their resume. Second, keep in mind that accounting is about consistency and credibility, use such key words in your resume and also think adding relevant references in your resume. Of course, add references only if the company is asking for it.


ChaheYehMile asked, I am a software professional with 2 years experience in PL/SQL development and 1.5 years in performance testing. What should my resume headline be?
Amit Bansal answers, First things first. For your resume headline you would need think about about what interests you in performance testing. Have you thought of that?


Vikram asked, I wanted to know how I can write effective resume for software field
Amit Bansal answers, The process of writing a resume remains the same. But yes for the software field, you have to ensure that you are keeping in mind the job descriptions (JD) you would be interested in. Have you gone through the JDs? After that you need to select the key words from the JD and then ensure that it appears on your resume


ashvin asked, how to write resume..
Amit Bansal answersFirst you need to get together all your academic and work related facts together. For example like projects completed, whom you worked for, what you did in the project. Get it all compiled first.

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Source: www.rediff.com

Chat Date: 8 February, 2012

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