The dos and don’ts of effective resume

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. 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 Q & A is answered by Amit Bansal, CEO PurpleLeap


Anonymous askedHi sir, I have completed my MBA in May 2011, from a reputed institute in India(Top 10-15). I had a campus placement in corporate office of a leading national bank, where i worked for three months before resigning. The reason being excessive problems at Home. I have been sorting them out but it has also made me undergo counselling for depression, etc. I don’t intend to work for six more months, as i am not in a state, mentally as well as familywise, to work. How do you suggest i show this gap of one and half years in my resume after doing MBA from a top institute. What reasons shall i state? The Truth? Moreover wouldn’t my CV be filtered at initial stages only.How do i counter that ? Should i take some extra steps like calling the HR and talking about it ?. Otherwise my extra-curricular are pretty good, and i have a very good analytical bent of mind. I would really appreciate your answer. Thanks
Amit Bansal answers, I see this as a genuine query. My suggestion would be to state family reasons for your gap in employment. However, you may want to skip the information about your depression unless it will hinder you from doing certain tasks and the HR must know about it. Also, I would suggest gather evidences about all productive tasks you have undertaken during this time to talk about during the interview. Though I understand that such situations are beyond control however handling things strategically so that this may not affect your future employment prospects is important thing to consider.

Rachit asked, Are two pages optimum for a fresher’s resume who has 6 months of industrial experience as an intern? The stream and industry under focus is Electronics and Communication.
Amit Bansal answers, Yes two pages are more than enough.

kumar asked, how to project your achievements in a better way , when there is a standard format for all applicants for a job?
Amit Bansal answers, You must highlight the most relevant professional achievements in your resume. You can mention them towards the end of the resume. There is no standard format. However it can be highlighted instead of extra curricular activities.

Dharmesh asked, Hi, I have 9 years of experience in 3 different organization in Marketing. Now, more or less the job profile in all the three organizations was same. How do I bifurcate it in my resume so that it’s more impactful.
Amit Bansal answers, Highlight more about what different things you have handled in these three organizations. You may mention some important campaigns you may have run. Other strategy execution you may have been a part of etc. Highlight all the things which will show the variety of jobs you have handled in these three job profiles.

Amit Bansal answers, Most definitely it will. You will have to tell the interviewer on your resume what other occupation were you involved in during these 10 years.

dimpi asked, is it mandatory to write ‘RESUME’ on top of one?
Amit Bansal answers, No it is not necessary. You can start the resume with your name on top.

Amit Bansal answers, I am not sure if that will be relevant information to highlight in your resume for a consultant’s profile. Suggest skip that information. However, if you feel very passionate about it you can talk about it during the personal interview to introduce the lighter side of you to your interviewer.

VKG asked, I’ve an experience of 20+ yrs covering 6 companies in two industry. I’ve CV mentioning objective, professional summary, core competencies, professional experience in chronical order, qualification, highlights on professional trainings, personal detail covered in 6 pages. Is it ok?
Amit Bansal answers, You can also include significant achievements here.

raunak asked, For a structural engineer, is it important / beneficial to put up numbers associated with the projects worked(cost & specifics of project)
Amit Bansal answers, Yes you can do that. It will definitely create a positive impact on your resume.

indrajeet kumar asked, Hello sir, I have marks 10th=50% 12th=65% diploma=40% degree=56% So the first question for the inerviewer is that: why u r marks is so up and down. Can u tell me the answer. What is the genuine answer and reasonable
Amit Bansal answers, You must state a genuine reason for your scores and you must highlight the other things you may have done better during this time. The interviewer is really trying to see if you take responsibility of your actions or not.

remoxenor asked, My resume is 3 pages long,I’m into 3d animation graphic design industry i have included PROFILE Core Competencies Software Proficiency PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ProjectsUndertaken Work Highlights EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS all these into my resume. Do i have to shorten my resume or is this enough ?
Amit Bansal answers, I think it seems good enough.

sapna asked, Will it help if resume is prepared by a paid professional?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes you can seek professional help as well.

Dhirendra asked, Hello Sir, My name is Dhirendra , I have almost 7+ years of expernce in IT. My question is , 1.should I/we write a objective on CV ? 2. What is appropriate lenth of CV of a 7 yrs exp. IT professinal ? Thnaks in advnce.
Amit Bansal answers, A career objective should highlight what specific professional and functional competency you bring for the employer. It should be short not more than 2 or 3 lines. In IT organizations resumes are preferred over CVs. Your resume should not be more than 2 pages.

mdinesh asked, Does a gap due to personal reasons in our career affects?How to show it in resume
Amit Bansal answers, Gap should not be considered threatening if it is due to genuine reasons. The important point is to be able to substantiate why there was a gap.

sapna asked, why short resumeis preferred by recruiters?
Amit Bansal answers, Resume is a self advertisement and usually made to get an interview call. Usually the details are discussed during the personal interview process.

Sudin asked, Hii I had an education break period of 3 years upto graduation level. Is it a serious issue from employer point of view.?
Amit Bansal answers, Well yes it is. You may be asked the reason why you had that gap.

tapo asked, genreally what will be the max size of the resume
Amit Bansal answers, Keep it to two pages and if really needed may be 3 pages. But not beyond that.

vivek asked, On the top it is recommended not to write CV or Resume ? What is appropriate
Amit Bansal answers, A Resume is a chronology of your professional details while a CV is more detailed document in case you have participated in many projects or done extensive research. A resume usually is about two pages while a CV may be of 10 pages also.

vivek asked, does pdf is the good format to send the resume ?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes PDF is a good format. You can send your resume in this format.

Pankaj asked, Dear Mr Bansal- How a presentation(ppt) file of the resume goes with recruiter?
Amit Bansal answers, A PDF is more appropriate than a ppt.

sapna asked, should resume include a photo also?
Amit Bansal answers, Some organizations specifically ask for photographs. In such cases you include one. However in majority of resumes it’s not mandatory.

raj asked, how to show the gap in resume
Amit Bansal answers, You can mention the chronology of your employment on the resume. Substantiating a gap in employment is usually done during a personal interview.



Chat Date: June 6, 2012


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