Effective Resume Writing

Jeet asked, I am HR professional. Should we write..special achievement of all my previous company at one place and write responsibiltiy under company or I should write responsibility and achievement under each company? Thanks
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Jeet, Mentioning about your achievements seperately highlights its importance else information will get hidden between the words.

Sangharsh asked, having over 10 + yrs of experience and my CV has become too lengthy, its more than 5 pages, please advice if its ok to have a CV with 6 pages.
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Sangharsh, Classify Important Very Important and not so Important Areas of your 5 Pages CV. Highlight on Very Important & Imp. areas that appeal to you Current and future career prospects, avoid not very important areas to be precise. However ther are so many Professional facts you share with interviewer through Conversation that need not be part of CV.

NeerajSahu asked, Hi Amit, Very Good after noon…I am having 8yrs of experience but I am not getting any call from testing domain..? what is missing..how I will know…?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, Not Receiving a Call does not mean that your resume is missing something. However it is an indicator to ensure you mention the Professional information more appealing to the Job applied for. Hope this will help you get through.

bhoot asked, Is it good to mention current salary in the resume
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, Mention of Current Salary or Expected Salary never falls under resume structure at all. Such information can be shared through your Cover Letter/email.

suresh asked, Hi Amit, I am always confused about the apt length of a resume when it goes for a first level of analysis by HR for selecting a person from a bunch. What should be the ideal length and what relevant details to include in it as I believe HR would not be concerned by the finer details say how your input in a project team was well appreciated by a client?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Suresh, Concentrate on Coverage of your Professional Experience and Key Personal Information. Ensure you have a short professional summary or Overview in the first page of your CV and include detailed information later. this will ensure that relevant details are noticed irrespective of CV length.

abcdefgh asked, how put your achivements in minimum words..
Amit Bansal answers, Hi, Mention about the Business Impact your efforts have led to, and highlight on positive implications to Business.

arun asked, naukri or any other job websites offer professional help in reusmes for a fee. is it a scam or we should try it out?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Arun, Such services are purely need based be sure before you opt for it.

shreehari asked, Hi sir i have an experience of 2 years.But 1 year in Embedded software devolopment and nex year in software devolopment.I am looking for new oppurtunities in Embedded .How can i show that in CV?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Shreehari, Ensure information about your Experience Continuity is provided clearly and justify the Shifts or Gaps between Job Roles.

kriplani asked, Can we skip description about some projects which were taken up very long ago?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Kriplani, if mention of the Project help adding value for the Job applied, then pls. do mention. However it appropriate for specific role based Opportunities.

Prateek asked, Hi Amit, I want to know whether internal certifications from company add a value to resume! thanks
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Prateek, Certification from Companies add value to your profile provided they reflect on your task accomplishments. mention of the Achievements assisted by certifications.

Vijay asked, What things should be included in resume for sales administration job in pharma or distribution for Asst. Manager/Manager post
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Vijay, Design your resume around the Particulars of your Current job Description and KRAs which will enable interviewer to assess you Better. this applies to respective roles in various industries.

Rahul asked, Hi Amit As an IT professional, what all should I include in a resume and how long should it be?
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Rahul, Mention your Professional Summary in terms of Projects you have been part of, Your Roles and Responsibilities and tenure. this will help the interviewer to have an overview of your previous career. Further to it Mention the Experience particulars into cronological order providing details of your Roles and Responsibilities and Achievements Organisation Wise. Coverage of the facts is important over length of Resume.

arun asked, What should be the starting sentence for a B.E(mechanical) having experience in civil engineering field?
Amit Bansal answers, Resume with your Name as Title should start with your Career Objective that should be in line with the Requirement of the Prospective Employer. Mention about your Technical Abilities in a diversified manner including your Academics achievement in mechanical stream and your Experience into Civil Engineering. However to strike the best opportunity, try to identify your Core Competencies Either in Mech. or into Civil and Proceed in that direction.

dasfdasf asked, Any tips for a damn catchy resume? I need it for government panel of IAS and other hot shots!
Amit Bansal answers, Plan the Resume that should address the Information requirement that helps you Justify your competencies for the job you have Applied.

bhoot asked, In case of 6 yrrs work exp approximate length of cv should be?
Amit Bansal answers, Length is not the crteria for the Best CV the coverage of all your Academics and Professional atributes is Important.

Nilkavi asked, Hello Amit, Whats basics should reflects in Resume…
Amit Bansal answers, Hi Nilkavi, Resume should reflect your Professional, Academic, Achievements and Competencies based information.

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: August 8, 2012


Issues young Indians face today-Part 6

Though we may not necessarily look at it that way, the lack of a strong role model is the greatest issue facing young Indians today.

At a recent book launch, software icon N R Narayana Murthy pointed out that ‘the number of role models our youngsters can look up to is decreasing’.

The corrupt, he said, are slowly but surely becoming the only role models for young Indians.

‘Our youngsters don’t have role models to look up to and therefore and sadly because of corruption, some of the people who are doing exactly the opposite, dishonest, deceit, ‘chalta hai’ and all of that… they are becoming more and more powerful, they are becoming wealthier. Therefore, our youngsters are getting the wrong signals. They think maybe this is the way to succeed. I don’t blame them,’ he said.

Saida Raval agrees, “There is little that children have around them to be inspired by. I can’t see a lot of people having role models. I don’t come across kids who say they want to be like person x. That also makes them a little more lost. Parents are always trying to get their kids disciplined but rarely do they see what comes out of this discipline, what is the result, who they can be! There is no such towering figure in that sense for this generation that can drive them towards single-mindedly achieving something.”

Raval’s point does strike a chord with me. Surely there is Anna Hazare you may say but, I am a little sceptical of calling him the icon of my generation, not so much because of who he is but because of who we are.

In fact, when you think about it, you don’t see too many towering figures in fiction too. For what they were worth, our parents and their parents had their set of heroes. Be it Jay Gatsby or Atticus Finch or even Feluda or Devdas. In films too, you had Anand, ‘Mother India’ and Bhootnath.

It isn’t a surprise then that many of our filmmakers are steadily turning to classics, attempting to remake them and reinterpret them for our generation.

Of these, the one film that stands out is Anurag Kashyap’s Devdas. The intelligent interpretation of the story and indeed the characters sees Kashyap’s Devdas giving up his Paro and choosing to go back to Chandramukhi.

Unlike Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s protagonist who burns the candle from both ends going out all guns blazing, Kashyap’s modern Devdas returns to his little room, back to his little life and a conventionally happy ending.

That in more ways, speaks to me not just about our heroes but also about our generation — that loves to arrive with a bang but almost invariably goes out with a whimper.

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Issues young Indians face today-Part 5

Amit Bansal is a career counsellor and trainer who heads PurpleLeap, an organisation that works with colleges to make students employment-ready. One of the greatest challenges he hopes young today overcome is the unusually high expectations they have from their workplace.

“Many engineers and management graduates have little or no understanding of what kind of work they would be doing in their first job. Everyone wants it to be glamorous; it isn’t. Engineers are disappointed because they have to work on other people’s code and don’t get to write one of their own till almost two to three years in their careers. Fresh off the boat management trainees want to work on pricing, branding, marketing — things that you can get to only after some amount of experience in the field.”

Bansal recollects his first job where during a one-on-one interaction with Bharat Puri the then top boss of Asian Paints asked him what he saw himself doing in the company. Enthusiastically he told him how frustrated he was and exactly what he wanted to do. After letting him finish, Puri simply told him, “This is what I do after years of experience. If you do all of this, what job will I get to do?”

Patience really is the key, Bansal points out, and one that young Indians seem to have lost somewhere along the evolution path in part perhaps because of lack of mentors and mentorship programmes as part of HR activities in corporate houses.

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Issues young Indians face today-Part 4

Fitting in often comes at a price. If you have a Nokia, you want a BlackBerry; if you have a BlackBerry, you want an iPhone.

Surely a young adult has more demands than his/her parents can handle but living in an increasingly globalised world where everything is accessible at the click of a mouse and swipe of a card, many are lamenting the rising materialism amongst young Indians.

Sadia Raval points out that folks of my generation and half a generation before mine — children of the ’80s and ’70s — even give in to their children’s demands in part because we never had those opportunities. The other reason, she adds, is guilt.

She says, “Most of us are working parents getting to spend little or no time with our children. Buying things they ask for is seen as a way to compensate our absence in their lives. What we don’t realise is that because we didn’t have certain things, we have certain values. So in a way it is the parents who are to be blamed for compensating their absence with gadgets and games and filling their lives with things they don’t need. We don’t seem to be telling our kids that struggle is part of life.”

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Issues young Indians face today- Part 3

If on the one hand parental pressures aren’t bad enough, peer pressures make matters only worse.

“It matters to young people how many friends they have on Facebook or what brand of clothes they wear, what mobile phone they use and who they’re seen with. The funny part is that they may be ok with what they have as long as they don’t know what their friends do too,” Sadia Raval tells me.

A friend and a mother-of-two once told me that her daughter was angry for purchasing a Maruti Swift because it was too downmarket for her. Her daughter is said to have told her that she ‘should’ve considered a Honda CRV’. My friend, a single mother in her early 50s and had the liberty of having a car quite late in life herself, gasped at the thought and quite simply asked her to take the bus since she found being seen in a Swift below her dignity!

Doctoral candidate Antoinette Landor who presented some of her findings at the World Congress for Sexual Health in Glasgow has drawn a connection between teens losing their virginity and peer pressure.

Landor explains that peer pressure often drives young people into their lovers’ beds. “They are more likely to have a higher number of sex partners and a higher number of oral sex partners. They are more likely to not delay sex, and engage in sex without any contraception,” she says.

Although Landor’s study does not include Indian teens, the findings are relevant to the (urban) Indian context too. A former colleague who studied in one of the more posh schools in Mumbai with more than a dozen Bollywood kids as his classmates told me that they ‘went the whole hog’ by the time they graduated out of Class Ten. He laughed heartily as I looked at him with some amount of disbelief (and perhaps a little jealousy) and assured me he wasn’t lying.

What he said was confirmed by India Today‘s most recent survey that revealed at least 24 per cent respondents across the country had lost their virginity while they were still in their teens (the figures were 20 per cent higher in Delhi).

“It is almost like a competition,” my Maruti Swift-driving friend tells me. “If your friend has slept with someone, you want to as well, just to prove a point and just so you can fit in with the group.”

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Issues young Indians face today- Part 2

Things get complicated when parents decide to add their two bits worth. A friend and mother-of-two likes to (somewhat incorrectly) call this ‘the 3 Idiots syndrome’. “It’s a typically middle class thing to do — push your kids into B-schools and expect them to earn eight-figure salaries at the end of their education.”

Sadia Raval agrees. Parental pressures aren’t easy to fight off she says and these very pressures drive young children up against the wall. “Very often, taking up a stream (of education) you don’t like results in a great deal of confusion and disillusionment. There are cases when kids manage to get into IITs but sooner rather than later realise their hearts are not into it; they fare poorly in their tests; disillusionment sets in and that leads to demotivation and loss of self esteem. It’s a vicious circle.”

These kinds of parental pressures, Raval says, exist at all levels often starting when the child is still in school.

When I asked Parul Sharma how early these pressures really start, she chuckles, “Pretty early on in life.”

Sharma’s book Bringing up Vasu: That First Year, offers a tongue-in-cheek view of a first-time mother’s attempts to give her son ‘everything that is best for him’. And while the situations described in it seem almost farcical in nature, the protagonist’s attempts to get her son into the best pre-school or make available the best that is there for him in the market does touch a chord.

“There is a certain type of parent that tries to push on its child his/her ambitions and there are others like Mira (her protagonist) whose intentions are well-placed and driven with the sole purpose of getting the best for her child. Does that justify the pressures on the kids? I don’t think so,” she says.

Raval continues, “Parents often push their children into tuitions and extra classes in the hope that they turn out to be superstars.”

The results however are far from desirable.

“There is so much on their plate that many students simply cannot cope with it. I have seen fairly bright students breaking down and giving up,” Raval says adding that the number of children breaking down just before Class 10 and 12 exams has gone up drastically in the last few years.”

Source: http://www.rediff.com

Issues young Indians face today-Part 1

Prayag Arora sounds groggy on the phone. He hasn’t had a good night’s sleep for a while now. During the weekend he was working on the Twitter feed for his client and managed to double their followers on the microblogging site. On Facebook, he’s involved in getting them more ‘likes’ for each of their updates; more the ‘likes’ more he will get paid.

It isn’t however about the money for Arora. He comes from a fairly affluent family in Mumbai and could have chosen to take it easy this summer before he began the next year in college.

Yet Arora, almost 19, is restless. Last summer he was interning at a newspaper office in the city. This year he is interning at a social media company. And he’s already sure of what he wants to do by the time his college reopens for the academic year in June — he has a few ideas which he’s already run by his current bosses which he hopes to execute in the next few months.

Although she isn’t from the same city as Arora, Shruti Sharma, also 19, is ‘preparing for life’. With six weeks staring at her, Sharma who hails from Nagpur, has enrolled herself in a local grooming class, is learning German and when I last spoke to her, was looking for an internship so ‘I don’t waste my time’.

Arora and Sharma share the restlessness of a generation that seems to be eager to get ahead in life. Even though neither knows exactly what s/he wants to do, both have a vague idea of where they see themselves in the next five years.

While Arora is toying with the idea of ‘doing something’ in the media industry, Sharma hopes to get into the civil services — ‘probably IFS’.

What brings these two seemingly diverse souls under one umbrella is their impatience, an earnest desire to ensure they get some sort of a head start in life.

“It’s hard to find work. And it’s ping off to see how even in today’s times, you need contacts to get a job. If I have four internships on my resume when I apply for my first job, my boss is bound to look at me differently,” Arora tells me, sounding like a man who could with a little more sleep, “There’s just way too much competition and if you’re not ready, you probably will be left behind.”

The pressure to ‘make it’ in life in the face of immense pressures is one of the greatest challenges that young Indians are faced with today, feels psychologist Saida Raval.

While some like Arora and Sharma are fairly clear about what they want to do in life, Raval says that the various career options available for young people today tends to leave them a little, well, lost.

“They often find themselves torn between doing what they want and what will help them make money,” she says.

Source: http://www.rediff.com