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

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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.


KELAS asked, SIR I HAVE NOT BEEN WORKING FOR 10 YEARS.WILL THAT AFFECT MY RESUME ? HOW CAN I TACKLE THAT?
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.


SAMEER asked, SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES LIKE PLAYING FLUTE, SINGING, OR PARTICIPATED IN ONE ACT ETC WHILE APPLYING FOR A CORPORATE SECTOR . Like i am doctor and applying for consultant post. Please guide.
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.

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Source: http://www.rediff.com

Chat Date: June 6, 2012

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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

How to prepare for the perfect job interview

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

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ravi asked, I am working in a small company as marketing manager. What are my prospects to enter in to big company with the same designation? I am working in chemical company. I am also looking after recruitment and export.
Amit Bansal answers, As long as you are able to justify that your experience is good enough to handle a marketing manager’s profile in a potential company your prospects are bright. Remember the key is to align your knowledge, skills and attitude to the job description.


Himadri asked, How to answer this? Why do you prefer govt. job over private sector?
Amit Bansal answers, It’s just to understand your professional aspirations. Not to check your bias about any of these sectors. You must focus only on where you want to reach professionally rather than focusing on the pros and cons of each of these sectors.


Shom asked, I work as an instructional designer and have six years of experience in the field. I have not done any course on instructional designing. Now i am planning to do instructional designing course from Symbiosis , distance learning. Will it do any good? your take?
Amit Bansal answers, Go for it.


ChanaMasala asked, For a guy with 3 years experience in Corporate World, how many pages long should his/her resume be?
Amit Bansal answers, Just 2 pages.


shanky asked, I have 8.5 yrs work ex in one company, now planning a gap of 1 year for MBA prep. & setting up family business. How difficult it is to come back in IT industry after that gap. Please comment
Amit Bansal answers, Not really. Just be in touch with what’s happening in the industry while you are away.


SHANKU asked, I AM WORKING IN A LOGISTIC SECTOR FOR LAST 5 YEARS. DURING THIS TENURE I HAVE CHANGED 3 COMPANIES. NOW I HAVE AN INTERVIEW NEXT WEEK IN A LOGISTICS COMPANY.I EAGER TO JOIN. BUT WHAT WOULD BE MY ANSWER IF THEY ASK FOR MY FREQUENT CHANGE OF JOBS?
Amit Bansal answers, What has been the real reason for switching jobs so frequently?


harry asked, I personally like to thank you Amit, your answers were simple and upto the mark without any loop holes….thanks a lot
Amit Bansal answers, Appreciate it Harry. Thank you.


ankit asked, What if you are facing interview for the First Time in your career for a Job?
Amit Bansal answers, There’s always a first time for everything. Go for it and don’t worry even if you are not selected. Be confident about your academic qualifications, your skills and carry a positive attitude. All the very best.


DJN asked, How to Answer the question for Tell about Yourself? Did we need to tell about ourself regarding education, experience which is mentioned in resume or should tell them which is not mentioned in resume?If so what can we tell about ourself which is not mentioned in the resume
Amit Bansal answers, Tell me about yourself should highlight only your professional experience or academic details. It should talk about what you are doing currently, what did in the past and what you plan to do in future and how this current opportunity will fit into the overall game plan of your professional life.


sharmela asked, Hi.. ioday i had been for an interview and i got selected for the final round for the post of executive secretary to MD but the HR Vice president wants to know from me that whether i can deal if some data base is given and i have to compile those datas to prepare MIS report which can u please understand me?
Amit Bansal answers, Well, most data is stored on excel sheets. I suggest you improve on your ability to work on advance features of excel. It seems that knowledge of excel will be critical in your job profile.


rajesh ramchandani asked, what is best answer if one has been jobless for a whileand still wants to ask for a good package convincingly.
Amit Bansal answers, You can convince your potential employer to pay you well by highlighting what professional areas you have improved during this time and if you have added any qualifications. If you have been productive even without a job in hand any employer will be receptive to you.


ashwani asked, wat is the significance of language in an interview
Amit Bansal answers, Language is important because that’s the only way you can express yourself. There are specific jobs where language plays a very critical role. If you have applied for a job like that you will be required to speak well. This will be highlighted very clearly in a job description.


ssk asked, How to convince the Multinational companies to pay you according to their pay structure in their country and not as the prevalent Indian pay structure
Amit Bansal answers, Pay scale structuring is done as per industry standards and each company follows their own standards.


harry asked, If you have not done certification but you got ample of experience in PMP… is it good to mention in CV.
Amit Bansal answers, Absolutely. Even after a certification, real time experience is what counts the most.


sun4ever asked, how to prepare for a possible stress interview
Amit Bansal answers, First thing is to anticipate stress questions. Second is to ensure you do not get stressed. Be realistic in your responses without getting defensive.


shanky asked, How are gap of 1 year in employment looked at in IT industry?
Amit Bansal answers, 1 year is too short a period to move jobs. You should have a very good reasons for moving jobs that early. However, if its just one or two instances it’s still okay. But if it’s a pattern then you may want to reflect on it a little bit.


Raj_iv02 asked, How to answer describe your three weakness?
Amit Bansal answers, While you are describing your weakness, do not talk about blatant weaknesses like short temper, laziness etc. Talk about weaknesses you have identified and created an action plan to improve. They should also be related to your professional life.


Chirag asked, What is the best way to explain as to why I want the job
Amit Bansal answers, To answer this question, highlight your professional aspirations and how this job profile fall in line with your aspirations. Highlight the value add this job profile will bring to your professional experience. The interviewer is trying to understand if you know why you want this job and its not just a stop gap arrangement.


maya asked, what if i dont know some answers for the questions i hav been asked
Amit Bansal answers, If you do not know the answer to a specific question, it’s a good idea to say, if you are given sometime you can find out the answers. However under no circumstances give a wrong response. Also ensure that its just one or two instances during the interview where you do not know the answers and not the entire interview.


test asked, My Question is if you have talent in many fields in IT like (ITIL, Manual Testing, Application support etc) but internally people select you on criteria of last project eg “Testing” But if you want to switch to ITIL how to make ppl understand that you are good in that too and do not judge on last project.
Amit Bansal answers, You can add other expertise under competencies in your resume. You can also highlight them in the objective statement. Also, while you are talking about yourself during the interview you can put more stress on areas you would like your interviewer to notice?


imam asked, M working with company from last 4 years and didn’t got promotion due to some reasons and it became difficult for me to justify it to interviewer and i always fail to crack the inteview.Pls provide your opnion
Amit Bansal answers, What are you trying to justify to the interviewer?


DJN asked, How to Answer the question for Reason for change?
Amit Bansal answers, Most organizations accept personal and professional reasons for moving jobs. However if there are behavioral issues which are reasons for your moving, it’s important you are careful while talking about them to potential employers.


hrd asked, how to negotiate for the best salary, if you are eligible for the right job and profile
Amit Bansal answers, Negotiating an unreasonably amount may not work even if you are the right candidate. Study the market scenario and see what is being offered by competitors. Negotiations should be based on some valid reasons.


raj asked, how to prepare to get better job in accounts?
Amit Bansal answers, Is there a specific profile you are planning to apply for? I suggest study the job description and then align your knowledge skills and attitude to the job description. That’s the best way to prepare for any job.


sohit asked, hi i found prom to speak in front of people who is taking my interview even I have knowledge in my field but I unable to speak in front of people
Amit Bansal answers, Lack of confidence can be easily taken care of. You must do mock interview practice with friends. I also suggest that just to overcome this problem you can even attend some random interviews without looking for a job offer.

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Source: www.rediff.com

Chat Date: 13 January, 2012

Top tips to enhance your resume

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

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aji asked, i have got 17 years of exp. i have been looking for change in my job for last 6 months. in the last 6 months i have applied for various position but i not being called for an interview. i have spoken to many HR friends.they see no ptoblem with my resume. but am still not able to figure out the reason for not getting any call
Amit Bansal answers, With 17 yrs of experience you qualify for a high position. Such positions are few and work best with reference. I suggest you walk in the organizations where there are senior level openings and personally meet the HR instead of sending your profile by email.


spider asked, Would it be better to consolidate your work experience in different companies or give experience company wise.
Amit Bansal answers, If you have changed many companies, its a good idea to highlight a consolidated work experience and mention the chronology of your employment under a separate category.


Ketan asked, Sir,i have 2yrs experinece in IT Field.i want to develop one skilled based resume aprat from whatever i worked in several field in this my current comp.so what i will do.what major points i want to highlights in my resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Create another category in your resume ‘professional skills’ and highlight all the skills you have learned or worked on. Write the chronology of your employment under a different category ‘work experience’.


Vishal_4 asked, I am working as an Assistant Manager for almost 3 years, But I hardly get any response after submitting a resume. I am looking forward to be a Project Manager, WHAT COULD I BE MISSING IN THE RESUME?
Amit Bansal answers, Maybe you are not giving information required for the profile you are applying for. Study the job description and match your skills while creating your resume.


daniel asked, Hi Amit, i am working in IT company, in my CV i had update all the works i had done in my previous organizations, i am having 4 company exp. my resume is coming nearly 4 pages, kindly advice how to reduce to 3 pages
Amit Bansal answers, Check if you have repeated any information. Can you reduce the pages with just formatting? use bullet points rather than long descriptions. See if you have mentioned points that are irrelevant to the current job profile you are applying for.


Absin asked, What should the objective statement essentially capture? Should it talk about me or should it talk about what I want to do in an organisation? I am confused with this…
Amit Bansal answers, Talk about how you are going to contribute to the organization with your skills, knowledge and experience.


Manasdarsan asked, I am having 10+ years of experience in HR with Generalist profile. Please suggest areas to be stressed upon.
Amit Bansal answers, Please mention the different responsibilities you have taken in the last 10yrs in detail under professional experience.


ganesh asked, Sir, I am working in a Central Govt. Construction organisation and have put up 20 years of service . I am working as an Asst. Engineer. I would like to join a private concern, of a similar work nature. How should a prepare my resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Use a standard format for an engineer’s profile and highlight the kind of work you have done in the last 20 years in detail.


water asked, Dear Sir, I have done my engineering and MBA. howevere the job that I have been performing in my current org is not satisfactory as it is from admin and general function. Kindly let me know your feedback? is it worthwile looking for a change in job
Amit Bansal answers, How long have you been working? I suggest if you have less than 1 yr of experience please complete one year and then move.


Debo asked, Hi Sir, I’ve been working as a office assistant for almost 4 years now. I am looking for a change in job and would like to try for a better post. In my current organization I have been helping the servicing team. I’ve not completed my graduation due to some personal reasons and that comes up every time I apply for a job elsewhere. What should I do? Should I lie in my resume that I have a degree?
Amit Bansal answers, Debo my honest suggestion is that you complete your graduation. You will always face question regarding your graduation and writing false information on resume is not a good idea at all.


Shanky asked, Hi, I have around 5.5 years exp in IT. I want to highlight a skill on which I dont have much industrial experiance, but want to move ahead in my career based on the same. How should I tweak my resume, without putting my existing experiance in jeopardy?
Amit Bansal answers, You can write that skill however be sure you will be questioned on it and if you are confident you can face the employer’s questions you can write it down without worrying too much.


MB asked, I want to the real arrangement/rather the look of standard resume having more then 14 yrs of exp in power/electrical field
Amit Bansal answers, MB, for 14 yrs of experience the more important thing to highlight is your professional experience in terms of the various responsibilities you have undertaken. You can include the chronology of your employment as a separate category.


kps asked, Is it alright to lie a bit in your resume, how serious are the background checks?
Amit Bansal answers, Background check are pretty stringent. You must provide only correct information on your resume.


harry asked, hii amit is der gud 2 send a covering letter with ur resume??
Amit Bansal answers, Only if asked for a covering letter.


chirag asked, with reference to your answer to edna, i would like to know if i have 5 years of experience and have changed three companies then to i have to restrict my cv to 2 pages
Amit Bansal answers, Resume, not CV. And yes, restrict it to two pages.


shrawan asked, Sir,it is necessary to design resume company/sectorwise
Amit Bansal answers, yes it is.


SMR asked, Does the resume formats in India are of international formats ?
Amit Bansal answers, Pretty much the same. There is no great difference in an International or Indian format.


Suchitra asked, Sir, Can you please let us know which are some common mistakes that we should look out for while drafting our resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Formatting, spellings, written correct information which you can substantiate with examples during personal interview and highlighting most important areas that match the job description of the profile you are applying for.


sriram asked, Hi Amit I am having total 7yrs work exp but only 4yrs is from IT…Is it good to keep Non-IT exp in profile or not?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes off course. However you can stress on areas where you learned skills that can be used in IT related field.


Kathrine asked, Hi Amit, I’m still in college and wanted to have a resume ready. Does including the extra ciricular activities you’ve participated in during school and college days count for anything in one’s resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Absolutely. Your extra curricular activities show how achievement oriented and productive you are as an individual. And there is so much more we learn through extra curricular activities.


Trainee asked, 1. what is the difference between bio data, Resume, CV and Profile ??? 2. Hi, I have 8 years of industry experience, but my current organisation is at loss when it comes to remuneration and promotion, hence i am planning to change, but the issue is my current designation and pay is far lower that the industry standards which creates issue with the prospect org. How to deal with this ?
Amit Bansal answers, That really does not matter. You can highlight to the HR that I was underpaid and that is one of the reasons why I am planning to move. Highlight the market package and be assertive that you are expecting at least that much from your prospective employer.


axn asked, I am having 22 years of experience mostly in Telecom sector.Currently due to the problems in this sector the last company I worked with was not doing well for itself and has pink slipped. Am jobless for last 3 months. How do I make my CV in such a way that I am not in the negative light?
Amit Bansal answers, There have been many who were rendered jobless during recession. I dont think that will add any negative aspect to your resume. However, i suggest you highlight what were you doing during these three months. When you are asked for a reason, you can go ahead and tell them you were hit by recession.


Trainee asked, what is the difference between bio data, Resume, CV and Profile ???
Amit Bansal answers, Resume included the chronology of your work experience and educational qualification. It should not be beyond 2 pages. CV is a very detailed document usually written by research professionals highlighting their research work, projects and papers. It can be upto 10 pages and more. A bio-data is a biological information usually written for jobs like airline cabin crew, or stewards in hotels or for matrimonial sites. A profile is a summary of your professional experience. A one pager usually like a snapshot.


chirag asked, is it necessary to write objectives and goals on top of the CV. if yes what are the reasons for the same
Amit Bansal answers, An objective statement is like a punchline for your resume. It highlights your intent to join a particular organization or job profile. It can also get your resume noticed.


Edna asked, Hi Amit, I’ve heard that companies usually dump half the resumes they get without even going through it in detail. How can I make sure that my resume atleast gets read. Should I put in a different color paper? Is there any way I can make them give me that one chance?
Amit Bansal answers, Edna, spend time building your resume. It should not be more than 2 pages, formatted well and write an objective statement which will get your resume noticed in the crowd.


Pridhvi asked, I’m currently pursuing my B.Com and would like to join a job and then see if I can do my masters later on. I wanted to know as a fresher what should I put in my resume. I do not have any prior experience. Do you think i should intern anywhere this year? Can I include that as experience?
Amit Bansal answers, Pridhvi, you can include your internship experience on resume. It will be good. But you can apply for a job even without any work experience as a fresher. Use the following order to write your resume: Name; objective statement; educational qualification; project work; technical competencies; personal competencies; extra curricular activities; achievements and finally personal details without your marital status.


subbu asked, Sir… i m having 9 exp. in financial service sector. would like to rebuild my resume.. what would be your best suggestion.
Amit Bansal answers, Subbu, if you have changed many jobs in the 9yrs then it is important to first highlight your professional experience including all the different kind of work you have done, technologies you have handled etc. after that you can include your work experience with names and durations and designations in the different organizations you have worked for.


sweety asked, Hi Amit, Is it standard procedure to put a photograph of yours in the resume? What are the main parts of the resume that are a must
Amit Bansal answers, It is not a standard procedure to attach a photograph. However, you may do it if you like. Include a passport size photograph in business attire.


Angelina asked, Hi Amit, is there any definite order in which the resume should be written? or is it different from company to company?
Amit Bansal answers, Usually it is different from company to company. However the usual chronology is; name; address; objective statement; professional experience; educational qualification; other certifications or extra curricular activities and personal details. All of this should not go beyond 2 pages.


sukram asked, Hi Amit, I have changed 7 jobs in the last one year. When I go to interivews they look at it as a negative since I’ve skipped so many jobs. Should I not mention this in my resume?
Amit Bansal answers, I hope you got my response. I cannot see it on my chat window. However, let me tell you, that if you change the format of your resume it will help you get noticed for your professional experience. After that you can give the chronology of your work experience.


sukram asked, Hi Amit, I have changed 7 jobs in the last one year. When I go to interivews they look at it as a negative since I’ve skipped so many jobs. Should I not mention this in my resume?
Amit Bansal answers, Sukram, i suggest you change the format of your resume, first highlighting your all the professional experience you have had in all these years in bullets. After that you can highlight your work experience chronology. Also, you must have convincing reasons for changing your jobs. If you are able to provide genuine reasons i dont think it will be considered as negative.


Amit Bansal says, This response is for all the questions asked so far. To highlight your resume, or specific things you must mention in your resumes, please bear in mind that studying the job description is very important. There are certain common categories that should be included in your resume which are; your qualifications, job experience and achievement. Beyond that you must see what is specifically asked by the interviewer in the job description.

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Rediff Chat Date: July 6, 2011

Source: http://www.rediff.com