Effective C.V. Writing
What is a resume?
Resume is a True Depiction ______
- How organized you are
- Your Sense of Quality
What Can a Resume Do For You?
Makes the first impression about you. It helps you organize your thoughts. It highlights the relevant facts about you, your education, and your experience. It helps position you in the mind of the employer, thus creating a value. It is a basis for the interviewer to justify your hiring.
Why Give Importance to Resume?
- Competition being fierce, you need not just Resumes but“Attention Grabbing Resumes.”
- First point of interaction between employer & you.
- Spend time on preparing targeted, effective and error free document.
- Usually, a Hiring Manager spends not more than 15 – 20 seconds per Resume.
- A clear & crisp resume will qualify you for the
Essentials of a Resume
- Objective/Personal Statement
- Personal Details
- Educational Qualification
- Professional Experience
- Technical Qualification
- Core Competencies
- Skills (area of expertise)
Tips for writing a great resume
- Write Resume with a target in mind and be appropriate
- Customization of resume can increased chances of short listing.
- Analyze the job ads and job descriptions and compose the resume to address the requirements.
- Do not shoot same resume to all jobs.
- Highlight your strengths
- To prove you are a better choice than competition describe:
- Specific Achievements/Targets achieved
- New Accounts added/Value additions in previous jobs
- Mention the technology/skills used in different projects.
- Keep it short & Simple
- Always write a moderate size resume
- Use the right font size.
- Recruiters are interested in the latest experience/job/qualifications so maintain the chronological order- Very important
- Ensure Correctness
- Make sure to mention correct employments dates & designations
- Employer can use a background check to validate the information.
- If the data in resume is a fake your chances are zero – Be careful
- Check for Grammar & Typing Mistakes
- No excuses for typing mistakes, grammatical errors and spelling. All PC have this features to check this.
- Use Action Verbs to demonstrate that you are a person who initiate and pro act
- Make the Best first Impression
- Use best quality paper & printer.
- Good formatting may not get you a job but Bad formatting will definitely reduce your chances
- If sending resume by email use PDF format if possible – Looks good.
- Avoid sending photocopied or pre written resume – makes bad impression
- Choose a font style that looks professional. Avoid multiple fonts as it looks cluttered & busy.
What is an Interview?
Basically ,an interview is a conversation between two people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information from the interviewee.
Types of Interviews
- Face-To-Face Interview
- Behavioral Interview
- Phone Interview
- Panel Interview
- Exit interview
- Stress Interview
- Technical Interview
Successful Interviewing Strategies
- Study the company
- Know your resume
- Prepare an interview emergency kit
- Study the job description
- Build rapport
- Make eye contact
- Be yourself
- Follow up quickly
- Be courteous to everyone you encounter
- Body language
- Display your skills with concrete examples
Commonly Asked Job Interview Questions
- Tell me a something about yourself ?
- What are your biggest weaknesses?
- What are your biggest strengths?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What is your expected salary?
- “ Out of all candidates why should I hire you”?
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- What are your future career plans?
- Why did you choose this particular field of work?
- What can we expect you from first three months ?
- Describe a past work situation where you encountered a problem and describe how you solved it?
- Describe your dream job?
Participate in Your Interview
- Be honest and give complete answers
- Be positive about yourself and past experiences
- Avoid one or two word responses
- Give concrete examples
- Paraphrase the question to avoid misunderstanding
- Emphasize what you have to offer the company
- Limit responses to 30 seconds
- Respond positively to questions about weaknesses
- Use positive nonverbal communication
- Sit up and lean forward
- Make eye contact and smile
- Avoid crossed arms and legs
- Use head nods and attentive facial expressions
- Avoid questions about salary, benefits, and vacation
- Express thanks and find out when a decision will be made
Follow up after your Interview
- Fewer than 10% of applicants send a thank you letter
- May be the most important letter you write
- Provides another contact with the employer
- Sets you apart from those who didn’t send one
- Should take place within 24 hours after the interview
- Follow-Up Letter Shoul
- State your appreciation
- Sound enthusiastic about working for the company
- Explain what you liked about the position