Junk Up Your Resume
by: Vikas Agarwal
This is to catch
attention of all the professionals around, regarding their attempts
to career advances. I felt the need for writing such an article
sent a mail seeking resumes of all of interested guys for a technical
job opening at the organization, where I am working. I received
responses from 4-5 people by the time of writing this article and
was really disappointed to see the resumes attached therein. In
my view, your resume is your first impression upon your employer,
and I am sure, no one intends to spoil his/her first impression.
I saw a number of blunders in those resume, which could be sufficient
reasons for an employer to reject your profile into the trash. I
am trying to articulate them, and requesting you all to first look
at the body of anything you write before you send it to anyone else,
be it your resume.
* Run a thorough
spell-check on your resume. [very important, and I found many mistakes]
* Read it completely
and let any one else with good semantic knowledge of English read
it, to check the flow in it. [I found titles of projects and trainings,
not matching the description.]
* Donít write
much (donít create fuss over) about the small and irrelevant details,
because you need to be packed with the explanation for those things
at the time of personal or technical discussion.
on the projects, which seem relevant to the particular opening.
They increase chances of your profile selection.
* Donít repeat)
the description of the projects with each project being added in
your profile. They have to different somehow! I saw this peculiar
thing is the resume, I am attaching herewith.
those skills, which you really have!) Otherwise, interviewer having
better knowledge on the subject may screw you anytime during your
interview. For example, writing, Reading, as your hobby may attract
a good discussion between you and interview. That may end up exasperating
you if you donít have guts or wits to justify all that.
* Have a specific
career objective, which really shows your interest in joining that
particular company and highlight your some particular skills matching
their requirements, if possible.
* Write a cover
letter, especially for a particular opening, if possible. More importantly,
donít let your friend copy your cover letter, if he is going to
apply for the same post in same company.