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How to write a Winning Resume

Posted by:  Reema Fernandes Date:Jul 16, 2015

How to write a Winning Resume

 

Remember... A resume is your marketing tool to showcase your Professional / Career Profile. This covers your Qualifications, Skills, Competencies, Experience & Significant Achievements in your Career. The resume is your first point of interaction with a prospective employer.
 
On an average, an employer spends only a few seconds looking at a resume. To catch the employer's attention, the resume must be Simple, Readable, Comprehensive and Positive. In a nut-shell, your resume must be very well-written & "highly attractive"  to catch the viewer's eye-balls.

 

"On an average, an employer spends only a few seconds looking at a resume. To catch the employer's attention, the resume must be Simple, Readable, Comprehensive and Positive."


A winning resume must be accompanied by a well- written Cover Letter for creating a positive first impression.
 
Hence, one needs to invest considerable amount of time and effort to develop a winning resume. Your profile summary should be presented by using appropriate font types and text sizes whilst simultaneously mentioning your unique selling points.
 
Essential elements for writing your resume:

  • Provide appropriate information using short sentences or bullet points; make sure your resume does not exceed two pages
  • The information regarding your experience and education should be chronologically put together; highlighting relevant information.
  • Avoid using first-person narration whilst describing your profile and responsibilities
  • Make use of readable fonts (Arial or Times New Roman) and size (10 or 11). Arrange and space your sentences to make the information easier to read
  • Create a visual appeal using fonts like bold, italics, and capitalization
  • Get a thorough check done regarding spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses and unusual punctuation 


Below mentioned are the key contents required in a comprehensive  resume:
 

Career Summary, Major Achievements in your career so far & Career Objective/s - make sure you keep it brief and factual. 

Key Skills - Mention your relevant skills gained from your experience or through training programmes. This will strengthen your profile.

Personal Information - Incorporate your name, date-of-birth/age, postal address, contact telephone numbers (mobile  landline) and e-mail address for communication. 
Ideally, you should include your latest, colour, passport-sized photograph. Your photo should show you in a formal-business attire

Educational Qualifications / CertificationsChronologically mention your educational qualifications along with the names of the institutes, title of the course, year of passing and distinctions achieved. If you are a recent graduate you can list the qualifications below the Key Skills and Profile section. 

Employment SummaryList the organizations you have worked for in a chronological order including your designation and term of employment. Mention your responsibilities and categorize the achievements below. Clearly bring out your significant achievements & recognitions / awards 


About the Author: 

Reema Fernandes is a professional Content Writer qualified in MA (Literature) and BMM (Advertising). She is currently working as an Executive – Content and Resume Writer for Job Mantras, a sister concern of Impact HR Services, Mumbai. Reema is focused on producing impressive content for recruitment blogs and simultaneously providing quality service for Resumes, Covering Letters and LinkdIn profiles of candidates.

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