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Published on September 30, 2015

Author: NaazSheikh



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3. INTRODUCTION The curriculum vitae is, an overview of your life's accomplishments, most specifically those that are relevant to the academic realm. The curriculum vitae is a living document, which will reflect the developments in the career, and thus should be updated frequently. A resume is a written compilation of your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments that is used to apply for jobs. It is one of the most important pieces of any job application. CURRICULUM VITAE RESUME

4.  CV means course of life in Latin  The document tends to be organized chronologically.  CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions.  An effective resume lays out a summary of qualifications that will push the hiring manager or employer to move forward toward an interview.  A good resume gives the potential employer enough information to believe the applicant is worth interviewing. CURRICULUM VITAE RESUME

5. DIFFERENCE  Fresh graduates  No limit of pages  Targeted to new job openings or internship  10 Seconds  Used in business , government and any other organisation  1 or 2 pages  Targeted to a specific or particular job  7 seconds CURRICULUM VITAE RESUME

6. RULES FOR CV & RESUME WRITING  Relevant, clear and concise information  No typing error , no misspelling , no short cuts  Do not lie or tell mistruth  Do not include any negative information ( reason for leaving the job)  Avoid gaps  Use actions verbs

7. ORDER OF CONTENTS FOR CV & RESUME  Full name & contact details including telephone no. and email address  Job objectives (interest in specific job)  Educational qualification (reverse chronological order)  Summary of job qualification (specially for experienced professionals)  Experience (list the most recent first)  Special skills  Awards & Honours (optional)

8. DO’S FOR CV & RESUME WRITING  Use only one serif font  Font size 14 for heading & 12 for main content  Printed on A4 size paper  Education information in table format (% only if the marks are 1st class)  Consistence with language throughout  Try and bullet the points so that the information leaps out at the reader. He/she will not have to spend extra time hunting for it.  It is not appropriate to address people as Sir and Madam if you can find out their names. These are quite obsolete terms now.  The CV/Resume is your marketing tool. Use this tool optimally to reap benefits later.  Declaration must be mentioned at the end of the resume.

9. DON’TS FOR CV & RESUME WRITING  Height , weight, marital status , race , caste, religion, wealth  Do not fold your Resume/CV  Details of travel  Picture of yourself  Reasons for leaving the job  I & my begins with statement  Avoid italics and underlying  Don’t capitalize or over bold

10. Types of Resume 1) Chronological resume: A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent positions listed first. Because it focuses on most recent work experiences, it is considered one of the most common resume structures. Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it's easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. As a result, this structure works well for job seekers with a strong working background.

11. 2) Functional Resume: A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history. It is typically used by job seekers who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history. Functional resumes are ideal for people new to the workforce, looking to change career paths or who are applying for a job with very specific requirements and characteristics in mind. This is different from a traditional resume that displays a timeline of reverse chronological work experience with brief explanations of each job. As a result, the focus is shifted from the amount of time that has passed to the actual skills the applicant possesses.

12. 3) Combination Resume: A combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next in chronological order. When you use a combination resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer Combination resumes can be used to show the employer your most relevant skills, while still documenting your work history. This resume format is also a good way of answering the reader’s questions about career changes, gaps in work history and other potential red flags.

13. Elements of a Strong Resume  The Basics — Your summary statement should consist of a title and a few lines of text. The text can be in paragraph form and/or use bullets. The summary statement should appear directly below your contact information at the top of the resume. and should reflect a general (or specific) idea of your career goals.  Your Title —a title must communicate the professional identity. Think of it as a headline that will catch the reader’s eye and help them see your fit for the position at hand.  Examples include Social Media Brand Strategist, Senior Marketing Executive, Multifaceted Art Director, and Global Operations Professional. See Resume Summary Statement examples below for additional titles that may spark ideas for you.  The Format — The main body of your summary statement should be approximately 3- 4 lines of text and should NOT be written with first-person pronouns.  If you are tempted to make your summary statement longer to squeeze in more details, resist the temptation. Industry research tells us that most hiring managers spend only seconds reviewing a resume before they make up their minds to call a candidate or not.  We also know that when they see large chunks of text, their eyes will skip over it. Therefore, it is vital to limit the length of a summary statement to ensure it gets read.

14. COVER LETTER  Ensure that you don't have a generic cover letter for all job requirements. It is very necessary to modify it according to the job requirement. If you do not want to take the load of modifying the letter every time you send out a job application, your chances of getting a job also become bleak.  Try to find out the recruiters name, if possible and address the cover letter to him/ her otherwise address it to the Hiring Manager.  Come straight away to the subject without beating around the bush. The subject of the cover letter should clearly state its purpose. For e.g. Application for the position of Marketing Manager (Ref:____).  Give a brief introduction about yourself and the reference to the job notification to which you are responding.  In the next paragraph mention how does your candidature fit into the requirements of the notified job opening. May be you can pick up 4-5 important points from the job profile and write about your qualifications opposite to them.  End the letter with a courteous note and ask them to feel free to let you know if they need any further information about your candidature.

15. COVER LETTER SAMPLE Dear HR, Apropos to your notification for the job opening 'XXXXXXXXXXXXX' on, please find attached my CV for your consideration. Should you need any further details, please do let me know. Sincerely, Name: XXXXX Email address: Years of experience: Fresher Contact Number: XXXXXXX Location: XXXXXXXXX Keyskills: c,c++,java,SQL Prashant 11-29-2011 02:41 AM

16. CONT… Dear Sir/Madam, I recieved a mail regarding the job opening and would like to know the scheduled date for interview, I have worked on projects involving Core Java, Html, jsp and JDBC, Servlets. Let me know when I can attend the interview. Thanks and regards, ----Name----- ----Contact Number----- nilesh 11-5-2011 04:08 AM

17. Points to be precautioned / taken care of while preparing a cover letter Following are the points that need to be taken care of while making a cover letter:-  Do accentuate what you can offer the company, not what you hope to gain from them.  Avoid over-using personal ‘I’ and do not give personal story.  Avoid grandiose such as for example- “marketing is in my blood and I believe that I am genetically pre- determined to enter the marketing world.”  Understand the job content before drafting the letter. Carefully design the opening para.  Do not use slang, be yourself and reflect your personal style.  If you expect to move and change address shortly, give the new address(moving after/ on………….)  Refer to the specific advertisement as well as the post applied for. Some companies might have released several advertisements for different jobs.  Letter must be signed and also the bio-data. This indicates all the information given in the bio- data is authentic.

18. Filling in a prescribed Application Form Some companies get resume in a prescribed application blank as it provides information on all points they need and in particular sequence. So attention needs to be given on the following points:- • Read all columns carefully before writing down. • Form columns to be filled. Points that are not applicable to you, the notation ‘NA’ may be filled. • For questions with yes/no answers, blot the one not applicable. • Keep handy copy of your certificates, testimonial handy to fill correct dates. • Mention very clearly the position you are applying for. Write it at the top of the application if space is not provided. • Where asked, a passport sized photograph must be provided, which should show you cheerful and alert. • All supporting documents as requested must be stapled with the form. • Application must be signed. • Remember to retain a photocopy of the applicant as it helps you not to contradict yourself in the interview.

19. CONCLUSION  A Resume or a CV is always called as the face of the job seeker.  Due care must be taken while preparing your Resume as it is an indirect way whereby you are presenting yourself to the interviewer without confronting him before your interview.  Each and every element whether it is heading, career objectives, educational background, work experience, achievements or References must contain only true and relevant information.

20. Conti……  It must be so concise and accurate that it is easier for the employer for quick reading.  It must attract positive attention.  Always use a high quality laser printer for the final version of the resume.  Tenses do play an important role so the opening and closing of Resume must be simple past tense such as read, attended, look forward, hope.  The body has to be in present perfect tense like my degree has provided exposure to ………. Etc.

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