Critical aspects of your Resume

Your resume should give you a competitive edge by highlighting and clearly differentiating your strengths and achievements.

Your resume should clearly present about yourself - your education, experience, and skills. The resume’s physical appearance, format, and the style play a vital role during your selection process. Your resume must highlight your qualifications and skills for a particular position or particular specialization. A resume prepared for one position might not cover the information that would be required for another position. Of course, your resume should have ‘common sections’ - your qualifications and common skills and the attributes; plus the specific skills that you would like to highlight for a specific position for which you are seeking employment.

Always remember – your resume gets scrutinized in a staggered way in multiple phases. In each phase, the decision maker hardly spends 15 to 30 seconds to differentiate you with the rest. If you post on a job portal, your resume will be one among the thousands sitting on the portal. A recruiter should quickly able to gain insight into your profile that aligns with the job description for which he or she is scouting for the profiles. After that phase, in subsequent phases (at least two to three phases), further scrutiny happens to get the ‘best’ among the ‘fit’. Hence, always - be relevant, concise, and consistent in your narration as well as the presentation.

A good, effective resume -

Objective: What is your goal? Why do you think you are a right fit for the position for which you are applying? Be ready to elaborate all the adjectives that you used to describe your skills (creative, interpersonal skills etc.).

Qualification: Be consistent – Qualification, Specialization, College / Board / University, CGPA, Grades etc.

Relevant Academic Project / Internship: Don’t simply say – participated in XYZ. Be specific on how you are different from the other participants.

Experience: After mentioning the key responsibilities, highlighting the key achievements, recognitions, growth, and other relevant points make your profile unique and meaningful.

Other Sections: Your personal attributes, leadership skills, involvement (social, as well as official tasks), professional memberships cannot bring the substantial value-add unless you articulate well not only in resume but also during the interview.