Its Now or Never. Resume writing tips!

A resume is scanned only once and the decision is made. You get to the next level or you don’t. Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job. That is beyond discussion. We have put together some of the most recommended tips for writing an effective resume.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

1. Know the job you are applying for

First of all you should have a thorough knowledge of the job you are going to apply for. Read the Job Description carefully and ask and clarify any doubts. Carefully jot down the key expectations from the job. Every job is unique and require expertise in an area which you can get to know by carefully scanning the Job Description.

2. Tailor your resume

Once you are ready with key requirements for the job you are applying for, tailor your resume for it. Using a generic resume to apply for all jobs may not work. The recruiter gets thousands of resume for every job and it is evident that your CV should match the requirement to get selected. Not only that, the CV should highlight what the recruiter is looking for.

3. Identify your accomplishments

Hiring managers, especially in technical fields like engineering, seek candidates that can help them solve a problem or satisfy a need within their company. Consequently, you can't be a solution to their problems without stating how you solved similar problems in other companies and situations.

  • Focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was, there's a difference
  • Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments
  • For each point ask yourself, What was the benefit of having done what I did?
  • Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else did
  • Avoid using the generic descriptions of the jobs you originally applied for or held

4. Make use of the right key words

With advancement of technology, machine based CV shortlisting is not uncommon. Be it Artificial Intelligence or a simple algorithm, they use keywords to sort out the CVs. using the right keyword makes a lot of difference.

5. Use effective titles

Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in 5 seconds. Under this time frame the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. For example:

Bad title: Accounting
Good title: Management of A/R and A/P and Record keeping

6. Show case your projects

Give a glimpse of what you have done in the past. With interactive CV, you can put in all the details without making your CV too lengthy.

7. Use modern technology like Video to enhance your CV

With advancement of Internet, use of new technology is very common and any one with a smart phone can have enriched communication with enhanced graphics and Videos. So why not apply this to your CV. Video CV can enhance your profile and you can reach out to your recruiter and tell them what you want them to lisen. Interactive CV is one unique platform, perfect for hosting your Video CV.

8. Proof read it twice

It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary.

Warren Prasad

An experienced professional, recruiter, leader with 15+ years of experience in Information technology.