How to write a CV?
Alright. So researches said, 6 seconds enough for recruiters to look at CV’s.
Many of us never like writing a resume because everyone is more worried about font, text size, grammar, structure, points and in the end it all comes down to listing down my achievements and it hurts to find out that I don’t have many.
But fresher or experienced, we need a job, right? We need to learn how to write a CV? Because apart from the money it gets you, having a job after graduation makes you a professional & scale up the skills that love to pursue, it makes you disciplined.
The first step to all of this is to write a resume. So it doesn’t matter if resume for fresher or an experienced trying to find a job Today, by the end of this blog, you will be surprised to see how easy it is to write a resume that will schedule a interview call for a job.So we are going to learn what is it that Interviewers look for in a resume?
Second, we are going to structure a resume. structuring resume is like a art of designing and shaping of something.
Third, we will share a resume templates, so that you know exactly what to put in which section. we created a perfect resume for your job get easy and you will get more attention.
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At the end of the blog we will give you a bonus tip that will take your resume to the next level!
Before we begin, we can tweak a resume as per our need. Because there is no specific way to writing a resume. The only thing that’s certified is this, that you will learn something new and useful.
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Let’s begin! So what is it that Interviewers ‘Look For’ in a resume? It is less about what is it that they ‘look’ for and more about what is it that Interviewers ‘see’. For example, suppose this is the job that we are applying for, for the role of a Software Developer.
Even though I took an example of an I.T job, you can use the same principles for Banking, Education, Hotel Management, Sales or any other job that you like. Now the problem is, no matter what job you are applying for there will be 100’s, if not 1000’s of people applying for the same job! With these many profiles, the Interviewers will hardly spend around 6 seconds to look at your resume.
It’s like being on Tinder. If your profile is not appealing at the first glance then you will be left-swiped right away because there are a lot of other profiles waiting to be reviewed which is why your resume should not be like a long boring list! It should be like an advertisement…
Short. To the Point and Crisp! And that brings us to the resume structure!
To help you understand the resume structure better, I am going to write it with you.. Let’s use Google Docs because it’s free. Just so that we are clear, this blog is not sponsored by Google Docs! You can use Microsoft Word or any other resume builder that you like. You can start writing your resume using this link of Google Docs! Go to that link, click on this button and select the template that says ‘Resume’.
As you can see, the structure is already built. Now let’s understand what to fill in these sections. We are first going to build an experienced person’s profile and then make a few changes to this profile so that it becomes a Fresher profile. Let’s assume that we are going to apply for this role of a Software Developer.
Even though I am taking an I.T job example, you can use the same guidelines for any job in any field. The first thing you need to write is your Name. Since I am building Mr. X’s profile lets consider his name is “Rajesh Setti”, I am going to write his name. After Name, is the Professional Title.
This is where you use words or phrases that define you professionally like Problem Solver, Innovator, Mentor, Quick Leaner, Firefighter which basically means that you are quick at solving problems! So here I am going to write Innovator, Mentor and Firefighter. I am writing Problem Solver because later I am going to mention a few Projects that he has. So make sure that you support whatever you write in your Professional Title throughout our resume.
Next is Contact Information and these are the things that you can mention. First is Email ID. All of us have had weird college IDs but please do not write ‘[email protected]’. It looks extremely unprofessional. Create a new ID that has your name and mention that for an instance we took “[email protected]” , write your phone number and next, mention any social media profiles that are relevant to the position you are applying to like your LinkedIn profile.
Or if you are applying for a Digital Marketing role then may be you can even mention your Twitter or Instagram handles. Since this is for an I.T job, I am going to mention his LinkedIn profile here and a SkypeID, just in case someone from overseas wants to conduct an interview over Skype for an instance we say @rajesh_shetti. And that is most of what you need to mention in your contact information.
Things that you don’t need to mention are, your marital status, religious affiliation, DOB or even your photo because all of this is unnecessary information taking up unnecessary space.
Next comes Experience. Here you will mention your current job first and then go back and mention your old jobs in a reverse chronological order. So mention the name of the company, your job role and right beneath it, mention the time-period you’ve held that role for. Assume Mr. Rajesh Setti has worked for 3 companies in the past so I’ll make 3 different sections.
Suppose you were in the same company but have had different roles then you can have a separate section for each role. Now that you have this template, under each section write down your responsibilities and key deliverable’s in a bullet point format. Remember this section is an opportunity to showcase how your experience is aligned to the position that you are applying for.
Since we are applying for the role of a Software Developer, it makes sense to mention that he has led a Software Research Group at his current company. Remember to sprinkle the keywords mentioned in the job description throughout your experience section because that way the hiring manager will know that you have the experience that the team needs.
And second point, always try to be specific about your achievements. Suppose you are applying for a Social Media role, then don’t just mention, ‘Managed a Facebook Page’, instead you can write, ‘Revamped a business page on Facebook that has led to over 70K followers.. (up by 40% in 2 months) and has led to a 4% increase on revenue.’ See the difference? Because you have added a number to your accomplishment it gives the Hiring Manager confidence in your abilities. So try to add a number and quantify as many bullet points as possible.
Next is Education. In case you have been working for quite sometime then it’s best to keep your education section short and sweet. Suppose you have been working for 6 years or more then it doesn’t make sense to mention your 10th and 12th percentage. Just mention the details of your last degree. So we assume he did his Bachelors from MIT. So I’ll mention that. Beneath it, I’ll mention the time period and write after that in 3-4 bullet points, I’ll mention the highlights which is CGPA, any relevant Course Work or Honors and that’s it! If you are a student, you’ll obviously add a lot more in the education section. We’ll come to that in a minute.
Next come Skills. Typically for a Software Job, you can mention the Languages and Technologies that you know and rate them according to how well you know them. But make sure that you include the skills that have been mentioned in the job description. So out of all the skills mentioned here, assuming he knows Java, HTML,CSS, SQL so I’ve mentioned them here along with a couple of other technologies. If you are not from the Software field, then you can mention your Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Leadership Skills, Social Media Skills, Project Management Skills; basically do not forget to mention the skills that have been included in the job description.
Next is Additional Section. This is the best time to brag about any awards, certifications, publications, patents, volunteer work done, languages that you know, extra-curricular activities, conferences/courses attended or any other hobbies that you have that are relevant to the position that you are applying to. Just pick the best 2 sections and mention them.
So here I’ll only mention 2 sections. The awards he has received. Now before you hit export and send that resume to a Hiring Manager there are a few important points to remember but before that, let’s first see how we can modify this profile so that it becomes a Fresher’s Profile.
In case you are a fresher or are applying for an entry-level job then the resume pretty much remains the same except for 3 changes.
#1: Education – If you are a fresher, mention your Education before your Experience. List down your Institution Name, Degree and Time Period in reverse chronological order upto your 10th standard and don’t forget to have a separate column for your percentage or your CGPA.
#2. Next is Experience. I know, if you are a fresher, there isn’t much that you can write under the Experience section but here are few things that you can mention. If you are an Engineer then you would’ve done some Mini Projects in ever semester. This is the perfect place to mention all of that. Write the name of the project and in 1-2 lines describe what is that project about.
Mention any internships you’ve done, mention any paper you have worked on, with your faculty. Even if you used to take tuition’s for kids or worked at Pizza Hut as part-time to pay your college fees, mention that because it tells the Hiring Manager that you are committed and have developed a sense of professionalism early in your life.
#3. The third and the final change is this. In case you are a student, there are a lot of things that you can mention under the Additional Section, the best being your competitive exam score (be it IIT-JEE, Eamcet or even your CAT rank). In case you have not given any of these then no problem. Then you can mention the college fest that you had participated in, hackathons, coding contests, paper presentation contests, you can even write about the initiatives you took while you were at college like taking care of your college website, newsletter or even maintaining your own blog.
So those were the 3 key differences between a Freshers profile and an Experienced person’s profile.
But before you hit export, here are 3 important points to remember..
Point *1: Keep your resume to 1-page, maximum. If you have information that is relevant to the position that you are applying to then go ahead and add an extra page. But if you are adding fluff just for the sake of adding pages then your resume will suffer.
Point *2: Always proof-read and double check your resume because nothing hurts a resume more than a grammatical error.
Point *3: But the third and the most important point, never ever lie in your resume.
If you don’t have the skills, you might not get this job but if you lie then you might not be called for any future jobs the company might have. Sometimes, it’s okay to not have the skills because most companies will be ready to train you but honesty is a skill that no company compromises on.
So that’s how you write a resume. If you want me to make a separate blog about ‘How to crack a job interview?’ or ‘How to get a promotion?’ then comment and let me know.
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finally, here is the bonus tip! Always maintain a Live Career Document. Whenever you work on something, like.. take part in a fest, organised a hackathon or build a tool for your team; maintain a document and write it down. Most of the times we don’t know what to write in our resume because we forget what we’ve done. But if you get into the habit of noting everything down then not only will it build your resume but it will also give you a list of things to talk about in your appraisal for your next promotion.
I know we missed something, on the start of Blog I have also mentioned about the templates to give you the easy way for start writing your resume, see the examples, here are snapshots for the templates, if you like them, download and tweak the changes as per your need.
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