Resume Writing Tips for Fresher's
• Header & Footer!
Always have a header & footer in your resume.
Header can contain a simple heading of your resume.
Header can contain a simple heading of your resume.
• First Page is the best page to convey all about you!
Typically the HR expects all the important details in the first page. He receives hundreds of resumes and hardly gets 1 minute to look at your resume and so he won't bother to search your resume for the required details, if the details are not found in his first glance at your resume.
• The first page of resume must contain the following things:
Personal Details: Full Name, Date of Birth, Passport Number.
Current Contact Details: Full Contact Address, Contact Phone Numbers, Mail ID & Alternate Mail ID
Work Experience Summary: All the companies you have worked so far, Company Address, Website, Dates of Duration in each Company. Don't assume that everyone knows about your company. (You can highlight if your current company has any good quality levels like CMM/CMMI)
Job Responsibilities: Your job profile in your past companies. For example, you should highlight that you are working as 'Module Leader leading a team of 6 people' in your current company.
Skill Set Summary: Highlight all the technologies you know well. Don't include any technologies you have not worked on.
Certifications: Include any relevant certifications you have. That gives you an edge over others.
Education Details Summary: Your Post Graduation, Graduation, Intermediate, 10th details, Aggregate Percentage, Year of Pass out (Most important).
• Contact Details at the top, not at bottom!
Contact Details should be at the top of resume, not at the bottom. Never include the contact details in Header or Footer. They won't be visible properly.
• Always provide an alternate mail ID!
Always provide an 'Alternate Mail Id' also (in case your original mail Id fails, it will be useful). Do NOT give more than 2 mail Ids in resume. The recruiters as well as you will get confused which mail Id to send/receive call letters.
• No one can save you if your Mail ID fails!
Check the mail Ids you provided in CV by sending a trial mail. (I have seen people giving Yahoo.com instead of Yahoo.co.in. If the mail Id fails when HR sends you call letter, no one can save you in this world. No HR will resend the call letter if your mail ID fails.)
• Never use official mail ID! (For Experienced people)
NEVER use OFFICIAL MAIL ID or OFFICIAL PHONE NUMBER in the resume. You must always provide the Personal mail Id & Personal Phone/Mobile Number. You can give the OFFICIAL MAIL ID for reference at the end the resume.
• Spell Check!
Always perform a spell check and grammar check on the resume. You don't deserve a job if you can't write your resume without mistakes.
There is nothing wrong in getting your resume reviewed by someone else. They might catch the mistakes that your eyes can never detect.
• Educational details are important!
People (especially experienced people) think that they don't need to give the educational details. But they are important. If not all details, at least give the highest qualification, college/university name and aggregate percentage. (Some HR people simply delete the resumes without educational details.)
• Reverse Chronological order!
Your latest job profile is more important than your first one. So, always write the details in reverse chronological order (start with the latest) especially when you are listing previous company details or educational qualification details.
• Avoid Irrelevant Details!
Write straight to the point and only the details relevant to the job. (You don't need to include your family tree or how many children you have or what your wife does.) Do not write stereotype sentences like 'I am sincere, intelligent, hardworking' etc. That's childish. Who in this world is not hardworking by the way?
• Use simple Language!
Use simple English. You don't need to write complex jargon in the resume.
• Write the Crux of Projects!
Don't write all about your projects. That will make the resume very lengthy. Write only the crux of the information. Following details would be enough.
- • Project Name, Team Size, Client Name, Duration of Project.
- • Short description of project (Not more than 5 to 6 lines).
- • Your role in project (This is very important).
- • Technologies used in project.
• You should convey where you want to work !
Always include the following clearly in resume:
'Desired Location' (if you have a preference). Anyway freshers typically will not have a choice for the desired location. They better not to include it
• Experience !
Project Training done in your final academic year does not come under professional work experience. You can mention it, but not under 'Work Experience' section.
Always highlight your onsite (customer interaction experience) in your resume. That gives you an edge over others.
• Salary Details
Better not to include current & expected compensation details in resume. You can convey them when you are asked to provide them during interview.
• You are not submitting the application for matrimonial!
Do not include any photos in the resume unless specifically asked by the company
• You are not writing a love letter!
Avoid unwanted graphics:Preferably use some professional font (Arial or Times or Verdana) and use the same across. Use same font size across the resume (except for headings). Don't write each line in a different font and size.
• Avoid jazzy fonts:
However, you can use some decent shades (preferably gray color), to highlight important information. That makes the resume to look good when a printout is taken
• Take a print and see!
Take a printout of your resume and see. If you do not like it in the first look, the same will be with recruiters.
(I know HR people who called candidates based on attractive resume). So, revise it again.