Saturday, May 28, 2011

Resume Writing Tips

The application process for almost every job in the IT sector requires a candidate to submit his resume/CV.  Many employers will discount a potential candidate based on the visual appearance of their CV. It is therefore crucial to structure and present your CV in a professional manner and keep a description of any work experience or previous employment history concise. Resume writing can seem like an intimidating task, but it’s actually easier than one thinks. A resume only has to focus the interest of the potential employer.

*         A CV should not be more than two A4 pages long and should clearly highlight ones IT and technical skills.
*         A generic CV will not fully demonstrate ones suitability to the job nor will it show an employer any enthusiasm.
*         Start by researching the companies that interest you.
*         Then read publications or websites directly related to your target industry.
*         If the particular requirements that are frequently mentioned, use these requirements as keywords throughout your resume.
*         Detail your previous project/internship or job experience.
*         Think about your background and past experiences.
*         Take what you learnt in your institution and apply it to the job you seek.
*         Emphasize relevant skills and related accomplishments. If you have degrees, certifications, or specialized training, note it.
*          Try to include any related unpaid work that you have done, such as internships.
*         Whatever you do, don't list your hobbies unless they directly apply.
*         Concentrate only on what demonstrates your value; leave everything else out.
*         As you are writing, try not to use the same words over and over.
*         Avoiding repetition, will make your resume more exciting.
*         Use of action words in the resume is recommended. words like accomplished, achieved, attained, completed, created, delivered, demonstrated, enhanced, expanded, improved, increased, managed, obtained, performed, produced, secured, succeeded and surpassed etc., may be used.
*         Make sure everything is neatly typed and spelled correctly.
*          Your resume should be eye-catching without being flashy, it should be easy to read.
*         If you need ideas for layout and structure, find resume samples online or go to the library and study a book.
*         When your resume is finished, read it over carefully and make sure that it properly demonstrates your value as an employee.
If so, you have written an effective invitation to the employers. All you need to do now is sit back and wait for the call for an Interview.

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