RESUME WRITING

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“FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL”. EXPLAIN WITH A REFERENCE OF A RESUME.

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COMMUNICATION SKILLS “FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL”. EXPLAIN WITH A REFERENCE OF A RESUME. PRESENTED BY: M.A(O.B),2 ND SEM ANJALI MAKAN AKANSHA SHARMA GURLEEN NANRA & SMRITI KARAN

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RESUME - THE BASICS : Reviewed – 10 to 30 seconds Must make immediate impression : Overall appearance Organization Spelling and grammar Use strong verbs Use descriptive terms

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PURPOSE OF RESUME Here’s an imaginary scenario: You apply for a job send the resume to prospective employer Plenty of other people too apply for the job a few days later, the employer is staring at a pile of several hundred resumes. A JOB OFFER OFTEN ATTRACTS BETWEEN A 100 AND 1000 RESUMES, SO YOU ARE FACING A GREAT DEAL OF COMPETITION. This person going through this pile of dry, boring documents and they dig in. after a few minutes, THEY ARE GETTING SLEEPY. THEY ARE NOT REALLY FOCUSSING ANYMORE !!!

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on On an average, Every resume gets a glance reading for about 10 to 15 sec max. In this given time recruiters decide, whether or not they should read your resume further, Should call you for a face to face interview or not.

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The NUMBER ONE purpose of the resume TO WIN AN INTERVIEW !! A resume is an advertisement. Nothing less, nothing more. A good resume does only tell what you have done so far. But advertises you in more assertive way : IF YOU BUY THIS PRODUCT, YOU WILL GET THESE : SPECIFIC, DIRECT BENEFITS IT PRESENTS YOU IN THE BEST LIGHT

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OTHER REASONS TO HAVE A RESUME: To pass the employer's screening process. provide contact information . To establish you as a professional person with high standards and excellent writing skills, based on the fact that the resume is so well done . To put in an employer's personnel files. To help you clarify your direction.

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WHAT IT ISN'T !! A history of your past A personal statement Sort of self expression So , Do not write it keeping in mind that you are putting down all that you have done so far.. BUT YOU WILL WRITE IT SHOW CASE ALL THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

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HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE RESUME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE WRITING RESUME

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RESUME DIVISION In the 1st, you make assertions about your abilities, qualities and achievements Your name Contact details, The crux of your professional achievements/ experience/ objective Educational qualifications ( Basic Academics )

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Resume division - Contd .: The second section is the evidence section - elaborates the claims made in the first section . You list and describe the jobs you have held . Your education (graduation & post Grad .) Soft skills/ Area of expertise/ Professional skills Awards and achievements . Projects and trainings . Etc…

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Resume Focus : FOCUS ON THE EMPLOYER'S NEEDS, NOT YOURS – Try to find out what the organization is looking for, and match those traits with your competences and offer the benefit . HOW??? Read the JD (job description), Job specification, Talk to the company’s employees, recruiters Go through their mission, vision, value statements.

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MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF RESUME: CREATING THE RIGHT HEADER Designing a heading that makes your name stand out. Including the right contact information. Writing a concise job objective statement to get the job you want. Substituting a professional title for the job objective statement.

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Writing a concise job objective statement to get the job you want: By starting your resume with a statement of your Job Objective, you immediately tell your potential employer : What position you’re looking for. Who needs to get your resume How to interpret your resume. It demonstrates the clarity of direction in you.

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Example scenario !!: Suppose the owner of a small software company puts an ad in the paper seeking an experienced software sales person. A week later they have received 500 resumes. The applicants have a bewildering variety of backgrounds. The employer has no way of knowing whether any of them are really interested in selling software.

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Few example objectives: scenario!!: Looking forward to work with an organization, where I can utilize my skills and abilities and grow with the organization . To work with a reputed organization where I can explore and in the HR field while still effectively contributing to the organization’s development . A software sales position in an organization seeking an extraordinary record of generating new accounts, exceeding sales targets and enthusiastic customer relations. NOW , that’s a wake up call. They are now interested to read your resume further.

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Substituting a professional title for the Job Objective statement : Less is more! You need to say everything as concisely as possible, starting with your Job Objective statement. Putting your Job Objective statement near the top of your resume is the clearest way to tell the reader what you want for your immediate future . statements like “ challenging position ,” “ room for advancement ,” and “ opportunity to grow . ” are good. But they are not clear … It pitches on what you want AND NOT WHAT YOU CAN GIVE

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Stick to what’s important!!: The job title you’d like next , if you know it (for example, Manager or Sales Representative ). The area of work you want to be in (for example, Marketing or Sales ). You might include an area of specialization (for example, “with an emphasis on new business development” or “focusing on graphic design”). If you clearly understand the demand of the organization , focus on those competences as benefits to offer in the objective – may as traits you have/ or as looking forward to develop etc . If you know the exact title of the job you’re applying for, by all means use that in your Job Objective .

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EXAMPLE: Not so good : A challenging position that will utilize my skills and experience as Director of Marketing. WHY - Everyone wants to be challenged, and of course you’ll be using your skills and experience . Much better : Director of Marketing ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Not so good : An administrative position in a growth oriented company where I can use my background in finance to promote the firm . WHY - This statement sounds like you’re judging the company’s ability to provide for your future . Much better : Administrative position with a focus on finance

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A FEW GUIDELINES FOR A BETTER PRESENTATION : The resume is visually enticing - Simple clean structure. Very easy to read. Symmetrical. Balanced, uncrowned . There is uniformity and consistency in the use of italics, capital letters, bullets, boldface, and underlining - Absolute parallelism in design decisions. There are absolutely no errors . No typographical errors. No spelling errors. No grammar, syntax, or punctuation errors. No errors of fact.

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All the basic, expected information is included - key information : your name, address, phone number, and your email address at the top of the first page , listing of jobs held in reverse chronological order, educational degrees including the highest degree received in reverse chronological order . Additional, targeted information . Job listed include a title, the name of the firm, the city and state of the firm, and the years . expected to include some mention of education (professional study or training, partial study toward a degree, etc.) acquired after high school.

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It is targeted . A resume should be targeted to your goal, to the ideal next step in your career. First you should get clear what your job goal is Then you should figure out what key skills, areas of expertise or body of experience the employer will be looking for Gear the resume structure and content around this target, proving these key qualifications . Strengths are highlighted / weaknesses de-emphasized Focus on whatever is strongest and most impressive . Make careful and strategic choices as to how to organize, order, and convey your skills and background

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It has focus Don't make the reader go through the whole resume to figure out what your profession is and what you can do . Use power words Show you are results-oriented . Wherever possible, prove that you have the desired qualifications through clear strong statement of accomplishments, rather than a statement of potentials, talents, or responsibilities . Writing is concise and to the point. Keep sentences as short and direct as possible . Eliminate any extraneous information and any repetitions . Don’t use many examples.

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AT LAST: Think of a resume as your Photo - Snapshot Present Your Best Image “Keep everything in focus ”