Resume Writing Essentials: Stand Out to Employers
On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, Patkar-Varde College, Mumbai hosted a lecture-presentation on the art of writing résumés, conducted by Ms. Suchitra Surve, a career consultant with Growth Centre.
The lecture presentation was attended primarily by T.Y. students of the College. They will soon be looking for and applying for jobs, and this is the reason for selecting them as the target audience.
The event was opened by Mr. Harshal Malekar, Sr. Copy Editor, Maharashtra Times. He explained the involvement of the publication with career guidance for youth.
Principal, Dr. M. B. Kekare, shared his experience with students. In the course of his professional life, Dr. Kekare has had to screen numerous résumés, and he told students about the mistakes commonly made in writing résumés.
Ms. Surve’s lecture was accompanied by an MS PowerPoint presentation and was lucid and full of highly important tips for preparing impressive résumés.
Students were greatly interested in the lecture presentation, as was seen through the numerous queries that they raised during the question-answer session.
Source: Patkar Varde College, Mumbai
Frequently Asked Questions) related to resume writing:
Q1: What is a resume, and why is it important?
A1: A resume is a document that summarizes your skills, qualifications, and work experience. It’s essential because it’s often the first impression employers have of you.
Q2: What should I include in my resume’s contact information section?
A2: Include your full name, phone number, email address, and optionally, your LinkedIn profile or personal website.
Q3: How long should my resume be?
A3: Ideally, a resume should be one page for individuals with less experience (0-5 years) and up to two pages for those with extensive experience.
Q4: What is the best resume format to use?
A4: Common resume formats include chronological (reverse-chronological), functional (skills-based), and combination (hybrid). Choose the format that best highlights your strengths.
Q5: What sections should I include in my resume?
A5: Standard sections include a summary or objective statement, contact information, work experience, education, skills, and optional sections like certifications, awards, or volunteer work.
Q6: How do I write an effective resume summary or objective statement?
A6: Craft a concise statement that summarizes your career goals, skills, and what you can offer to a potential employer.
Q7: What should I include in the work experience section?
A7: List your job titles, company names, dates of employment, key responsibilities, and achievements for each position.
Q8: How can I highlight my achievements on my resume?
A8: Use quantifiable results and specific examples to demonstrate the impact you had in previous roles.
Q9: Should I include my GPA on my resume?
A9: Include your GPA if it’s impressive and relevant to the position you’re applying for. Otherwise, it’s generally not necessary for experienced professionals.
Q10: How do I list my skills on a resume?
A10: Create a skills section and list both hard (technical) and soft skills. Tailor your skills to match the job requirements.
Q11: Is it necessary to include references on my resume?
A11: It’s not necessary to include references on your resume. Instead, create a separate reference list to provide upon request.
Q12: What is the role of keywords in resume writing, especially for applicant tracking systems (ATS)?
A12: Keywords are important for ATS optimization. Use industry-specific terms and phrases from the job description to increase your chances of passing through ATS scans.
Q13: How do I address employment gaps on my resume?
A13: Address employment gaps by providing a brief explanation in your cover letter or by focusing on skills gained during the gap in your resume.
Q14: Should I tailor my resume for each job application?
A14: Yes, tailor your resume for each job by emphasizing relevant skills and experience that match the specific job requirements.
Q15: How can I make my resume visually appealing and easy to read?
A15: Use a clean and professional format, choose legible fonts, use bullet points for readability, and maintain a consistent layout throughout.
Q16: Can I use templates for my resume?
A16: Yes, resume templates can be helpful, but ensure they are customizable and align with industry standards.
Q17: What are some common resume mistakes to avoid?
A17: Common mistakes include spelling and grammar errors, including irrelevant information, using vague language, and not tailoring the resume for each application.
Q18: How do I send my resume to potential employers?
A18: Typically, resumes are sent electronically via email or submitted through an online application system, following the employer’s specified format.
Q19: What should I do after sending my resume?
A19: After sending your resume, follow up with a well-crafted cover letter, and be prepared for potential interviews.
Q20: Can I get professional help with resume writing?
A20: Yes, professional resume writers and career coaches can provide valuable assistance in creating a compelling resume.