Why it is so important to have a good resume

Why it is so important to have a good Resume

banner-img-resume-reviewIf you have ever been looking for a job the first question comes to mind “How can I stand apart my experience from crowd?” Your ability to transfer learning to actual demonstrates your skills and knowledge. Remember first impression counts, and the first impression that a potential employer will have of you, is going to depend on how you present your resume.

A solid resume – an important tool to help you compete with other applicants in the job market. A resume generally is written in fragmented language therefore, not an ideal illustration of writing skills.

No matter your experience level or what kind of job you’re looking for, these are the most important “insider tips” you will need to know and do:


Your resume contains a summary of what you do for a living. Whether you’re an executive assistant or the executive manager of a large corporation, you must be able to explain what you do. A well-written resume is proof that you understand how your tasks and responsibilities fit into the overall goals of the organization for which you work.






The “one-size fits all” approach won’t result in a marketplace of highly specialized needs.  So plan on having several versions of your resume for the different jobs you are applying for. Make sure that you – and at least one other person you trust – carefully review your resume and adjust it to contain the “key words” that recruiters will be searching for.






One inaccuracy or misspelling could cost you your jobs or result in a reduced bargaining power when it comes to salary negotiations. Check your resumes for errors of fact, typos, formatting woes or omissions.

In MS Word a simple spell check ( press F7) will do the trick.






Your resume often is a reflection of your self-confidence. People who struggle with writing their own resumes must rely on friends and professional resume writers to pull together a document that makes them look good on paper.






 Presentation goes a long way in impressing the reader. Avoid all complicated fonts or design elements and if your resume can’t be read easily, it won’t be read at all. Size matters and no one has the time to spend a long time reviewing a resume.  Keep the resume to one or two pages depending on your experience.

Put the most critical information first and spend more time and space talking about the skills, experiences, and results that are directly related to the job you are applying for.

Quantify whenever possible. it’s no longer enough to state that you increased sales or productivity, you need to back it up with quantifiable data whenever possible.

Over the course of your career, you will come to better understand your professional traits and your personal traits and how they mesh with the workplace.

A reverse-chronological resume is the most common type of resume format used. This is the traditional method of formatting a resume, and places more emphasis on your job titles and your employment history over your skills. Chronological / Reverse-chronological resumes generally work best for job seekers with a stable career progression in one or two fields.

We hope this should help you in your quest to have a great resume.


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14 reasons why your CV is going in the TRASH CAN !

14 reasons why your CV is going in the TRASH CAN ! 

Vidhan Chandra, co-founder and director of iSource Services, a recruiting and executive search portal tells you why you must avoid making these mistakes in your CV.

A well written and presented CV will help you clinch that dream job interview.

Avoiding some of these potentially damaging mistakes can increase your chances of being hired.


1. Avoid writing CV/Resume on top

We all know it is your resume, never write it.

It may sound funny but 55 to 60 percent of applicants commit this horror.

Avoid it. Instead, write your name in bold.

The ideal font would be Arial, size 20.

2. All-caps

In written communication, all caps is used to over-emphasise or highlight something.

In the case of a resume, text in all caps is downright rude. The golden rule is to avoid using it.

Even if it means writing your name, a sub heading, a company’s name, your institute or designation, use title case for emphasis.

At the same, not using capital letters at the appropriate places is equally thoughtless For e.g. VP is not the same as Vp or HR Manager is not the same as Hr Manager.

While using abbreviations or names of institutes, never write Iit in place of IIT. Rather spell it out as Indian Institute of Technology.

Use your mind, put in a thought why you are writing what you are writing.

3. Unnecessary details

There are candidates who mention their entire family history replete with names of their father, mother, spouse and children.

And then there are those who add the occupation of their father, mother and in some cases their children’s age and sibling’s occupation.

Frankly, who is interested?

Obviously the HR manager is not.

Your CV is not aimed at verifying your marriage suitability.

4. Vital statistics

In case, you thought the earlier point was irrelevant, here’s more.

We have candidates who add details of their caste, religion, height and weight.

The HR manager is clearly not looking to recruit you for join politics and unless you are applying for specific profiles like model, television presenter, cabin crew or receptionist, details like height, weight and colour are least important.

By writing these one indirectly presents a mindset which is regressive. It is advisable to avoid these blunders at all cost.

5. Contact clutter

Simply because one has to furnish their address and contact, it is not important to add details like present address, permanent address and multiple phone numbers.

Keep it simple and add one local address, one phone number (working) and e-mail id.

That would be more than sufficient.

6. Spelling mistakes

The surest way to mar your chances to get that dream job is by sending a CV without running a spell check.

Honestly, there is no valid explanation as to why a potential candidate would not use the Spell Check feature which is built in your word processor.

A CV with spelling errors shows your laziness or incompetence.

Get your resume vetted by someone other than you — a colleague or a friend.

Another way is to read it at least 3-4 times before you print or upload it online.

Each time you run through your CV, you are sure to be surprised.

7. Bad formatting

A badly formatted CV can have the same disastrous effect as one with spelling errors.

Avoid long paragraphs and haphazard layout.

Check for improper use of blank spaces, tabs and margins.

Use bold, italics and underline to highlight keywords.

Your information has to flow in a seamless manner, so plan it out well.

Lack of bullets can be a major turn off especially while stating achievements.

Also double check before you print and upload it online to see if the changes you made are reflecting.

8. Using too many abbreviations

Don’t assume the recruiter to know it all.

Avoid abbreviations, spell it out.

What comes naturally to you may not be perceived the same way by HR professionals.

It is okay to use domain specific abbreviations, or well accepted brand names or entities as abbreviations but using it at all the places is not the best way forward.

For example, ISB could mean Indian School of Business, Institute of Systems Biology or even International Society of Bassists.

9. Avoid SMS language

With the advent of SMS and chat, people fail to realise that they are writing a resume and not a personal message to their friend.

Using SMS language is a good way to ensure your rejection.

Do not, I repeat do not use them, EVER.

Some common words you can avoid using in a CV are ‘thru’ instead of ‘through’, & for ‘and’, ‘ur’ for Your and ‘m’ for I am etc.

10. Vague achievements

You may have stood first in a lemon and spoon event at kindergarten, but would you put it on a CV?

Best of all, there are those who mention their KRAs and job description under achievements.

Either you don’t understand the meaning of the word achievement or you are simply overdoing it.

Your job description is not an achievement, but will aptly appear under responsibilities or work experience.

Your KRAs are also part of your job, so never mention your regular deliverables as achievements unless you have achieved something significant and can validate the same if need be.

For example, if you are in sales, sales or marketing cannot be your achievement.

But if you’ve acquired a huge client or achieved highest sales for a particular quarter/month etc, that can be listed under achievement.

Ensure you have supporting figures to back your (achievement) claims.

11. Superlatives

As a potential candidate it is obvious to use expressions like ‘I am very good at this…..’ or using sentences like excellent in communication, Out achiever in ….., I am extraordinary at …

I’d advice let the recruiter or the interviewer make that call.

12. Job irrelevance


It is important to prepare a CV that matches the job description you are applying for.


Why are you preparing your resume? What purpose is it going to serve?


One resume fits all is a belief that keeps good candidates from getting hired.

Remember you need to tailor your resume for each opening.

13. Avoid jargons


Using fancy words is a big turnoff.

Keep your choice of words and sentence formation simple and clear.

Your CV has to be clear, concise and easy to read.

14. Keywords, not hyperbole


Words like dynamic , out-achiever, self-starter, effective, seasoned, out-standing, driven, excellent in communication, exceptional, hard working, result oriented, result driven, motivated, etc are beaten to death.

The less you use these words, the better.

Instead focus on keywords like sales, marketing, networking, communication to make it work for you.

This article originally appeared on Rediff.com authored by Vidhan Chandra.

About the author:

Vidhan is an entrepreneur and passionate about technology and its impact on human evolution. He is the founder of iSource Services & Resume Builder. Vidhan has over the years been a speaker at various universities and corporate events and specialises in delivering lectures and talks related to career development, staffing, resume writing and job related insights. An avid reader, he enjoys reading corporate strategy, current affairs, politics and sociology. Vidhan is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur’s Post Graduate Business Management Program. 

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6 CV mistakes that can cost you a job interview

6 CV mistakes that can cost you a job interview


1.Lack of intent

You’d be surprised to know that we get CVs from candidates with no mention of the current role or job function.

Even if it means that you are jobless while applying, it is important to mention the timeline of previous work or academic activity you were involved with.

You must mention your total work experience.

Your application must also state what position you have applied for.

Don’t expect the employer to know it all or guess it for you.

We would like to know what suitable profiles you deem yourself to be fit for.


2. Addressing yourself as a third person

It is really a test of patience when you come across a CV that refers the author as:

“Vinod carries 3 years of experience into…”

“Rajinder Singh has extensive expertise in Manufacturing and Production Engineering…”

Unless you are writing an introduction to be read out at some event you are attending, it is appropriate to use a simple ‘I’.

In fact, I’d advise you to just refer your achievements in point form — plain and simple.


3. A lengthy resume

Any resume that runs more than three pages are a pain to read.

Remember HR personnel/recruiters practically scan through hundreds of CVs in a day.

S/he may not be able to give all the time to read your ‘story’, so be discreet and brief.

It should not take more than 30 seconds to figure out your experience and core specialties.


4. Too much highlighting


Don’t force yourself to make an impact.

As said earlier, you can highlight the keywords, but do not overdo it.

Also, avoid attaching your picture along with your CV, unless you are specifically asked to.


5. The wrong format

Never create and send your resume in any format other than DOC, DOCX or PDF.

The reason I am emphasizing this, is because, we do find candidates sending us their profiles in RTF, HTML and TXT formats.

Avoid it unless you are specifically asked to.


6. Lying

There is just a fine line that differentiates between stating your achievements and exaggeration.

Never overstate, also never fake your achievements.

Candidates are often caught inflating their academic credentials when they are asked to produce the original documents or merit certificates.

At the same time, adding fictitious work experience and roles and responsibilities can also work against you.

An experienced professional who sifts through hundreds of CVs a day can tell an original from fake within seconds.

You may not only lose the opportunity of one interview, but if you are applying to a reputed institute, they may hold it against you and may be even black-list you forever.


This article originally appeared on Rediff.com authored by Vidhan Chandra.

About the author:

Vidhan is an entrepreneur and passionate about technology and its impact on human evolution. He is the founder of iSource Services & Resume Builder. Vidhan has over the years been a speaker at various universities and corporate events and specialises in delivering lectures and talks related to career development, staffing, resume writing and job related insights. An avid reader, he enjoys reading corporate strategy, current affairs, politics and sociology. Vidhan is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur’s Post Graduate Business Management Program.

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Top 10 job interview mistakes to avoid

Top 10 job interview mistakes to avoid : Resume Builder

Top 10 job interview mistakes to avoid : Resume Builder

Top 10 Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Going to elite college, grabbing a good internship and securing a prompt promotion in the very first job make you eligible to look out for a dream job.

It is conspicuous that aforesaid scenario would be deemed meaningless unless you crack the interview. And to be able to do that one should exhibit an ability to articulate his or her career interests, talk about achievements and lure the recruiter with his skills.

You should showcase your distinct attributes to be able to stand out from the other counterparts applying for the same job apart from sticking to a few crucial etiquettes such as dress mindfully, talk less, etc.

Read on to know 10 interview blunders that you should never make.

1 Reaching Late

Confirm your interview timing beforehand so that you don’t get late for the interview. Allow yourself to settle at the venue and make yourself comfortable by grabbing a cup of coffee of so before plunging in an interview clueless.

2. Not rehearsing for interview.

Your dream to land up a job might turn out to be a nightmare if you unable to respond to queries put forth by your hiring manager.

Considering the today’s competitive scenario, you must prepare yourself to justify and connect your skills with the job you are applying for. So to be able to withstand various questions stage a mock interview.

Of course, you are required to role-play. Just look out for a friend who could provide authentic valuable criticism. It would let you explore the opportunity to reorient your way of thinking and develop a dialogue.

3. Subduing your achievements.

It is so very evident from getting an interview call that recruiter is already very impressed by you and wants you to prove them right. “Do not demean yourself by being too self-effacing in fact prepare to exhibit how modest by nature you are.

4. Being Talkative

It is off course significant to speak about how you can resolve issues, gel along with people, and go with the flow however that should be in line with the drift of the conversation.

5. Twisting hair, tapping your foot and biting nails

We all feel nervous, however nowhere that habit so noticeable than in a face-to-face interview. Control biting your lips when you’re feeling nervous and shaking your leg. This can be done with the practice of mock interview.

6. Bragging about that you don’t possess weakness and have never confronted rejection.

Articulate your good qualities in subtle manner that it does not sound like “blowing your own trumpet”. It can put off the recruiters since they are looking out for a calm-composed professional and not a self-bragger. Be prepared to talk about your negative qualities and mistakes too in a way which states that you have evolved as a professional by confronting those.

7. Evading direct eye contact.

Nowadays most of the communication happens electronically which does not give us an opportunity to confront a face. Firm handclasp, eye connection and talking at a level at which you can be audible. Maintain a comfortable posture which should make you look confident and interested in taking the conversation forward.

8. Staring at your mobile

Turn off your mobile or any electronic gadget. Consider an interview as the most significant first date you’ve ever had. Give the recruiter your full attention and impress with your intelligence, charm, and effort.

9. Trying to be friendly with your recruiter.

Professionals from Human Resource Department are very professional, though they don’t look like because most of them are young and are fun to interact with. Try to maintain decorum till the time you land a job. Keep in mind that every step of yours is being noticed very minutely since the time you step in and leave the room.

10. Don’t be curious about salary.

Of course, salary is the most crucial element of the job, however tending to be curious even before we have not been interviewed is a big no, because putting it forth in the beginning of an interview would give an impression that you are only interested in salary and not the job.