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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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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