Resume & Interviews

Tips For Writing Effective Resume

Written by Nitin Vats

The first step to an exciting, new career is to prepare a great resume that highlights your skills, qualifications and experiences, as well as shows how you can be a valuable asset to the organization you are applying for.

Your resume is the very first link in between you and the organization. It reflects your personality and gives very first impression of your present-ability, your education, your expertise etc.

You should treat your resume as your mirror image and should treat it in a respectful manner. In addition, a resume that puts you on the fast track to a rewarding career should include the following:

Contact Information

Full name

Permanent and school addresses

Phone number – Your voicemail message should be appropriate.

Email – Your email address should be professional (e.g., yourname@yahoo.com).

Objective or Professional Profile

Include the name of the position for which you are applying.

Emphasize how your skills and qualifications successfully relate to the position.

Be clear and concise.

Education

List your most recent educational experience first.

Include the name of the institution you attended and its location, as well as the degree you earned, your major/minor and graduation year.

List your academic awards and honors.

Internship and Work Experience

List your most recent internship or work experience first.

Include the name of the company, its location, your title and the duration of each internship or job.

List your responsibilities and the specific results you accomplished using action verbs.

For example, “Developed key training materials that helped sales representatives to increase sales by 15% over prior years.”

Skills

Computer skills and software programs used

Certificates

Languages spoken

Associations and Activities

Leadership positions held

Volunteerism/community service

Clubs

  • Tip: Proofread your resume multiple times. You may also consider asking your friends and/or a career advisor to review your resume.

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