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  1. 1. How to make a good resume
  2. 2. CV vs. Resume Long Covers your entire career Static Short (1-2 pages max) Customizable for job Concise
  3. 3. Why should I make a good resume?
  4. 4. I am marketing myself in my resume you are marketing something: yourself! You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers.
  5. 5. I should highlight my accomplishments to show a potential employer that I am qualified for the work I want
  6. 6. I have to Stand out from the crowd
  7. 7. First CV may be by Leonardo da Vinci Before doing all these famous work, Leonardo da Vinci was an artificer and, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Duke of Milan. Bit of a history
  8. 8. Here how it Looked like
  9. 9. The good news There is no "one best way" to construct a Resume
  10. 10. It is your document and can be structured as you wish within the basic framework. It can be on paper or on-line or even on a T- shirt :-D
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  12. 12. Its a part of your professional identity
  13. 13. 45% Previous related work experience 35% Qualifications & skills 25% Easy to read 16% Accomplishments 14% Spelling & grammar 9% Education(these were not just graduate recruiters or this score would be much higher!) 9% Objective: individuality/desire to succeed 3% Clear objective 2% Keywords added 1% Contact information 2% Personal experiences and Computer skills What aspects they look for in a Resume?
  14. 14. What I should include? The Past How have I spent your life so far? What have I achieved? The Present What are I am currently doing? The Future Where do I want to end up?
  15. 15. Types of Resume
  16. 16. Functional Resume The information is organized by the skills set Used by when your experience and education do not obviously match their career objectives or when there are noticeable gaps in work experiences
  17. 17. Chronological resume Organized by job titles with the most recent position comes first Most effective when you have a solid experience and a logical job history
  18. 18. Combination resume Merges the chronological and functional styles Represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained Widely used format
  19. 19. The basics Relevant and concise content Proper structure Good design! Use white spaces Short and sweet No errors
  20. 20. Typical structure A. Name and contact information B. Personal profile (career objective) C. Career history / technical projects experience D. Educational qualifications E. Professional certifications F. Awards and achievements G. Skills and talents H. Relevant personal details I. Referees information
  21. 21. Name and contact information Name, address, email, phone numbers comes first Other relevant personal information can be included towards the latter part of your Resume Make your email address a professional :-) Photograph (optional)
  22. 22. Personal statement Clear, concise, and targeted to your career goals or clear statement that matches the needs of the potential employer Who you are: a statement one sentence long, that describes you truthfully but powerfully Skills and qualities that you process
  23. 23. Which Candidate Impresses you more? Candidate 1: "I want to spend four years working in web design and development to get experience of the technologies and the business. After that I intend to become an internet entrepreneur. Candidate 2: "I'm not really sure what I want to do. I thought about web design but then I didn't know if there would be any jobs. Maybe I'm more suited to management."
  24. 24. Career history Start with the most recent first Briefly describe your roles and responsibilities Use action verbs Don't mention the routine, non-people tasks
  25. 25. Educational qualifications Your degree subject and university, plus A levels or equivalents. Mention grades unless poor!
  26. 26. Professional qualifications / achievements Include relevant significant ones Most recent achievements comes first Mention the date of achievement
  27. 27. Skills and interests Those matters! Keep this section short and to the point Indicate level Basic Knowledge | Working Knowledge Don't use the old boring clichs here: "socializing with friends Don't put many passive, solitary hobbies (reading, watching TV, stamp collecting) Hobbies that are a little out of the ordinary Any evidence of leadership is important to mention: captain or coach of a sports team, course representative, chair of a student society.
  28. 28. Referees Normally two referees are sufficient Many employers dont check references at the application stage You may also provide referees upon request from employer
  29. 29. How long a Resume? Ideally two A4 pages, no more than 3 pages! Recommended fonts: Times New Roman, Calibri, Thoma Recommended font sizes: 10-14 max Use one or two fonts only
  30. 30. The person reading your resume is busy Keep the structure, formatting simple, logical and consistent Use layouts of white space, indentation and bullet points make it easy to read Keep the text of each item brief and self contained
  31. 31. Some common mistakes Grammatical mistakes Improper font size Missing important details Spelling mistakes Too many pages
  32. 32. Poor Presentations Can Hide your most important background and skills from the recruiter Stop your Resume from being read fully Convey a poor standard of work impression in the mind of recruiter Ultimately stop your application form going to the next stage
  33. 33. Resume Donts.. Unnecessary personal information age, heights etc.. Items of controversy political affiliation, controversial employers or activities Salary requirements Errors!
  34. 34. Some tips Know the purpose of your Resume Start with cut and clear objective Put most important information first Highlight your strengths List the technical knowledge first Be clean and clear Avoid abbreviations and acronym No fancy fonts, binders, layout Be positive! Concentrate on what you can do, not what you cant Be truthful Do not fake Backup your claims with good evidence from your own experience Include something exciting about yourself Write, Read, Revise.. Repeat..
  35. 35. Package your Resume Send it in PDF format Rename file name appropriately Accompany with a cover letter
  36. 36. Cover letter Need to be short and sweet one to three paragraphs If an email, make it the email body Opening paragraph express your interest in the job Second paragraph very brief highlight of key qualifications Closing paragraph asking for an interview
  37. 37. Thats It, No big deal :) /