What is Resume?
The resume is a document that contains a summary of your background- education, work experience, skills, credentials, and accomplishments.
Resume mostly along with cover letter commonly used as the first step in your job search and securing a professional job position.
Why do you need to build your UNIQUE resume?
Your resume acts as your introduction to your potential employer before actually meeting him/her in person. On average hiring, personnel looks at your resume, not more than 20 seconds. You must capture their attention in that short period.
If you are creating your resume without any originality ripping it from thousands of resumes that are available online.
It will not help you in landing your dream job. Many companies are using resume scanning software (ATS) when you copy or submit a shabby resume you are rejected in seconds.
Advantages of creating your resume from scratch:
- It creates a good first impression on your potential employer.
- It acts as your personalized Marketing tool.
- It helps the recruiter understand your background in a precise and concise manner.
- A well-constructed resume highlights your strengths to the hiring company giving you the edge over the other candidates during the screening process.
- A resume can act as a self-analysis tool. It helps you understand your strengths and weakness.
- A structured resume can pass resume scanning software with ease.
GENERAL GUIDELINES: for formatting, structure, and template.
Decide on your resume template. There are a lot of templates available online. The problem with many of these templates is customization becomes difficult. You type one extra sentence or try adding a headline, alignment will be all over the place.
Create your own in MS WORD or GOOGLE DOCS using the below guidelines.
1.Use 1 inch margin on all the sides, 10 – 12 pt font size, and 1.15 line spacing.
2. If you are using 12 pt as your font size, select 14 pt font size for header and add extra space before and after each section heading.
3.Bold the section headings to separate them from the rest.
4. Be consistent in your resume, follow the same date format for example: (Feb 2010-Mar 2011) don’t change it to (02/2010-03/2011)
5. Check for grammatical errors.
6. Don’t use short forms or jargon.
7.The ideal resume size to a 1-page maximum of 2 pages, don’t go beyond that.
8. Don’t alter the original information; if you are shortlisted, you will easily get caught either during the interview process or in the background check. You will lose your credibility.
9. Proofread your resume.
NOW apply and
Take that first crucial step towards your dream job.