In the world of cutthroat competition and immense pressure, the requirement of a good résumé has never been more important. While your academics and work experience might speak for you, a weak résumé is pretty capable of letting go of your dream job. So here is the list of some uncommon mistakes that one can likely commit while writing a résumé. At the end of this article, I’ve also included the names of the best websites that will make your task of résumé writing even more effortless.
Statement of purpose.
It is important to create your CV according to the job profile. It is pointless to list out your experience in the field of marketing, if you’re applying for content writing. A CV needs to be specific and don’t be surprised if you have to create multiple CVs in future to land your dream job. By putting up a Statement of Purpose, you’re sending a message that you realize the requirement of the organization and how you are the perfect person for the job. For a well-crafted
Statement of Purpose, you need to understand yourself, the kind of job you are meant for and hence convince the interviewer to pick you over someone else for the job.
An ideal résumé shouldn’t be more than 1 page.
Okay, this one isn’t so uncommon but it is important. Your CV shouldn’t be longer than a page. If your CV exceeds the limit, then it is best to use header for basic information (name, address, date of birth, email address) to space it out. Use a font of 12. Ensure that you use a maximum of 10 bold-font words, to highlight.
You really need to structure every sentence in a way that it creates an impact in the first half of the sentence. Avoid writing something like “Participated in ‘XYZ event’ and secured 2nd position”. The interviewer will only brush through your résumé and he must catch your achievements. He might not even bother to read the second half of the sentence. So in such a case, it is better to write “Secured 2nd position in ‘XYZ event’”, as it obviously is the better accomplishment.
I cannot stress this enough. It is quite plausible that you might miss out a couple of grammatical or factual or spelling errors. It is crucial that you get your CV proof read by at least 3 different people. A constructive opinion or suggestion never hurts.
Cancel repetitive stuff.
It is never a good idea to drag stuff out! It will only take up more space unnecessarily and will obstruct in giving a neat format. If you’ve done two internships with the same organization, put it under one point, as opposed to numerous points. If you think your CV is lacking under the ‘work experience’ section, make up for it in your academics, extracurricular, etc. But always remember to balance it out.
Writing a résumé is a careful business. And you must update your résumé with time and the requirement of the job. You will find some amazing websites over the internet that will assist you in writing the correct résumé. Some of them are www.resumeedge.com, www.resume.com, www.resume-help.org/, www.blueskyresumes.com/, www.resumesplanet.com/, www.resumegenius.com and so on.
So, here is your guide to a great résumé and an even greater future. Good luck!
A student of English Literature at the Delhi University, Shruti is a diehard fan of Hugh Laurie, J.K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini and Robert Downey Jr. Passionate about food, books, movies and sitcoms, this Potterhead has found her niche in creative writing and plans to go places.