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Jan
12

Revive the Resume

So it’s time to answer the age old question “tell me about yourself!” yes, the time of interviews and placements. But first things first, your resume or popularly known as the CV is the first crucial stage of your hiring process. You can’t really neglect the importance of a well written and well drafted resume. In fact business school and training centers pay a lot of attention to guiding and counseling students about how to approach resume writing and how to improve one’s chances of getting hired by a powerful and articulate resume.

Highlight what all you have little, however small it is

When one appears for job interviews right after graduation or post-graduation, most students lack the work experience and are majorly fresher. However, whatever little experience you gained in all these years can work in your favor and improve your chances of recruitment if you know how to present it well to the interviewer/employer. For examples, you can talk about being a Captain of your School club, handling an inter school competition, working in a live industry project, attending debates/seminars/conferences regularly, putting up kiosks for brand or your own school or college. Or maybe some community work you did or supported a cause or an NGO. You can collate this experience and portray yourself as an active and contributive member of the society and an individual who takes risks and initiatives.

Get recommendation of your work. Using online portals

A good feedback of your work and assignments can always come handy to bring up during an interview. You can gain these recommendations by taking feedback of your work and performance from your professors, mentors, or people you worked with during your live projects and summer internships or maybe from a former employer and manager. You can also showcase your experience and recommendations with the help of a few online portals like LinkedIn, PartnerUp, and VisualCV where professionals unite and help each other highlight their achievements and skills.

The good habit of proofreading

Always, always, always proofread before you publish, share, or print your resume. This golden rule never changes or goes out of practice. You may think that you framed a nice sentence in your resume, however, when the recruiter read it, he/she might not understand or misunderstand it completely. Always read and reread and reread your resume before sharing it with someone. That includes reading for spelling and grammar or punctuation errors or updating an information. For example, making changes in your academic accomplishments from ‘pursuing’ to ‘completed’ or adding a few lines about your recent work experience.

With preparing a good resume don’t forget to back it up with appropriate confidence and credibility and correct information when you finally get the call and meet the potential recruiter and employer. Ensure that you know your CV completely and are ready to take any questions and query on it with complete knowledge and confidence.

Pick the right words. Represent solutions

By offering a role to you, the recruiter is looking for positivity, solutions, and assurance of quality from you. And the way you talk and the kind of words you use, reflect your character and strength. Hence carefully chose the words you use during an interview and of course refrain from sounding cool and cheeky and maintain professionalism by speaking only when required and speaking what the employer wants to hear. Avoid using words and phrases such as ‘obviously!’ ‘Are you kidding me?’ ‘I don’t believe you!’ or the verbiage of uncertainty ‘I can’t really tell’ ‘hmm depends! For using such statements you might make your chances of getting hired, bleaker.