Resume Tips

Purpose

A resume is a self-marketing tool. It is designed with one purpose in mind - to "sell" your skills, knowledge, and experience to an employer so that he/she will invite you for an interview. An effective resume speaks to the employer's needs and requirements and demonstrates a match between what you have to offer and those requirements. It stimulates interest in you by summarizing information: unique qualities well developed skills, relevant work or academic experiences, or accomplishments that clearly differentiate you from the competition.

Chronological Resume (Preferred)

In this type of resume, job history is organized chronologically with the most recent information first. Job titles and organizations are emphasized and duties and accomplishments are described in detail. A chronological resume is easy to read, since it highlights names of employers and job titles, and emphasizes career growth. It is best suited to those whose career goals are clear and whose job objectives are aligned with their work history.

A chronological resume is advantageous when:
• your recent employers and/or job titles are impressive;
• you are staying in the same career field;
• your job history shows progress;
• you are working in a field where traditional job search methods are utilized (e.g., education,
   government).

A chronological resume is not advantageous when:
• you are changing careers;
• you have changed employers frequently;
• you want to de-emphasize age;
• you have been absent from the job market.



Functional Resume

Stay away from a function resume if at all possible. In a functional resume, skills and accomplishments developed through work, academic, and community experiences are highlighted. Your skills and potential can be stressed and lack of experience or possible gaps in work history de-emphasized. However, it is important to realize employers often view functional resumes more critically for these very same reasons.

The functional resume is advantageous when:
• you want to emphasize capabilities not used in recent work experience;
• you want to emphasize personal qualities relevant to the job such as industriousness, cooperative attitude, related interests, and aptitudes;
• you want to focus on capabilities rather than lengthy employment history;
• you are changing careers/re-entering the job market;
• your career growth in the past has not been continuous and progressive;
• you have a variety of unrelated work experiences;
• your work has been free-lance, consulting, or temporary in nature.

The functional resume is not advantageous when:
• you have little work experience;
• you want to emphasize promotions and career growth;
• you are working in highly traditional fields, such as teaching, accounting, and politics, where employers should be highlighted.

Combination Resume

This format combines the best elements of the chronological and functional types. It presents patterns of accomplishments and skills in a section headed "Areas of Effectiveness" or "Qualifications Summary." But it also includes a brief work history and education summary. This format is advantageous for those who wish to change to a job in a related career field.

Preparing your Resume

The categories of information you include on your resume should provide answers to these questions:
1. Contact section: Who are you and how can you be reached?
2. Objective statement: What do you want to do?
3. Education section: What have you learned?
4. Experience/Employment section: What can you do? What have you done?
5. Professional activities and accomplishments: How have you been recognized?
6. Miscellaneous: What else do they want to know about you?

Sequence the categories according to what is most important to the employer and your career objective. A recent college graduate with limited experience should usually put the education section first since it is the most significant qualification. Education should also be listed first when, as in the case of teaching, law, medicine, or engineering, education is a qualifying requirement. In a situation where an applicant wants to emphasize significant work or extracurricular experience or when an employer seeks to fill jobs in fields such as sales, public relations, or merchandising, the experience or work history category may be listed first.

1. Contact Information
Begin your resume with your name by capitalizing or using bold type. Include street address, city, state, and Pin code. Include phone number(s) where you can be reached weekdays, 9am-5pm. Designate your home phone with an "H," and work number with "W," or a "Messages" number.

2. Career/Job Objective
This is recommended only for recent graduates or entry level personnel. Experience and professional job seekers rarely include it. This component of the resume can be very challenging to write. The purpose of the objective statement is to inform the reader of your career goals and qualifications. The statement should be written specifically enough to let the reader know that you have a focus to your job search. If you are considering a variety of objectives, you may want to relay the relevant objective in an accompanying cover letter.

3. Educational Highlights
This section is most effective when you have experiences from your education that are impressive and/or directly relate to your objective. Adding this section is useful when you have developed skills and specific knowledge through your education rather than work experience. This section can be used to highlight coursework, research, or special knowledge that complements your objective. This information is useful in a resume of entry level candidates and recent graduates.

An alternative to highlighting courses is to list the skills and knowledge acquired through important courses and research.

Summary information about your undergraduate and graduate education should be included in your resume. List the name and location of the school, time period or date of degree, the degree received, and academic honors. You may also list any continuing education and significant professional training but do not list every course or seminar you have attended. In general, the more recently you have attended college, the more education related information you may want to provide as you will most likely have relatively less work experience.

If degree/program is not directly related to current job objective, begin with the university, followed by the location, degree and emphasis, and graduation date.

If you are within two semesters of graduation, do not use "expected" or "anticipated" with month/year of graduation.

If your education relates to your objective and is within the past three years, it should be the first section. If not, education should follow the work experience section of your resume.

4. Employment and or Experience Summary
A brief summary of qualifications can condense an extensive background by emphasizing experiences and accomplishments in brief phrases. The qualifications summary is accomplishment-oriented and provides an overview of your work experience. A summary is most appropriated for someone with substantial experience, for someone who is changing careers and wants to demonstrate transferable skills, or for someone with an eclectic background.

In general, you should list, in successive order for each position you have held, your employer, position title, dates (year to year), a brief description of your position, and accomplishments. You need to devote little space to explain commonly known responsibilities for positions such as Manager, Sr. Manager or Director. You will probably devote more space for positions such as assistant manager, engineer, and similar jobs. You should also indicate the size of the budget and number of employees for whom you were responsible. Give brief, illustrative examples of your responsibilities and accomplishments. This is where you have the opportunity to tailor (while being accurate and truthful) your resume to what the employer is seeking. Begin with your current/most recent position and work backward, chronologically. Devote more space to recent employment. If your job titles relate to your current job objective, start each position description with job titles. If not, begin with the organization.

Follow job title and organizational information with the organization's city and state.

Use the first and last month and year to describe dates of employment.

Describe the last three to five positions in detail. Summarize earlier positions unless relevant to your objective.

Do not show every position change with each employer. Only list the most recent and describe promotions.

Do not repeat skills that are common to several positions.

Within each listed position, stress the major accomplishments and responsibilities that demonstrate your competency. It is not necessary to include all responsibilities, as they will be assumed by employers.

Tailor your position descriptions to future job/career objectives.

One-page resumes are preferred for entry-level positions.

Two-Three page resumes are preferred for experienced persons.

5. Professional Activities and Accomplishments

This part of your resume offers you the opportunity to provide insight into your career development. You should be selective and complete, listing such items as memberships in professional associations and offices held, professional registrations, honors received, and major articles or publications you have written. Do not list every article or every speech you may have given or every conference you have attended. Emphasize quality - this section of the resume should help you to demonstrate you are current and active in your profession.

Resume Checklist

The following checklist has been designed to assist you in writing your resume.

1. Overall appearance...
makes an immediately favorable impression
is inviting to read
is easy to read
looks professional

2. Contact information...
is clearly presented at the top.
includes address information;
includes telephone number(s) where you can be reached day and night

3. Objective (optional; use if yours is specific)...
includes type and level of position sought
includes type and size of organization sought
emphasizes strongest qualifications and skills pertinent to desired job

4. Organization...
highlights strongest qualifications or credentials
uses headings to help establish common ground with employer
is brief - usually one page unless you have 5-10 years experience

5. Content...
demonstrates ability to do the job and speaks to employer's needs
supports and substantiates objective
stresses transferable professional skills, accomplishments, and results
contains only that personal data relevant to the job
omits racial, religious, or political affiliations

6. Education section includes...
most recent degree
list of other degrees or relevant training
name and location of university, college, or training institution
major, minor, and/or area(s) of concentration or interest
relevant coursework, skills, or knowledge

7. Extracurricular activities section (optional) includes...
list of most impressive offices held, including title and organization
leadership roles and transferable skills
pertinent professional memberships

8. Experience section...
Each relevant paid, volunteer, extracurricular, intern, or co-op experience
dates position held
description of transferable skills, accomplishments, and effectiveness
specific examples of successes and results supporting your objective
examples that quantify results or successes

9. Language...
is expressed in succinct manner
dates position held
uses action verbs to begin phrases
has short action-oriented phrases instead of complete sentences
is free from grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors
is in active rather than passive voice
uses vocabulary of the field for which you are applying

10. Layout and space utilization...
is crisp and clean
separates sections and incorporates enough blank space for easy reading
centers text with adequate margins

11. Highlighting and emphasis...
uses bold type, underlining, different type styles and sizes
is well balanced

12. Printing and reproduction...
paper is high quality; heavy weight bond
paper is off-white, ivory, light tan, light gray, or other conventional color
reproduction is clear, clean and professional
print is letter quality, never photocopied

Key Resume Phrases and Words to be used

The following phrases and words may help with organizing your resume statements. They convey involvement and accomplishments and make your resume more readable. Interaction with...
Acted as liaison for/between...
Edited...
Established...
Formulated...
Handled...
Initiated...
Implemented...
Maintained...
Managed...
Assigned territory consisting of...
Promoted to/from...
Instrumental in...
Recipient of...
Honored as...
Remained as...
Innovation resulted in...
...amounting to a total savings of...
Recommendations accepted by...
Administered...
Assisted with...
Adept at...
Analyzed/Assessed...
Arranged...
Coordinated...
Conducted...
Counseled...
Delegated...
Directed...
Demonstrated...
Developed...
Advised...
Budgeted...
Consulted...
Delivered...
Drafted...
Evaluated...
Gathered...
Improved...
Installed...
Instructed...
Investigated...
Negotiated...
Organized...
Performed...
Planned...
Presented...
Recommended...
Proven track record in...
Experience involved/included...
Successful in/at...
More than ____ years experience...
Expertise and demonstrated skills...
Experienced in all facets/phases...
Knowledge of/experienced as...
Extensive training/involvement...
Proficient/competent at...
Initially employed...
Specialize in...
Temporarily assigned to...
Direct/Indirect control...
Served/Operated as...
In charge of...
Familiar with...
Assigned to...
Contracted/Subcontracted...
Acted/Functioned as...
Provided technical assistance...
...on an ongoing/regular basis...
...to ensure maximum/optimum...
Worked closely with...

One of the leading Indian IT major is looking for Senior Developers with following skill sets;

  • Position: Senior ETL Developers
  • Primary skill experience in Teradata & Data stage. Secondary skill experience in UNIX
  • Experience level: 3 – 6 years in related filed
  • The candidate should have knowledge on BI/Datawarehouse concepts, should be able to make ETL & Unix Scripts changes independently.
  • The candidate should be able to DB2 SQL queries to TD queries
  • The candidate should be able to meet the planned timelines on a daily basis and would be the SPOC to resolve all the issues on Datastage & Teradata faced in the respective assigned tracks & would be accountable for the overall quality of the work products in the assigned track.

Interested candidates can mail their updated resumes to astra@adastraconsultants.com

 

One of the leading Indian IT major is looking for Senior Developers with following skill sets;

  • Position: Senior ETL Developers
  • Primary skill experience in Teradata & Data stage. Secondary skill experience in UNIX
  • Experience level: 3 – 6 years in related filed
  • The candidate should have knowledge on BI/Datawarehouse concepts, should be able to make ETL & Unix Scripts changes independently.
  • The candidate should be able to DB2 SQL queries to TD queries
  • The candidate should be able to meet the planned timelines on a daily basis and would be the SPOC to resolve all the issues on Datastage & Teradata faced in the respective assigned tracks & would be accountable for the overall quality of the work products in the assigned track.

Interested candidates can mail their updated resumes to astra@adastraconsultants.com

 

One of the leading Indian IT major is looking for Senior Developers with following skill sets;

  • Position: Senior ETL Developers
  • Primary skill experience in Teradata & Data stage. Secondary skill experience in UNIX
  • Experience level: 3 – 6 years in related filed
  • The candidate should have knowledge on BI/Datawarehouse concepts, should be able to make ETL & Unix Scripts changes independently.
  • The candidate should be able to DB2 SQL queries to TD queries
  • The candidate should be able to meet the planned timelines on a daily basis and would be the SPOC to resolve all the issues on Datastage & Teradata faced in the respective assigned tracks & would be accountable for the overall quality of the work products in the assigned track.

Interested candidates can mail their updated resumes to astra@adastraconsultants.com