Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips

Trigger Question: By Prof. Ranganathan Aiyar:44 Resume Writing Tips ( Uploaded under knowledge Links)

Prof. VinayChaganti:

Hello Prof. Ranganathan

Let me introduce myself as VinayChaganti, Assistant Professor @ MVGR College of Engineering. This will be my first mail on MTC Groups, and it happens to be in response to your email.

I read all those tips. No doubt, they are pragmatic and useful. But unfortunately my experience says, students, after having taken these tips comeback to ask if there is a template available for them to use. Do you have suggestions to direct students differently on this matter?


Prof. KiranParanjpe

Dear Sir, I read with interest, the mails on the topic of the CV. In my opinion a CV is a larger version of a calling card and the best judge is the potential employer who assesses the candidate on the basis of the CV as well as by other means. The CV is the first step of the selection process and quite naturally, the most important step. The tips are to guide the candidate to write the CV. There is no such thing as an ideal CV. The CV ought to reflect the students personality, his achievements and attitudes; this is the best that one can say. One can have a CV writing contest and get some corporate representative to judge the three best CVs, these will automatically serve as a template for the other students to follow.

Best Regards,

Mr. VipulAgarwal

Dear Friends, With utmost respect to all the gurus, my question is why do colleges insist on having a single standard CV format ? What it does is that it brings the presentation of all students to a common co-efficient which may not be a very high one. It really gets boring to see all students copying not just the format but also the same content from each other. Instead of having a single format, I suggest that colleges should give out guidelines to students and educate them about the resume making process. You may have standard features across the profiles but at the same time students should be allowed to express their own creativity and intelligence (or lack of it). Ofcourse, this could whetted by an internal/external expert. This will also give recruiters an insight into some other aspects of the students that they are interviewing. Regards,

Prof. Bholanath Dutta

Dear All,

Happy Evening!

AFTER counseling students/professionals for over 3-4 years on this particular domain, I would like to share my experiences on the subject under discussion:

(i) Students ( Mgmt) need to explained the differences amongst Bio-data, Resume & CV. As far as my interaction goes majority of them not clear on this part itself.

(ii) Generally, for Mgmt Students the most appropriate is "Resume" as generally CV is for the people having work-experience 5+ years.

(iii) There are many sources to resume writing, many experts are there and even all the job portals support software to create resume with some charge.

(iv) Resume writing is a dynamic subject.

(v) Having said that it doesn't mean that one can start / project personal details and credentials in any order.

(vi) Resume acts like an individual in absence of that person. Hence, it is necessary to be tailor made and highly customized.

(vii) Resume should be prepared based on the job description/ role one is applying for. Needs to be tailor made based on the company philosophy, work culture, job details , values and beliefs.

(viii) Bio-Data is very brief and contain only the personal details . May be of 1/2 page. For most of the apprentice like job / weilding / machine work/ repairing workd etc still bio-data is asked. Resume is little detailed as there are few achievements/credentials to be mentioned. CV is very detailed and run through pages.

(ix) Ideally if a Resume is of one page ( or maximum of one and half or two pages) it sells well. It needs to be precise, brief and highlight the major areas.

(x) The following componenets are of major interests for a mgmt student to reflect in resume:

-- TOP: Name, present address, contact details.

-- Career Objective-- needs to be customized based on the job (company) applied for.

-- Work Experience-- if any, need to come first as employer gives due weightage on this.

-- Project work-- most of the mgmt students this is the real-time work so needs to be highlighted in the begining.

-- Educational Qualification-- Academic & Professional.

-- Areas of Strength-- needs to be customized based on the job (company) applied for.

-- Areas of Interest-- needs to be customized based on the job (company) applied for.

--- Achievement/Awards/Appreciation/Participation

--- Personalia-- DOB, Languages Known, Gender, Marital Status

--- References-- 2 with contact details and designation.

-- Declaration-- place, signature block.

(xi) Along with Resume another thing is very important is covering letter.

(xii) Covering letter must speak about the person in a very precise way and would be able to sell the person and create interest so that employer further refers the resume.

This is in a very nutshell my experiences dealing with this particular subject.

Sri Virendra Goel

My experience as an evaluator has been that students are comfortable with copy and paste hence the entire resumes look similar with same objectives. A few things that I would give weightage as an employer other than the common data are:

1. A handwritten covering letter.(that gives me an idea about the personality of the student, quality of communication and clarity of thoughts)

2. A statement of purpose (instead of career objective) that would show what candidates would like to do with his/her life.

3.During the interview I would take only one criteria and that is can the candidate think, talk and walk like a professional he is claiming to be.

Best Regards