How To Make A Perfect Resume That Matches Your Career Goals

Finding a suitable Job that matches your profile is a very difficult task and the first step to accomplishing this task is to make a good Resume. A well made resume or CV is the best way to make a good first-impression on your future employer. As the popular adage says – “First impression is the last impression”, this is very relevant in the professional world. A well made CV could make all the difference between whether you are noticed by your future employers or your resume just becomes one of countless ones that are given a cursory glance & discarded.

It is important that you identify your Career Goals before writing your Resume. It is very important that the recruiter perceives what your Career Goals are, so that he could identify which Job profile will be suitable for you. Making a Resume or CV that give details about your professional aim would be very convenient if you follow the guidelines that are enlisted below:

  • Before mentioning your Career Goals in your Resume or CV, it is obvious first you need to do some sort of self assessment about what your expectations from your professional life are. It is important that you find answers to following questions for understanding your Career Goals in a better way:
  1. Which part of your work at you last job was satisfactory for you?
  2. What according to you is job satisfaction?
  3. What tasks can you do more efficiently at your work place?
  • Answers to above three questions will greatly help you in not just identifying your Career Goals but also in expressing them thoroughly in your Resume. Emphasizing on the answers of these questions in your Resume will make a good impression about your clarity of mind regarding your professional goals.
  • It is also important to identify what kind of business environment and workplace culture will suit you. Mentioning few details about your comfort zone will get you quicker response from the potential employers.
  • It is very important that you highlight your skills and interests in your Resume because they will surely help the recruiter to have a better insight about your professional goals
  • Finally, it is important that you highlight your suitability for the Job profile & how it matches with your career aspirations.

When you have clearly identified and understood what your Career aspirations and goals are then start making an elaborate and detailed Resume or CV accordingly. It is possible that you miss out some important points because you may really not know about the perfect Resume Format that will be noticed easily by potential recruiters. Therefore, availing Resume Making services from a credible company would be highly beneficial.

Tips On Writing a Resume to Get a Promotion

The first and foremost requirement, when looking for a change of job profile and establishment on works for, it is very essential to get your resume in line. For recruiters, the one document that establishes the credibility at one glance is the nature and competence of a resume. Hence, it becomes very crucial to make a resume credible, and up to the mark for all kinds of port folios. The basic requirements of all kinds of resumes or curriculum vitae are similar, but in order to give your resume that extra edge, and make it stand out, one can make several simple changes, which can effectively raise the standard of the content in it.

Points To Remember While Writing A Resume
A summary is the introduction of your career so far and a brief on the kind of job opportunities you are looking for. The companies where you apply for a job, at any post, can either be offering what you need or not, and this part of the resume will help them get a chance to experience your confidence in terms of ambitions and goals.

  • Your work experience is what comes next and is responsible for the showcase of whatever work you may have done in your designated field. This part of the resume is meant for the recruiters to find reasons for hiring you. This section needs to carry the responsibilities you may have undertaken while at your current or previous job and your areas of forte.
  • Also, the level of education, special trainings, learning programs you have taken in your designated fields, should be mentioned well, so as to highlight the edge you have over other applicants. One may have a sound qualification, but not mentioning the same, in the apt way can make the degrees go waste as well.
  • Your goals and reasons for a promotion should be mentioned well in your resume, so that the recruiters get a clear idea of the kind of work you want to take up.
  • Be concise in your content. Also, no ambiguities are welcome by recruiters as they require clear-cut statements from applicants.

There are also services of Resume Writing, offered by professionals, and these writers help shape your resume the best possible manner. These services are usually cost-effective, useful and take care of every kind of requirements of clients, with regard to the content to be mentioned in a resume.

What To Ask In Your Job Interview

Traditional interviews used to be question and answer rounds where the hiring managers asked the questions and the candidates answered. The written and oral recommendations were trusted completely and there were often only limited responses to the job posts which qualified. Modern Job Interviews are much more complex affairs where the hiring managers have to verify the sincerity of the candidates among other things. Modern Job Interviews are more in the patterns of conversations rather than question and answer rounds. Modern Job Interviews offer opportunities where the candidate can put questions to the interviewer.

The opportunity of questioning the interviewer should be utilized well. It is a good idea to prepare the questions before hand rather than attempting to form them during the interview itself. Some of the questions which you can put to the interviewer are:

What Are The Qualities That You Are Looking For?
It would be very helpful to know the expectations which your bosses will have from you while you serve in the post. Most of the job requirements which are posted by the companies provide the job profile where the basic requirements are mentioned, but asking the interviewer about it would provide further clarifications. You would be in a better position to tackle the interview and put the stresses on the relevant parts of your experience. This question should be asked at the beginning of the interview.

What Are The Expected Challenges?
A question about the challenges in the job will not only put you in better perspective of the post, but the ensuing conversation puts you in a convenient position to present your abilities to handle the challenges of the job. This would be a good question to ask if you are a fresher.

What Are The Appraisal / Incentive Policies?
This is a question which most candidates shy away from, thinking that it would hamper his chances of getting selected. It is actually quite the opposite. A candidate who enquires about the appraisal policies is a candidate who is looking for growth and often leaves a favorable impression on the interviewer. This question also opens the opportunities for salary negotiation.

Would You Like To Discuss Anything In Resume Which Looks Like Shortcomings?
This question is a sound way of ending the interview. This question provides you with the opportunities of defending your weak points. Many a job opportunity has been lost due to weaknesses which the candidate did not have a chance to clarify or defend.

Though the opportunity of questioning the interviewer should be utilized, it is also important to ask the correct questions. Do not put questions just for the sake of asking them. This very often leads to questions with obvious answers and ends up providing a negative image before the interviewer.

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How To Prepare Effective Resume And Cover Letter?

Drafting technical resumes can be challenging for both fresh graduates aspiring to enter the booming IT industry and well-experienced IT experts with rich work history and a long list of projects. What are the important factors to be taken into consideration while preparing a technical resume? What is the importance of an IT job application, and how should it be created?

Here Is A List Of The Must -Haves In An IT Resume:

  • Focus On Past Results:
    Recruitment experts suggest that a candidate applying to IT jobs should mention certifications and achievements in terms of results to make it more impactful.
  • Cover Letter:
    The most common predicament among candidates is whether to include a cover letter in their job application or not. Well, a cover letter basically speaks on your behalf and increases your chances of securing an interview.
  • Skills:
    List IT skills under a separate category naming ‘Technical Expertise’. Highlight your main area indicating your aptness for the job you are seeking. Also provide the interviewer with information about your future potential under the same heading.
    Technical skills would include skills related to hardware, software, operating systems, networks, programming tools etc. Details of successfully completed projects, of which the candidates were a part, must be included.
  • Achievements:
    Candidates must mention awards won or letters of appreciation received, along with the overall impact of one’s contribution towards the company’s growth.
  • Work History:
    In an industry where technical expertise rules, it is highly essential that an IT resume details qualitative work output, along with enhanced learning in previously held roles.

Writing an effective resume takes planning as well as completing a thorough self-assessment. A carefully thought out resume will increase your chances of getting that all important interview. So organize your information in a logical manner and keep descriptions clear and to the point, including all your work experience to get the job opportunity.

Essentials For A Great Resume!

What separates a good resume from the great? Basically, a resume is a tool with one specific purpose: To present an accurate profile in front of a recruiter and get shortlisted for a position. If it achieves the same, it works; if it doesn’t, it is surely not an effective resume. Unquestionably, evaluating resumes is a subjective matter. But in the same process, there are a few things that a great resumes need to have, to outshine from the crowd. Here’s a list of the same:

Concise And Complete:
A job-hunter should be able to include all necessary information in a brief manner, without creating information overload. Information should be included about every place an individual has ever worked and each high school, college, or university an individual has attended.

Highlighting components:
Often the most important determining factors in whether or not an individual gets the job, depends upon those aspects that are being highlighted in a Resume. Here’s a list of must-have Resume aspects that should be highlighted:

  • Experience:
    A great resume includes a list of job titles. A job title needs to be descriptive yet crisp, indicating the parameters of a particular position.
  • Duties:
    The best resumes include a description of duties for each position held. The list of duties can help an employer to understand the full range of an applicant’s experience.
  • References:
    An employer is not interested in mediocre recommendations or those from your relatives. Therefore, proper references i.e. that of one’s superiors, should be included in a Resume.

Write your resumes with the intention to create interest and to persuade the employer to call you. If you realize that a great resume can be your ticket to getting exactly the job you want, you may be able to gather required know and how of creating a resume that attracts the recruiters like a magnet.

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You may follow these simple guidelines and techniques for writing a proper cover letter.

  • The very first step is to tell the employer about the post or profile of the job you are seeking. The employer should be well informed about your interest for a specific position.
  • Avoid using “I” and focus on the employer.
  • Do not exceed you cover letter by one page. It should be short and precise.
  • Try covering all the important points from your resume.
  • Try to use an innovative way for salutation. Do not stick to the old pattern.
  • Double check before sending it to the employer to avoid any mistakes.

How to write the Opening Paragraph?

  • Your opening paragraph should grab the reader’s attention.
  • Mention and discuss the position you are applying for.
  • Highlight the main points, which you are going to discuss further.

How to start the body of the Cover Letter?

  • Put more emphasis on your qualification and accomplishments.
  • Explain how you can be beneficial for the company.
  • Be specific and do not generalize facts.
  • You can provide some examples regarding your achievements.

How to sum up your Cover Letter?

  • Ask for an interview and try to set up a possible date when you are available
  • Tell them that you will keep a contact rather than asking them to contact you.
  • Thank them in the end for considering you.

“Simplicity is the best policy”. So, be simple with your ideas and customize your cover letter by following the above-mentioned guidelines and techniques.

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  • Utilize Life Experience and Volunteering Efforts: While one may not have professional job experience, there may be other skill-based activities that contribute to a job. For instance, if one has volunteered to be a part-time librarian for a library in one’s locality, one not only has organizational skills but is up-to-date with technology to create databases for record keeping.
  • Add College Honors: Another way to show one’s knowledge as an entry-level professional—even with little job experience—is by including the college honors in the resume. Keep this in mind that adding this information works if one is a recent college graduate and even then if it specifically proves that one is qualified for the job.
  • Cover Letter: A cover letter is a document that can be highlighted well in an interview. This document can be used to one’s advantage by talking about the strong desire to work in the position one is applying for and how the time spent as a college student or stay at home parent can make a difference to the company. One should speak with a passion that would make the employer realize that what is being said is meant in total honesty. It can be useful when the employer does not see a long professional history.

Instead of writing a biography, simply present important points in the professional/academic/personal background to explain why one is interested in moving forward professionally and how those experiences makes for a great candidate.

Sometimes it can feel intimidating to compete against individuals with more experience. But in the end, employers are looking for someone who can get the job done. If one can prove this, then position can definitely be obtained without hurdles.

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