This is to catch the attention of all the professionals around, regarding their attempts to career advances. I felt the need for writing such an article because:
Yesterday, I sent a mail seeking resumes of all the interested guys for a technical job opening at the organization, where I am working. I received responses from 4-5 people by the time of writing this article and was really disappointed to see the resumes attached therein. In my view, your resume is your first impression upon your employer, and I am sure, no one intends to spoil his/her first impression. I saw a number of blunders in those resumes, which could be sufficient reasons for an employer to reject your profile into the trash. I am trying to articulate them, and requesting you all to first look at the body of anything you write before you send it to anyone else, be it your resume.
* Run a thorough spell-check on your resume. [very important, and I found many mistakes]
* Read it completely and let anyone else with good semantic knowledge of English read it, to check the flow in it. [I found titles of projects and training, not matching the description.]
* Don’t write much (don’t create a fuss over) about the small and irrelevant details, because you need to be packed with the explanation for those things at the time of personal or technical discussion.
* Elaborate on the projects, which seem relevant to the particular opening. They increase the chances of your profile selection.
* Don’t repeat the description of the projects with each project being added to your profile. They have to be different somehow! I saw this peculiar thing in the resume, which I am attaching herewith.
* Highlight those skills, which you really have! Otherwise, an interviewer having a better knowledge of the subject may screw you anytime during your interview. For example, writing, Reading, as your hobby may attract a good discussion between you and the interview. That may end up exasperating you if you don’t have the guts or wits to justify all that.
* Have a specific career objective, which really shows your interest in joining that particular company, and highlight some particular skills matching their requirements, if possible.
* Write a cover letter, especially for a particular opening, if possible. More importantly, don’t let your friend copy your cover letter if he is going to apply for the same post in the same company.