Lesson: Professional Resume Writing Tips And Career Advice

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Professional Resume Writing Tips And Career Advice

Lesson Plan

A professional resume is a valuable document that determines how well you will fare in a job interview or the screening process. For those who are starting as fresher’s or have not had to look out for jobs for a long time, it can be difficult to know how to write a good, professional resume.
 
There are many reputable resume writing services in India that you can hire to help you with your professional resume. Nevertheless, in this article, we would like to discuss some of the most important tips for writing your resume.
 
Tips To Write A Good Resume
 
Stated below are a few important things that you need to know and keep in mind when writing your resume. 

1. Keep Only The Required Details
 
A resume is meant to be very short and specific for a particular job posting. Depending on the job you are applying for, keep the details of your professional and academic achievements to the most essential only. For instance, if you are applying for a job as a programmer, you can include your experience in this field, certificates from various programming courses, and so on. But if you also have experience in some other field, you do not need to include that in your resume unless it is relevant to the job.
 
2. Have A Resume Template On Hand
 
Sometimes during a job hunt, you might have to apply for multiple jobs at the same time. When this happens, it is easier if you have a general template of your resume at hand. This way, you can simply add in the relevant details for each and send it in. Some services like Google Docs offer ready-made resume templates for free. If not that, then you can create your own template. 
 
3. Highlight Your Contact Information
 
Your contact information is one of the most important details on the resume. When you write down your name, correspondence address, telephone number, and email address make sure that they are properly visible and do not have any spelling errors.
 
4. Choose The Format Carefully
 
A professional looking resume should use either Times New Roman or Arial font with size 12 and 1.15 to 1.5 line spacing. This is the most accepted formatting for resumes. Similarly, the margin should be at 1.00. Each section should have a clear heading highlighted in bold so that it is easy to skim through the resume. Make sure that there are even spaces between each section as well. With these tips in mind, you can make your resume stand out. For more such help, you can also hire professional resume writing services in India or elsewhere.
 
5. Work Experience
 
When you are a veteran in a field, you are bound to have a long list of things you have experience in. However, a general rule of thumb in resume writing is that you mention only the highlights of your career from the last ten or fifteen years. Even then, not all details are needed to be mentioned in the resume. Make sure that you state only relevant information about your work experience.
 
6.     Do Not Panic If You Do Not Have The Relevant Skills
 
As opposed to an industry veteran, a fresher joining in may not have a lot of work experience. This is completely fine and there is no need to panic. In this case, you can mention your relevant and transferable skills, like writing or editing, as well as relevant academic projects and achievements. Also, include a cover letter that explains why you think you would be a good fit for the job.
 
7. How To Write Your Work Experience
 
When you list out your work experiences, put them down as prominent bullet points with brief explanations about your roles at each job. Mention your work or internships in reverse order, with the most recent ones at the top. Each section should have its headings and even subheadings for clarity.
 
8. Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Updated
 
Many employers can often ask you to send in your LinkedIn profile along with your resume. LinkedIn is a social media website that allows you to connect and network with other industry professionals. Through your LinkedIn profile, an employer can learn a lot about your professional experience and life. If you are unsure about how to curate your LinkedIn profile, you can always hire professional LinkedIn profile writing services.
 
9. Educational Background
 
Always mention your educational information in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent degree or course you graduated from. Further, your educational details should be mentioned after your work experience. You do not need to mention your graduation dates, but if you do wish to mention them stick to just writing the month and the year.
 
10. Gaps In Work Experience

You do not need to mention any short jobs you may have worked at. If you have taken a long break from your career or have a serious history of job-hopping, an employer will want to know the reason behind it as it may affect the work you do. Be ready to explain why you had to take a break or leave a job on short notice.
 
Do not write anything creative or out of the box in your resume to explain the gap years. This will only result in your resume not being taken seriously. For instance, do not say things like ‘I adeptly took care of household chores and child-rearing’ during the gap years, as these are not considered professionally relevant. 

11.  Adding The Final Touches

Always proofread your resume and edit any errors in spelling or grammar. Do not send in the resume without proofreading it, as an error will be seen as your lack of credibility and attention to detail. The file should always be saved in .pdf format and not as a .doc or .docx file. Name the PDF file professionally, preferably with your full name. If a company you are applying to has specific formats to name the file, follow that. Finally, keep updating your resume as often as once or twice a year so that you do not forget to include important achievements in your professional life.

Conclusion

Apart from these tips, always remember to be punctual and polite to all employees at a company you go to for an interview. Your interview starts from the moment you step inside a building and you will be assessed on how you behave throughout the process.

As you update your resume, remember to also update your LinkedIn profile or ask the LinkedIn profile writing services you hire, to do that for you. With these tips in mind, you can secure your perfect job.

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