Resume and curriculum vitae act as entry tickets to a job. Today's world is full of competition. A prospective employer is in search for a person who is active, productive, and skillful in nature and with a positive attitude. The resume should reflect the attitude and details of education, age, qualification, experience etc. The resume should be written with relevance to the particular job. Gone are the days where one resume was used for all the jobs.
The resume should be attractive enough to catch the attention of the employer among the thousands of resumes. It is important that the resume should be free from any common mistakes. Effective resume writing: An effective resume should contain basic sections viz., complete and powerful contact information, headline of what is being offered by the employee to the employer, summary of skills ? highlighting relevant skills will be an added advantage, professional experience which has to be relevant and last but not the least educational qualification- details of grades, year of passing etc. An effective resume will be free from grammatical and spelling mistakes.
This shows the command over the language. Hence, it is very important to proof-read more than twice to avoid any mistakes in the resume. Common mistakes in a resume: The resume with irrelevant contents is a common mistake, like the information regarding the children, spouse, hobbies etc and also when applying for a computer job, it is irrelevant to show an experience of a position held as an accountant. When using creative fonts, one has to be very careful. It might be easier to read on the computer of the person writing the resume, but not necessarily it can be readable in the employer's computer.
If the font is not found in the computer it will show bizarre information. The resume should not be like a job application, the previous employer's name, contact information of the previous employer; reasons for leaving the job are irrelevant in the resume. Never get obsessed about the length of the resume but focus on the content. Also personal pronouns like "I", "me" should be avoided, as it might pose you as an egoistic person.
When sending resumes to multiple recruiters never send it via one email, as personalized addressing is very important.
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