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When I was applying for my first job, I had spent around 5 hours drafting my resume. I know for a fact that nearly 90 percent of the newly graduated students consume more than several hours to develop their resumes.
For employers who form the leaders of an industry, a resume is the candidate’s first interaction with them. As the famous saying goes, “Your first impression is the last impression”, your resume forms a fair perception of yourself in the minds of the employer.
And this is what most of our universities and colleges fail to teach their students. They are taught quite a lot of diverse courses but the most important ingredient for securing a job in an organization is missed out on them.
A well-defined good quality resume considerably increases the chances of an applicant, of being called in for a face-to- face interview. It is an element that gets you through the very basic stages of a job application.
Therefore, its importance cannot be denied. It will not be incorrect to say that due to the unmatched role of a resume in painting the candidate as a potential employee, there is a dire need for introducing a new course in the curriculum of universities and colleges.
I have come across resumes of Gold Medalists with improper and unprofessional structure and formatting. This contributes a lot in not being called in for an interview, sending them up unemployed.
Why? The employees sitting in the competitive job market of today’are becoming increasingly intolerant toward badly structured employment applications and resumes. While we wait for the educational institutes to cater to this very urgent need of time, here are a few tips for a starter.
Layout and length of the resume are a key. Both of these go a long way in impressing the potential employer. Taking care of the two above mentioned factors show that you care.
The resume should be structured in a proper and a uniform manner always starting from latest to earliest work experience, educational background, and achievements.
If a resume contains spelling mistakes or has a sloppy appearance, your potential employer will not take seriously. Always proofread your resume before final submission of your application.
3. Take Advice:
It is suggested to show the final version of your resume to an experienced professional. He/She will be able to identify areas of improvement for you.
In a nutshell, a fine resume is the single most important part of getting a job. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the educational institutions to ensure that students are well-equipped with tips and techniques to make their resumes attractive enough to stand out from the crowd