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The resume is a do or die survival document, a prospective job seeker’s only hope of being called for an interview.
By and large, a prospective employer has 50 candidates to chose from while short listing a candidate for an interview.
Employers spend less than 30 seconds on each resume.
Many large and medium organisations (500 to 5,000-plus employees) today use automated applicant tracking systems for initial sifting of resumes.

es, it’s harsh and unfair, a Darwinian battle where only the fittest survive. In the job seekers market, it is the employees who call the shots. To ensure that you are not lost in a sea of candidates, provides you tips for smooth sailing via a high impact resume.

State job objective: Have a specific employer-centered "objective, as the employee is looking at you in terms of deliverables." Discretely research the nature of the company’s operations. The more you know about the employer and the position you are applying for, the better you will be able to frame your objective. Be absolutely clear about how the organisation will benefit by employing you. Keep the objective statement precise and simple. Long winding sentences and bombastic words will not fetch you an interview. Remember, you are not being tested for your knowledge of the English language. Finally, do not forget to relate all elements in your resume to this objective.

Clarity is the vital key: You’re marketing yourself for a particular type of work. Make your professional and academic qualifications crystal-clear to the employer. Profiling your skills and experience upfront is essential. Quantify your achievements by translating them in terms of statistics and percentages for greater impact. For example, do not merely say worked on so and so programme. But that the programme helped in increasing profitability by x per cent or that it resulted in saving costs by x%. Such detailing immediately boosts your chances. It's imperative to include information about the jobs you've held and the most relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience.

Organisation can make the difference: Effective and efficient organisation of data is the only way to attract the recruiter’s eyes to the most important parts of your resume. Begin by arranging information about various jobs you have held, starting with the most recent. Then work your way backwards. This facilitates the recruiter to quickly size up your ability for the job. If you have held more than a dozen jobs, it is advisable to furnish information about your job history in terms of skills and accomplishments. Use eye-catching keywords and buzzwords as subheadings. This enables employers to match skills and achievements that may not be obvious in a chronological order. Remember, however skilled for the job, poor organisation can cost you an interview.

Eye-grabbing precision: Your resume will find itself in the "List of Rejects", if the recruiter does not see within 30 seconds that you have the necessary skill sets for the job. Therefore, be specific and succinct. If you are applying for a job as a programmer, with three years experience in Java, it will not help the recruiter to know that you had earlier attended training workshops in COBOL. Remember, you can pass any additional information to the employer at the time of the interview. However, include all essential relevant information needed for the particular job. Only ensure it does not exceed two pages.

Customise your resume: Prepare a basic text profiling your skills and accomplishments. However, do not forward the same document blindly for every job. Today, all recruiters provide job descriptions and specify the candidate profile they are seeking. Tailor your resume accordingly.

Beware of errors: Make sure your resume is error-free. Spellers and grammatical errors distract the attention of the employer from your qualifications. It is criminal to misspell the name of the employer or the names of programming languages. Make sure you have applied for the right job. If the recruiter has advertised for the post of Senior Systems Analyst, do not ever drop the prefix Senior. If the company employs an electronic applicant tracking system, your resume does not stand a chance, if you have committed mistakes in these vital areas.

Sit back and cast a thorough and meticulous second glance at the resume. You will yourself be able to weed out most mistakes. An error-free resume establishes you as a serious candidate with an eye for detail.

Aesthetics of resume writing: Use sober and readable fonts. The preferred corporate fonts are Arial and Times New Roman. It is preferable to use a bulleted list to highlight your professional and academic achievements. Use black print and 12 points. If you are applying for the job via e-mail, strike a match between looks and transferability with HTML.

The Final word: A resume is not mere words on a piece of paper but a strategic document which can make or break your career prospects. Do not be carried away by a friend saying: "Oh I keyed my resume in five minutes flat and I got an interview call." Remember, a bad resume is at the mercy of the recruiter’s mood, a good resume demands an interview call.


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