When I was writing this Blog, I first thought to write “making” instead of “creating” but then one thing which made me write “creating” was a prolific thought that how can your RESUME or C.V. be made, it has to be created. As per the English whizzes, CREATE is a word which refers to use when something is customised or made for the first time in its own unique way whereas MAKE is word which is used to generate something which has already been done or which needs not to be personalised or customised as per the person or requirement. If we even distinguish this small change between two words we may bring a great shift while CREATING our RESUME/ Curriculum-Vitae.
Table of Contents : 12 things to assess while creating your RESUME/ C.V.
“Maximum people fail to create a good RESUME or C.V. for themselves as they have never asked some basic questions to themselves about themselves and when others/ interviewers ask them something about them, they feel to quit as they were too busy exploring the world that they forgot to explore themselves.”
My experience of teaching to professionals for more than a decade.
With this great observation in me, your and everyone, we are now ready to begin this pensive topic. If you feel fear or you try to copy someone else’s or you take the help of GOOGLE BABA or you take .docx file from any of your known while creating your RESUME or C.V. It simply means you are adjusting yourself in the hobbies, career objectives, virtues, formatting of other’s RESUME/C.V. which might have been possibly copied by or adjusted in some others’.
So, if you want to feel enthusiastic and vibrant while creating your C.V then here are 12 things to assess so that you don’t feel fear when someone assesses yours : -
1. Have you included the cover letter?
Cover-letter plays one of the most indispensable roles when you are creating your curriculum vitae or RESUME. A cover letter is basically a letter or an application that shows your genuine intention to the prospective employer or interviewer or HR manager that you are quite serious & sincere while applying for a vacant lead or position in the company which they are presenting to. Cover letter includes very basic information about your scholastics, professional qualification, work experience and your personal and professional characteristics which help your prospective employer or interviewer to know about yourself. If you have gone through yourself keenly and you are able to show yourself an important asset of the company then it can become one of the reasons of your selection in your dream place at your dream position. So, the first thing one should assess while creating the RESUME/C.V. is including a cover letter or job application as it gives positive impression to the employer which helps you to make your dream come true.
2. Is the cover letter bespoke (tailored)?
As it has already been mentioned in the starting part of the blog that distinguishing the word “creating” and “making” can bring a huge impact in your emotions while writing about yourself on a piece of paper called C.V. Have you ever seen any human exactly same like you who obtains same hobbies, same virtues, same career objective like you do; your answer must be a big NO. It simply means that you are unique with all the attires that you have, so should your cover letter be. Your cover letter ought to be tailored and customised as per yours, your chosen industry and the requirement of the prospective company in which you are applying.
3. Are you ripping off (plagiarizing) the old clichés?
One mistake that is attempted by almost every second novice while applying for a job is including something in the resume by copying or plagiarising from someone else’s resume or C.V.. Such plagiarising not only shows your unawareness about yourself in personal and professional life but also shows that you are not pensive even about your own objective of career, hobbies, virtues and most importantly shortcomings so, you are doing malicious practice with your prospective employer and ripping them off with the old clichés.
4. Do you seem passionate & certain?
Could you trust anyone who is not certain in his personal and professional life behavior; imagine a friend or a colleague who thinks different, speaks different and does different and always carries a contradiction within. Would you ever be able to trust on him in any sphere of life? Palpably No! Because he himself is not certain about his thoughts, his actions and his execution, so would you be regarding him. So, it becomes very indispensable to look passionate and certain through a piece of paper called resume / C.V.. But here which has to be taken into the consideration of every interviewee is this that they can not seem passionate or certain until they live with the same passion and certainty. So, it becomes important to live passionately in order to seem passionate.
5. Have you got the right working experience/ projects/ internship?
Imagine you runs an airline service and you are interviewing some pilots, would you hire someone on the post of pilot who has got the title of the winner of formula one racing car. You’d just be thinking, how irrelevant the experiences are, but many people attempt to do the same mistake, they get the experience from another field and try to show themselves as experienced in different one. But it’d not become the reason of your selection in any interview like Sachin cannot gain some goals in any international match of football just because he is the God of Cricket. So, be attentive and aware before mentioning the experience of your work life or internship in resume that whether it is relevant or not.
6. Are there any gaps in your work history?
Changing many organizations for the sake of promotions and increments might seem lucrative for yourself in initial years of job but it’d give a very negative impact to the employer or interviewer who’d be interested in hiring you for his/ her organization. So, it becomes important to know a valid reason to live a company and to join another company except increment and promotion similarly having lame gaps in your work history would also raise a question in your employer’s or interviewer’s mind about your uncertainty and instability as a person and employee.
7. Is your working experience vague?
Trying impressing your would-be employer or interviewer by writing some vague working experience might result in getting insulted during interview and eventually getting rejected from the organization as you yourself are trying to show something about yourself that you are not part of. Working experience must get reflected in your body language while verbalizing about it then only having mentioned the work experience would work in the resume, else you would seem dull while presenting about yourself either in HR round or technical round and on other hand your resume would be full of exaggeration about yourself. So, write only that working experience which you have actually had else you might be caught red handed while exchanging some information about the vague experience.
8. Have you taken part in any other relevant courses?
A famous quote says “The Success cannot be imposed like survival as not ensuring your survival might result you in getting dead bodily but not ensuring mental upgradation might result in having the paralyzed mindset.” This quote is perfect for those who keep endeavouring to update and upgrade themselves despite going on a dream position as they know still water stings but flowing doesn’t. So, having pursued the relevant courses of your professional scholastics will not only give a good impression of you through your resume but also would become a reason of your enthralling attitude while presenting yourself in an interview.
9. Do you house virtuous personal & professional balance?
Have you witnessed some peevish, frustrated and still anxious people who have got elite level of job that they had never dreamt for but are still not able to manage personal and professional responsibilities with an ease while being calm, composed and organised? Your answer must be a big YES as achieving prosperity through your job or business is not possible until you have a resolved and complain free mind set and the vice-versa.
10. Is your RESUME/C.V. bespoke?
As it has already been mentioned about the cover letter that cover letter ought to be bespoke so should the resume be. Observing some resumes is not a wrong thing to pick the best choices for yours but doing copy paste shows that you are being driven rom other’s choices and you are not able to thing something tailored and effective about yourself.
11. Are there grammatical or punctual mistakes?
Some small grammatical errors might seem to you but experienced and adroit interviewers do notice even minute things mentioned in your resume or C.V., So, making some small grammatical errors may snatch the chance from you to get into your dream job. Some regular mistakes are; not knowing the difference between ‘then’, and ‘than’, between ‘collage’ an ‘college’, etc.
12. Is your CV formatted in a neat, chronological fashion?
Would you like to read any resume or C.V. containing a lot of confusions? Obviously No! so do the interviewers look for. If you are mentioning your qualification from older to newer then your work experience should also be in chronological fashion, i.e., older to newer. One of the common mistakes people attempt while creating their resume is to mention their highest qualification above but they forget to maintain the same while mentioning about their working experience or other periodical things.
Conclusion – Writing this blog gave me immense pleasure and confidence as this is the crux of my teaching experience to teach some professionals for more than a decade. It gives an over view to assess the C.V. so that others assessment over yours would give them good experience about yourself and your academic and professional life.
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- Getting a complete guide of Interview.
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- Knowing anger and time management.
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- Knowing and remove ineffective listening styles.
- Inculcating body language.
- Adopting general & social etiquettes.
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