How to Make Your Résumé a Blockbuster!

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Once, there was a girl walking on a lonely sideway, with her long shoulder-bag flattering against the heavy wind. A ruffian felt it like and opportunity and tried to snatch her bag. She suddenly turned around, hit him on his head with something very heavy and he died on the spot. When the police investigated the incidence, they found that the “Killer Instrument” was a file containing her “Resume!”

There was a time when people use to carry their resumes in heavy file covers, containing several pages of elaborated content in their own grace! Long descriptions, heavy vocabulary and structural sentences were considered best for the concern. Number of pages was a mere standard; the more pages you have in your Curriculum Vitae, the more eligible were you for every job.

Today, in this rapidly progressing world, the concepts of every thing have changed. Resume is also not an exception. Now days, the more precise, direct and coherent your resume is, the more professional and eligible you are considered!

So here is your guide to build a Blockbuster resume in accordance to the needs of modern business world!

Purpose of Resume:
Resume is not the record of what you have done in the past but actually a magic ball to look in to your future to analyze what you are capable of doing! To win an interview is not as important as to make an impression. (And if you are able to make that perfect impression, the interview is definitely yours!)

There is generally one fit-to-all sort of resume format followed all around the world but you should be able to specify and modify it in accordance with the concerned job you are submitting it for.

Focus of Resume:
The focus of a resume should, or more appropriately, must be the needs of employer, not yours!

Resume is basically an advertisement copy of you. You should be able to present yourself as a product which is exactly the need of your employer. It doesn’t refer to your complete expression of disinterest in the job. It simply means your resume should convince the employer that it is not you who need the job; it is the job that needs you! Always try to make proper association with what you have done and what employer is looking for.

Body of a Resume:

The body of a good resume should be divided in to two evident parts:

The first section indicating your personality, skills and capabilities in a coherent and precise manner. But make it sure it must never say everything at a glance. It must have a “Click to See More” effect on the employer to make sure he goes through every single line of your resume! This is the advertisement part of your resume.

The other section is actually a set of facts and figures. It must contain the prove to what you have stated in the first section; things like your qualifications and experiences.

Presentation & Style:
Uniformity and Consistency—the two words must be kept in mind while drafting a resume. Use of underlings, bold or italics, capital letters and bullets are favorable only if they don’t exceed the limits of decency.

There must be absolutely no errors in the content of a resume. Use of short pinch lines is more effective than long structural sentences. Instead of elaborated lexical vocabulary, use common but fair language. Use of certain business terms is also a good tool to apply.

Length of a Resume:

And last but not the least, try to confine all the above mentioned techniques in to single or maximum two pages. Exclude all the unnecessary details which are not related to concerned job, or doesn’t add a plus in your personality. (Who would be interested to know that you won a Sack-race in your fifth grade?)

Follow these guide lines and earn the right to enjoy happy professional life!

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