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Résumé Tips

• Résumé Definition
• Résumé Purpose
• Résumé Preparation
• Résumé Section Sequence
• Writing an Impact Statement (Employment History)
• Impact Statement Samples
• Action and Skill Verbs
• Finalizing the Résumé
• Editing the Résumé
• References
• References Page Format

Formatted Résumé Sample

Résumé Definition
Your résumé summarizes your qualifications and professional experience and should include:

Skills that can value-add to your performance.
Experience relevant to employability.
Achievements in similar positions in the past.
Education in general and relevant to applied-for position in particular.
Training obtained either prior to or during previous employment tenures.

Personal information such as marital status, date of birth, etc should NOT figure in your résumé.

Résumé Purpose
A résumé should be oriented towards giving a potential employer an overview of the applicant’s work and education. It precedes and represents the candidate in a potential employment setting and will decide whether he/she will be granted a personal interview. Clarity and succinctness are therefore of the essence.

Résumés also serve the potential employer as a post-interview reference resource of an applicant’s assets, and a means to screen out under-qualified applicants in a highly competitive marketplace.

Most companies today juggle an avalanche of résumés every month. If drafted with care, yours will highlight you amongst the others and vastly increase your chances. Your résumé should showcase your most prominent skills and achievements for a potential employer. Unrelated skills and achievements should not be featured, unless these can be suitably developed for the benefit to the potential employer.

In other words, it is essential that your résumé convinces the employer that you are worthy of further scrutiny.

Résumé Preparation
Below is the ideal breakup of an appropriately drafted résumé, along with clarifying guidelines.

Header
The Header appears on the first page and should consist of the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail ID and/or cell telephone number.
Use your full name, avoid nicknames.
The entire Header is in bold typeface and is always centered in the middle of the page.

Experience Summary
This is the area that a potential employer will focus on the most and should serve to generate further interest in you. Basically, it should showcase significant professional experience and areas of expertise.

Technical Summary
This section summarizes the technical aspects (such as tools used) of your previous employments in which you have gained reasonable proficiency, and which will prove to be assets in future employment.

Employment History
• Potential employers will be mainly interested in the most recent projects you have been involved in, and technical skills you have successfully employed on them.
• Bear in mind that work experience dating back further than 15 years would generally be considered obsolete and therefore not relevant.
• Restrict Company Descriptions, Project Objectives and your Job Profile to 2 or 3 sentences each.
• Reasons for leaving a position should not figure on your résumé. Such issues are brought up on the job application or during the interview.
• Declarations pertaining to past and expected salaries should also be excluded from your résumé, since you cannot anticipate what figure would be considered too high, too low or appropriate to the applied for job.

Academic Qualifications
All obtained honors or special achievements should be listed, in addition to the college, course titles and grade point averages/ranks obtained.

Résumé Section Sequence
Résumé sections are listed below in the order that they should appear. Each area lists the information that should be included and the order in which it should be listed. Areas shown in bold type should be correspondingly displayed on your résumé. All areas should be aligned to the left side of the screen, except your name, which should be centered at the top of the page.

First Name, Middle Name, Last Name
Address
City, State/Province, Country, Zip Code
Area Code and Telephone Number (Home)
Area Code and Telephone Number (Office - optional)
E-Mail Address (Optional)
Cell Telephone Number (Optional)

Experience Summary: Listed below are the areas to include during résumé drafting:

Number of years of experience or expertise
Field(s) of expertise or skill sets (Designing, Evaluating, Installing, Troubleshooting, etc.)
Type of industries worked in or preferred
Your preference of team or individual work
Proficiency in languages spoken - optional

Technical Summary: Listed below are some sub-headers you may wish to use to list your various areas of expertise. List only those tools that you are proficient in and you wish to continue working with on your next assignment.

Hardware:
Software:
Languages:
Databases:
Operating Systems
Web Tools

Employment History: Begin with your most recent job and continue in a descending order.

Dates of Employment (from mo/yr - to mo/yr)
Your Title (Designate Full-time Employee or Consultant status)
Company Name
City, State/Province
Brief description of Company Business and client names (optional)
Brief description of Project and overall objective
Brief description of Your Role and then bullet the following statements starting with an action verb
List one "impact statement." (See separate hint page)
List two to four additional responsibilities.
Environment: List those items (Operating Systems, Languages, etc.) from your Technical Summary that you used during your tenure with this company.
Education: List all schools attended, irrespective of whether certification was obtained.
Colleges or Universities attended
Degree and Major Field or Study Course
School Name, City and State/Province
Grade Point/Rank in school (Your Rank and Number amongst program’s student body)
Technical Institutions attended (Same information as above)
Training Courses, Seminars or Workshops completed
Name of Course, Company Sponsoring Course, if appropriate, Date, and Certificate

Writing an Impact Statement (Employment History)

Your résumé’s Employment History Section will enumerate and describe the jobs you have worked on for the past fifteen years. For each job you have held, briefly describe Company Business, the Project and your Role. The text that follows should emphasize your responsibilities, what you did, for your employer.

The first sentence is called the ‘impact statement’ because it aims to influence a potential employer’s perspective of your résumé. The impact statement highlights your most memorable result or accomplishment. When an employer speed-reads your résumé, it is the opening statement will leave a lasting impression.

Impact Statements can pertain to solo or teamwork achievements, but should emphasize your contribution. These and other responsibility-related sentences should begin with an Action or Skill verb. (Refer to the Action or Skill Verbs page to select the best action word(s).

Use the following questions to guide you in writing the impact statement:

What did you do? Over what period of time?

What short/long term impact did your accomplishment have on the department, company, city, state, etc?

How did you or your efforts -
• Optimize performance?
• Optimize profits?
• Optimize time?
• Optimize knowledge?
• Minimize errors?
• Save money?

Impact Statement Samples
Designed, developed and implemented a new payroll system, favorably affecting 2200 employees. Payroll is processed now in two days instead of three, accuracy is up 2%, with an annual saving of $38,000.
Introduced technology that reduced accounting's time requirements for month-end close of books from seven days to two days. This process was subsequently adopted by the company's three satellite offices.
Re-designed a management inventory software program that eliminated three days of costly and time-consuming inventory counts done monthly.
Within two weeks of being hired, resolved chronic computer crashes that had plagued the company for over a year. Traced the problem to vendor software.

Action and Skill Verbs
Here is a list of action and skill verbs that can be use to effectively describe job functions in the Employment History Section.

Action Verbs
Skill Verbs
adapted documented presented act diagnose persevere
administered drafted presided analyze draw persuade
allocated estimated processed assemble evaluate plan
approved expanded programmed balance examine problem-solve
arranged facilitated provided build figure produce
assembled filed recorded calculate fix promote
attained founded recruited communicate imagine publicize
attended governed re-evaluated compose influence reconcile
brought identified reorganized consult interview remember
chaired implemented reviewed control invent repair
classified improved revised coordinate judge research
compared increased scanned copy lead schedule
completed indexed screened count manage sell
computed initiated selected create motivate service
conceived inspected solved debate negotiate speak
conducted interpreted sorted decide observe systematize
coordinated investigated stimulated design organize teach/train
dealt maintained structured determine paint type
defined modified suggested develop perform trouble-shoot
delegated operated summarized      
detected perceived supervised      
directed prepared tested      

Finalizing the Résumé
Résumés should be concise and of manageable document length.
Every page should bear your Name and Page Number to facilitate rearrangement in case of accidental separation. These can be featured either in the Header or Footer part of the résumé. You may also choose to feature them at the top of the page using a smaller font size to avoid distracting the reader. (Options for mentioning Page Numbers - Page 2, Page Two, Page 2 of 3, or Page Two of Three.)
Do not feature your photograph on the résumé, as your looks are not an employment criterion. (However, international applicants to PrishanTeK will need to send their scanned photograph to the PrishanTeK, Inc. International Department representative along with the final formatted résumé.)
Type your résumé as a word processed document and back it up on a disk to facilitate future updating. If you lack the necessary keyboard skills, get the help of someone who has them. Use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman, Arial or Courier and do not alternate between typefaces. The standard font size is 11 point. Headers may be increased to 12 point.
Margins should be no less than one inch on right, left, top and bottom. The white space serves as a border and lends the résumé an aesthetic appearance.
Avoid underlining within the résumé narrative. If you have drafted the statements effectively, they will need no further emphasis.
Always perform a print preview of each page of your résumé to confirm layout and spacing.
E-mail your résumé document, with a short introduction letter to the appropriate PrishanTeK, Inc. contact. The document can then be opened, printed, and distributed to clients.
Laser-print your completed résumé or have it professionally typeset.
Give or mail an interviewer your résumé printed on an off-white, tan, or light gray quality bond paper. Never present a photocopy.

Editing the Resume

A prospective employer will spend less than 30 seconds reviewing your résumé, so a degree of introspection is in order. After drafting your résumé, ask yourself if it:
Effectively communicates that you could fill a need
Emphasizes your strengths
Cites examples of your leadership qualities, initiative, creativity, or problem-solving skills
Could come across as too wordy to an employer
Is presented it in a clear, concise, and focused manner

Always scan your resume for incorrect grammar, spelling and punctuation. Read it aloud slowly. Don't rely on spell check to catch all the errors.

Ask several friends, family, and trusted co-workers to review it, not only for both grammar and content. It is possible that they recall some of your accomplishments or skills that you have overlooked.

Remember to use action verbs and avoid "I, my duties/or responsible for"

Do not abbreviate words or use acronyms that might not be understood by everyone reading the resume? For example: If you use the abbreviation RPC state that it means Remote Procedures Call.

Qualities that will set your resume apart from others are:
An aura of confidence and sense of purpose
Clear and concise language
Aesthetic page layout

References
References should be listed on a separate page.

Mention three managers who will support you with strong recommendations. These references should be from the companies you have listed on your resume.

Prior to putting Reference Names on this Page

Call these managers and obtain permission to quote them as job reference contacts.

Ask about what feedback they would provide a potential employer on your strengths and weaknesses, and their overall assessment of you. (This is only for your knowledge and not to be included in your resume)

Presentation
The Heading of the page needs to be: References for *your full name*
List the following information:
Manager's Name
Manager's Title
(Area Code) Telephone Number
E-mail ID
Project
Company Name
City, State/Province
Country

The grade and shade of bond paper for the reference page should be consistent with that of your resume.

Reference Page Format
References for *First, Middle, Last Name*
Manager's Name
Manager's Title
(Area Code) Telephone Number
E-mail ID
Project
Company Name
City, State/Province
Country

Formatted Resume Sample



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