How to build a resume from scratch? (especially a fresher)
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A resume is the first step & first impression of yourself on the recruiter. It is an advertisement for you & your skills.
Advertising yourself & your skills in a proper manner is very important in order to get that job. What is in it for them? Why should they hire you? Are the few things that you should think about while building a resume. Let us first look into a few important terms that one should know when building a Resume.
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Difference between Resume & CV
A resume is a one- to two-page document presenting key facts about your professional experience, educational background, and skills.
A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a longer document that details the whole course of your career.
A resume is used for job search & a CV is used for academic purposes.
The 6-second rule
It has been observed that the recruiters go through one application in just 6 seconds. You should build such a resume that they get impressed in just a few seconds.
Applicant Tracking Systems
An applicant tracking system (ATS) helps companies organize candidates for hiring and recruitment purposes.
These systems allow businesses to collect information, organize prospects based on experience and skill set, and filter applicants.
More than 90% of Fortune 500 Companies are currently using an applicant tracking system. While these systems are excellent for storing candidate information, the best ATS systems can track all communications with candidates. This makes it easy to search and filter resumes and other candidate information, decreasing time-to-fill and ensuring companies get the best candidates for the position.
Now that you know all about a Resume we will get into it straight!
Types of Resume
A chronological resume is a resume type that focuses heavily on your work history. Its key feature is that it lists your work history in order of when you held each position (in chronological order), with your most recent job listed at the top of the section.
Country specific Resume
The region that you are applying to also matters. Different countries have different work approaches and hence it changes the resume format. For example, adding a professional photo is preferred by some countries, while others feel it is unnecessary.
You can simply Google search "Resume format for ________ country" or go through LinkedIn profiles of people living in that country and have a look at their resumes.
Once you have had gone through the format you are supposed to follow, then you can start building your resume. If you are looking for free creation of your Resume, we would suggest you go with Canva. On Canva you just have to select the template and start filling it. Additionally, it is easy to keep on changing and editing it as time passes.
Clean & Simple Resume
Select a simple resume that will be easy to read for the hiring managers & ATS.
Do not use a lot of images or Charts.
Use bullet points with simple bullet icons.
Use a simple font and keep the font size readable.
All the elements on the Resume should be evenly spaced and rightly positioned, which is ATS friendly (which is a bit time-consuming on Canva).
The Resume should not generally exceed 2 pages. As a fresher, your resume should be 1 page.
Do not include outdated or old information. Make sure you include the up-to-date latest information.
If you have the job description that you are applying to, then use the right keywords. Take a printout of the job description and understand what they exactly want. Now underline all the technical & non-technical skills needed for the job and make sure to use these words in your Resume.
If you do not have a job description then look into the website of the Company and takedown a few technical & non-technical skills required in the organization. Make sure you include those words in your resume.
Using action verbs and numbers
Using action verbs and numbers in your resume makes a huge difference. It creates a great impact & changes the perspective of the recruiter. For example,
Managed more than 10 national & inter-college events under 'Mechanical Engineering Students Association' for the a year.
Re-sourced inventory, reducing costs by 57%.
Additionally, go with the trend. Including the skills that are trending in your field will help a lot. It would show you are well informed in your field & adapt with changing times. For example, you can add keywords like, "earth", "planet", "sustainable", etc.
Make sure you add all your Personal details like Email ID, Phone, Website, LinkedIn, etc. You can also include the Date of Birth, Address if you feel the need. Adding these details on every page of your resume is a good idea as you do not want them to keep finding your details. Place your details in a very accessible place so that they can contact you easily.
A professional title is the first thing located at the top of your resume. Hence, it must be an impressive one, as it is the first thing that the employer reads, so it should be catchy enough to hold your employer’s attention so that they can proceed further.
For people with work experience, a resume headline must comprise of their experience -but for a fresher who has no job experience, it can include some of their characteristics to align them with the kind of job applied.
B.Tech-Mechanical Engineer, highly proficient in Catia and AutoCAD software with ability to design 2D and 3D models.
B.E. in Mechanical Engineering with exceptional knowledge and intership in static, fatigue and fracture analyses factory.
As a fresher, it is important to dedicate a section for Educational background. Make sure to include important coursework (subject) related to the job. It is a good idea to include your marks if they are worth mentioning, otherwise, they can be skipped (if not mentioned otherwise).
Internships / Extracurricular activities / Projects / Certificates
People generally get confused about what to add in these sections. Put all of the parts that show relation to the job description, followed by the less relevant ones.
If you know the language of the local people speaking in the region where you are applying for the job, it is recommended you mention it in the resume. If there is a blank space in your resume that you feel should be filled, you can add your hobbies. You can also make a few columns dedicated to Personal and Technical Skills and showcase your skills.
Addressing the gaps
There is no need to mention anything in the resume related to gaps. But that can be a potential question for your interview.
Here we provide you with an editable resume (in Canva) link that you can use for FREE!!!
REMEMBER THIS IS A DANISH TEMPLATE! EDIT YOUR RESUME ACCORDING TO YOUR COUNTRY OF APPLICATION!
Remember! Everything you mention in your resume is a potential question for your interview.
After completing your resume make sure you send it to your friend to proofread and ask them to check the above points. Make them glace through your resume in 6 seconds & suggest accordingly!