Friday, February 6, 2009

Re-Design the E-Resume for Re-Search Your Right Career!

Re-Design the E-Resume for Re-Search Your Right Career!

Resume serves to introduce you to the people who will eventually hire you. Giant corporate houses or MNC’s now a day prefer to screen potential candidates’ preliminarily through online application, no matter where from you are. To take advantage of these opportunities, you must be an educated job seeker. That means you must know what you want in your career, where the hiring action is, what qualifications and credentials you need to attain your desired career goals, and how best to market your qualifications. It is no longer enough to have a specific talent or set of skills. To write a thoughtful resume, you must thoroughly assess your personality, your accomplishments, and the skills you have acquired. The act of composing and submitting a resume also requires you to carefully consider the company or individual that might hire you. What are they looking for, and how can you meet their needs?

You have to organize your personal information and experience into a concise and functional way, so that your qualifications and potential as an employee will be understood easily and quickly by a complete stranger. Although writing the resume is just one step in what can be a daunting job search process, but it is an important element in the chain of events that will lead you to your new position. While you are probably a talented, bright, and charming person, your resume may not reflect these qualities.

Lubaba Shaki Khan
77056 Austin Drive
Houston, Texas

Applications and Systems Programmer

• B.S. in Computer Science—March 2009— University of  Science and Technology, Australia
• Knowledge of COBOL, Fortran, Pascal, C, C Plus, BASIC, CAD/CAM, RPG II, Assembly language and dBASE
• High level of self-motivation and attention to detail

Job Duties
• Code, test, debug, and maintain programs
• Create program documentation
• Integrate new hardware into existing systems
• Diagnose and correct systems failures
• Maintain monitors, database packages, compilers, assemblers, and utility programs
• Select and modify new hardware and software to company specifications

• Designed programs in C Plus for Heritage Bank to coordinate functions of ATM machines
• Purchased new hardware and software for Advantage Publishers, modified equipment to suit company’s needs and resolve interoperability issues

Heritage Bank June 1999 to Present
Advantage Publishers March 1996 to June 1999

Neel Ahmed
Director of Human Resources
Human Capital Pvt Ltd.
411 Jalan Sintok, 06000 Kedah
Alor Star, Malaysia

A poorly written resume can get you nowhere; a well-written resume can land you an interview and potentially a job. A good resume can even lead the interviewer to ask you questions that will allow you to talk about your strengths and highlight the skills you can bring to a prospective employer. Even a person with very little experience can find a good job if he or she is assisted by a thoughtful and polished resume.

An effective resume is composed of information that employers are most interested in knowing about a prospective job applicant. This information is conveyed by a few essential elements. A list of elements that are found in most resumes- some essential, some optional providing bellow for your better understanding:

• Heading • Objective and/or Career Summery Section
• Work Experience • Education • Honors • Activities
• Certificates • Publications • Memberships
• Special Skills • Personal Information • References

Special Tips for Electronic Resumes

Following brief, general guidelines to follow when you apply electronically either by email or job page attachment. Please note that these tips may assists you also applying through on-line prescribed job-application form both sited by the company or the professional job portal.

· Use standard fonts in which none of the letters touch.
· Keep in mind that underlining, italics, and fancy scripts may not scan well.
· Use boldface and capitalization to set off elements. Again, make sure letters don’t touch. Leave at least a quarter inch between lines of type.
· Avoid centering or other formatting. Align everything at the left margin.
· Do not use any lines, boxes, or graphics.
· Place the most important information at the top of the first page. If you use two pages, put “Page 1 of 2” at the bottom of the first page and put your name and “Page 2 of 2” at the top of the second page.
· List each telephone number on its own line in the header.
· Use multiple keywords or synonyms for what you do to make sure your qualifications will be picked up if a prospective employer is searching for them. Use nouns that are keywords for your profession.
· Be descriptive in your titles. For example, don’t just use “assistant”; use “legal office assistant.”
· Use your space bar as sometime ‘Tabs’ will not work.
· Try to avoid any special characters, such as mathematical symbols or special bullet point.

Spell-check and proofread it several times; then ask someone with a keen eye to go over it again for you. Remember, the key is to keep it simple. Any attempt to make this resume pretty or decorative may result in a resume that is confusing and hard to read. After you have saved the document, you can cut and paste it into an E-mail or onto a website. Lengthy, typewritten resumes are a thing of the past. Today, employers do not have the time or the patience for verbose documents; they look for tightly composed, straightforward, action-based resumes. Furthermore the more you know about the company and the job you are applying for, the better you will appear in the interview. An interviewer will be impressed by your interest and motivation, and you will be able to explain what you can do for the company. Find out as much key information as you can about the company, its products and its customers.
Good luck landing the job of your dreams!!!


Hasan said...

Very informative and helpful... Thank you Mr. Shaki...!!! Keep us updated with your tips!!!

Ahmed R Shaki said...

Thanks a lot Mr. Hasan. I do appreciate :)