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Dear member friends,

There are many freshers as well as experienced who are looking for a job and some who are looking for a change in their work profiles... etc...... etc....

The problems which the candidates / aspirants would be facing might be that of -
- Not getting interview calls
- Resume getting rejected
- Not suitable for the vacant profile
and so on...............

These reasons are all due to weak resumes.... and posting the same resume for all profiles...........

So, for better understanding and guidance, i intended to start this thread, which comprises of my suggestions and advices in this regard, to my knowledge......... and mostly the collection from various other sources.

Hope this would be useful to most of us and hope you all contribute / post queries / give advices or suggestions and participate in this thread....

Before i attach a good e-book, when i searched, i found someone has already did it........ so just giving you the link to download.........

There would be continuous postings on this thread, like my other threads such as -

and so on.......

....... if you members are interested......

Thanks & Regards

Hello CRK Sir,
As you said earlier,i started to modify my resume.After go through this book,i wondered! there is big story behind the resume preparation.
So thank you so much for sharing the information sir...............
Yes Indhu...... Very happy to see that you started stepping forward towards your goal in a planned manner...
From now, many important aspects would follow in this thread...... Keep checking...
All the very best...
- Aman Mehra

1. Resume Essentials

Before you write, take time to do a self-assessment on paper. Outline your skills and abilities as well as your work experience and extracurricular activities. This will make it easier to prepare a thorough resume.

2. The Content of Your Resume

Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, web site address... All your contact information should go at the top of your resume.

Avoid nicknames.

Use a permanent address.

Use your parents' address, a friend's address, or the address you plan to use after graduation.

Use a permanent telephone number and include the area code. If you have an answering machine, record a neutral greeting.

Add your e-mail address. Many employers will find it useful. (Note: Choose an e-mail address that sounds professional.)

Include your web site address only if the web page reflects your professional ambitions.

Objective or Summary

An objective tells potential employers the sort of work you're hoping to do.

Be specific about the job you want. For example: To obtain an entry-level position within a financial institution requiring strong analytical and organizational skills.

Tailor your objective to each employer you target/every job you seek.


New graduates without a lot of work experience should list their educational information first. Alumni can list it after the work experience section.

Your most recent educational information is listed first.

Include your degree (A.S., B.S., B.A., etc.), major, institution attended, minor/concentration.

Add your grade point average (GPA) if it is higher than 3.0.

Mention academic honors.

Work Experience

Briefly give the employer an overview of work that has taught you skills. Use action words to describe your job duties.

Include your work experience in reverse chronological order—that is, put your last job first and work backward to your first, relevant job. Include:

Title of position,

Name of organization

Location of work (town, state)

Dates of employment

Describe your work responsibilities with emphasis on specific skills and achievements.

Other information

A staff member at your career services office can advise you on other information to add to your resume. You may want to add:

Key or special skills or competencies,

Leadership experience in volunteer organizations,

Participation in sports.


Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names to a potential employer.

Do not include your reference information on your resume. You may note at the bottom of your resume: "References furnished on request."

3. Resume Checkup

You've written your resume. It's time to have it reviewed and critiqued by a career counselor. You can also take the following steps to ensure quality:


Run a spell check on your computer before anyone sees your resume.

Get a friend (an English major would do nicely) to do a grammar review.

Ask another friend to proofread. The more people who see your resume, the more likely that misspelled words and awkward phrases will be seen (and corrected).


These tips will make your resume easier to read and/or scan into an employer's data base.

Use white or off-white paper.

Use 8-1/2- x 11-inch paper.

Print on one side of the paper.

Use a font size of 10 to 14 points.

Use nondecorative typefaces.

Choose one typeface and stick to it.

Avoid italics, script, and underlined words.

Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading.

Do not fold or staple your resume.

If you must mail your resume, put it in a large envelope

i have started changing my resume that fits into the industry which i apply and the position which o apply.
Thanks CRK for all the help. May be ill FWD my resume too after reading ur thread..just check out ur PM somewhere today..and im sure ul appreciate that..
By Edgar Jesus

Well! there is a famous saying “First Impression Is The Last Impression”

In today’s competitive world the above saying is playing very important role.

As today people are running for jobs in every fields and in all directions, but some of them get success and some are not. Why some are not getting?

Now here is the answer for the above question and it is Resume or Biodata of the person. And this is the first impression of the person for getting and losing the jobs. A good resume is the tool that can get you an invitation to the interview for your dream job. If writing a good resume is part of your preparation for the job hunt.

Don’t forget that your resume is really an index of your abilities.

The very first step is to build your resume in right and professional format.

Today 2 main formats are used: Chronological and Functional

To build your resume you can use free resume forms located on the web. This can provide you with directions if you are having trouble building your resume.

There are 2 important things to keep in mind while building resume is proper order and punctuations. Correct punctuation is another consideration for expressing good grammar, and essential for creating clear business communications. A resume with lots of grammatical errors, or one that contains lots of typos drives recruiters crazy. If you can’t proofread your resume yourself, get a friend or a professional do it for you!

Use action and industry oriented words which create a positive impression about you, that you are professional and knowledgeable.

A lot of people think a generalized resume describing everything they have ever done is a great way to show their experience and skills. This is not true. You should only include information that is useful to the job you are applying for.

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There are clear differences between a good résumé and a great résumé.

A good résumé is a glorified application.

This type of résumé explains to the hiring manager the following information in this order:

dates of employment,


titles held,

and job functions.

It concludes with when and where you received your education. It is good because the hiring manager can get a clear summation of your past experience and education.

A great résumé is a marketing brochure. This résumé highlights the scope and depth of your experience. It describes the expertise you have developed throughout your career that relates to your future employer's needs.

A great résumé communicates a compelling reason for the prospective employer to need and want your services.

Good résumés identify where you went to school, the jobs you have had, and your responsibility in those jobs.

Great résumés extract the relevant accomplishments from your past experiences and highlight them. This prompts the interviewer to ask about them with the future in mind.

Great résumés also pave the way for great interviews. A well-crafted résumé will prompt the interviewer to target specific areas that are most relevant to the open position. A résumé that lists everything you have ever done requires you to be prepared to talk about all these things in an interview. It is difficult to prepare for such an extensive interview and can lead the interview astray.

Create a Great Résumé

Once you have adopted a future-focused orientation, you are ready to create your résumé. The presentation of your information, the layout, and the language you use to communicate value are extremely important.

There are only two things you can be sure a hiring manager will do when reviewing your résumé:

(1) Hiring managers will begin reviewing a résumé by starting at the top, and they will read the lines from left to right.

(2) Their first impression will have the greatest impact and will influence how they perceive you. It creates the lens through which all other information is filtered.

Based on these principles, it is essential that the most relevant, important information be presented at the top and along the left side of your résumé.

The least important information should be at the bottom and along the right side.

Résumé Format

In order to transform your résumé from a good résumé to a great résumé, concentrate on using your layout and language most effectively. Here's how.


The main heading is where you provide contact information for the hiring managers. Your main heading lets them know who you are and where you can be reached. This section should be designed like a professional letterhead. Résumés are formal documents, so you should not use abbreviations here.

The main heading highlights your name and provides the contact information on one line, followed by a divider line. This format saves space that can be dedicated to communicating more of your strengths.

Notice that it is not necessary to label the phone number or e-mail address; these items are understood. Be as concise as possible.

Use the same heading on your references page, cover letters, and thank-you letters. By creating a professional-looking letterhead, you offer a consistent image to the hiring manager. It also allows the hiring manager to quickly access your contact information on every document.

Section headings are titles you assign to different areas of your résumé. For example, your employment section will have one heading. Your education and community activities sections will have their own headings.

Section headings are extremely important. A section name influences how the hiring manager perceives the information within the heading. If you use an objective statement as your first section heading, you communicate your needs to the hiring manager. You are saying to the hiring manager, "My objective is to get a job."

If your first section is a summary of qualifications, your section heading communicates the value you offer the hiring manager. You focus the reader on the ways you will meet the company's needs. This heading also tells the hiring manager you are indeed "qualified" for the position. You summarize the qualifications that will be explained in detail in the remainder of the résumé.

A summary of qualifications should be confined to three high-impact statements.

The first statement should highlight your years of experience in the profession and industry.

The second statement should identify the areas of expertise you want to emphasize.

The third statement should identify personal attributes that are important to the role and company.


Summary of Qualifications

Offers more than 10 years of progressive advancement in the manufacturing industry, serving as an operations executive. Demonstrates a proven record of success in leading as many as 250 associates, streamlining business processes, and managing multiple projects delivered on time and within budget. Possesses exceptional communication skills and the ability to develop high-performance teams.

While "Summary of Qualifications" is the best section heading to begin your résumé, there are several exceptions to the rule. If you fall into one of these exceptions, then you need to consider beginning your résumé with an objective statement.

Exception 1: Clarity. If you are making a transition by applying for a position that diverges from your past experience, an objective statement is needed, since your skills are not an obvious or solid match for the position. Use the objective statement to clarify your interest in the position and show that your skills are transferable.

Exception 2: Intent. If you do not use a cover letter to introduce your purpose in sending the résumé, an objective statement is appropriate. The objective statement communicates the purpose of your résumé. In this circumstance, the objective should be very direct and specific to the prospective company and position.

Additional section headings that are useful in constructing a résumé that communicates value to a hiring manager include:

Areas of Expertise

Career Highlights

Professional Achievements

Key Accomplishments

These sections follow your summary of qualifications. They emphasize specific strengths you have developed throughout your career. These sections provide an opportunity to bring special attention to experiences that are most relevant to the hiring manager, regardless of when and where they occurred.

For example, if you want to convey that your experience as a leader is a key asset even though your leadership experience has been in a different industry, you can emphasize this in a leadership experience section.

This way, the hiring manager focuses on your leadership qualifications first before reading about it later in the context of the industry.

Be careful not to give too much information in this section. For example, if you create an areas of expertise section, ideally confine your expertise to four areas and not more than six areas. Listing too many areas dilutes the depth of expertise. The same holds true for accomplishments and achievements. Focus the hiring manager's attention on your most important accomplishments by creating three strong statements.

Select a high-impact section heading for your employment section. Do not use "Employment History" or "Work Experience." These headings are vague and generic. The terms employment and work define virtually every type of job available, from soda jerk or paperboy to corporate CEO or marketing director.

Instead, create a compelling section heading that optimizes your experience. The following section headings are appropriate for professional résumés. They communicate a career path, versus a series of jobs.

Career Progression

Career Advancement

Professional Experience

Now you are ready to arrange the most important information at the top left of the page and least important information at the bottom right. Start with what is most compelling to the hiring manager. Begin with your professional title or your industry and company name. Then list the location and your dates of employment to the right.

Résumé Length

There are differing opinions regarding the appropriate length of a résumé. The general rule regarding résumé length is:

One page for less than 10 years of professional experience

Two pages for more than 10 years of professional experience

However, this rule can vary depending on your circumstances.

For example, say you have more than 20 years of professional experience. If the last 5 to 10 years are the most relevant and substantial, then a one-page résumé that highlights this experience may be more appropriate.

This conversation between an author and his editor illustrates why you should pay attention to your résumé length.

Editor: I like your book except for the ending.

Author: What's wrong with the ending?

Editor: It should be closer to the beginning.

More is not better in résumé writing. Your objective is to keep the hiring manager's attention focused on your skills that add immediate value to the company.

If you describe every experience and function of your entire career, you risk diverting the focus away from the parts of your résumé that are most important.

Additionally, if you put every single experience on your résumé, you have to be prepared to discuss every single experience in the interview. As a result, your interview will be more difficult to prepare for and you run the risk of being asked about experiences that are not relevant to the position. You may be perceived as "not a good fit" because, based on your résumé, the hiring manager asked about the wrong skill, rather than what was needed for that particular position.

Résumé Content

Transform your résumé from a description of job functions to a series of accomplishment statements that are of interest to the hiring manager. To do this, read your job function statements and ask yourself:

What was the purpose of this responsibility/project/task?

How was this job function relevant to the company?

Did this job function save time, save money, increase revenue, improve a process/policy/infrastructure?

The answers to these questions are typically the most important elements of the résumé to the hiring manager and need to be communicated clearly..

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Thankyou Suganya Shanmugam for your response and feedback.... As you are a fresher, you might have attempting some interviews and faced some situations........ which you can share here........ and get some suggestions and feedback.....

this is really a good thread
& i personally do believe that (Resume/Curriculum Vitae/Bio-data) is the identity of a candidate
Because it's the first thing that we send to employer while getting job
It should be perfect
Is there anything for me CRK , just let me know
- My CV Builder

There are many reasons why your CV or resume can be rejected. Some of the most common reasons are listed below:

The Initial Impression From Your CV - As statistics have shown, a potential employer looks at a CV for around 10-15 seconds before an impression is created in their mind as to the suitability of the individual for the job. This shows that unless you attract the attention of the reader, your chances of getting an interview will have been reduced straight away. You have to remember that a potential employer may have scores if not a hundred or more CVs to look at, and there may only be a limited time to analyse these CVs and create a shortlist. Therefore, you have to ensure that your CV or resume shows the reader that you match their requirements and that the reader is able to recognise that from your CV very easily.

The Length of Your CV - The best size for your CV is two pages of A4. For resumes, the best size is one page in length, and only use two pages if it cannot be avoided. You should only make CVs longer if it is specifically required from you to provide the potential employer with additional, or more detailed information.

The Way Your Information is Organised - If the potential employer is not able to follow your CV and locate relevant information they will most likely not bother to try any harder to find the information and instead just give up. This means that your CV or resume will be put on the rejected pile. You must organise and arrange your CV or resume in such a way that the potential employer will see what they are looking for more or less instantaneously. Avoid cramping too much information and make sure there is plenty of white space.

Your CV is Overwritten or Provides Too Little Information - Both of these should be avoided. Too much information in lengthy paragraphs makes it hard for the reader to find the relevant information. And on the other hand, not providing all the relevant details from your qualifications, career history and other experiences will leave the potential employer without anything to determine your suitability for th e job. You must first analyse the requirements for the job and then choose the most appropriate information from your skills audit to include within your CV or resume. This will ensure that you do provide enough information and only what is relevant.

Spelling Mistakes, Typos and Poor Grammar. - No matter how hard you look and check over your work, there always seems to be something that you have missed. Errors such as these can make you appear unprofessional and as someone who is careless. Therefore, you should always get somebody else to check your CV for grammatical errors.

Your CV Does Not Demonstrate Results of Achievements - Your CV or resume is your personal marketing tool. If you do not demonstrate past results and achievements to prove to the employer that they should employ you as opposed to others, then your CV or resume has failed. You need to clear state that you are suited for the job and then present evidence for that suitability. This is the objective behind your CV or resume.

By Jason Belasco

The word "resume" originates from the French, and means "to summarize." Damn French. Because of their stupid word, you now have to condense your entire lifetime onto one piece of paper, with the desperate hope that someone who reads it will instantly know what a great person you are and give you a high-paying job.

But you, my friend, are completely misguided if you think that's what your resume will get you.

The purpose of your resume is not to get you a job. "What?!" you say. "Years of classical conditioning have instructed me that if I write a good resume, I'll get a good job!" Sorry, but you've been had.

The purpose of a resume is to get an interview, not a job. Once you get in the door, it's your winning personality and discussion of your lifetime of experiences that will get you the job.

You could have the most brilliant resume in the world, but if you walk into an interview and do nothing but drool on yourself, that resume will be worthless (unless the job consists of massive drooling, or you are an actor portraying a 2-year-old). But drool no more, for today you will learn how to put together the perfect resume: one that will play up your experience, play down your liabilities and at least improve your chances at eventually acquiring your dream cubicle.

One footnote: We will be working under the assumption that you are either still in, or have recently graduated from, college. If you've been out in the real world (or sleeping on your mom's couch) for more than a couple of years, this all still applies to you. The only main difference is that you'll have to talk more about your work experience, whereas recent college grads can add stuff like school activities to their resumes.


Make a Huge List

Before you sit down to write (or fix) that resume, the first thing you should do is make a list of everything you have ever done or accomplished in your entire life. This means everything: every single job, award, honor, volunteer work, skill, language, hobby, wart, bad dream and witty retort. Try to make the list chronological, starting with your most recent accomplishments and working your way backward right up until you received your Quickest Passage Through The Birth Canal Award. We shall deem this list your "Fat List."

Henceforth, when we speak of your Fat List, we speak of the list of your life, not the list of your daily fatty-foods intake. Take good care of this list. It is your new best friend.

Why the need for such a list? Three reasons:

1. Because you can now keep this list, add to it as you accomplish more things in your life, and pick and choose as you tailor your resume to different job positions.

2. Because it's really, really hard to remember everything off the top of your head, so this list will function as a reminder of those little details that may really impress a prospective employer.

3. Because seeing everything you've done on one list will help you remember things you've done that you can't fit on your resume, but can still bring up in an interview.

All too often, people will look at their resumes and hear a nagging voice in the back of their head telling them that something's missing. With a Fat List, you can rid yourself of such voices, or at least get them to change their messages to more interesting topics of conversation.

Now don't get too detailed with this list. You don't have to write down everything you did at each job, or how much you won for a particular scholarship. Just write down the name of the event and the date when it happened.

But we understand that even writing a simple Fat List can be tough. It's a lot of information in one place. So what you should do is organize your Fat List into the following sections:

1. Education: Include where you went to school, what your GPA was, a list of classes you took, what your major/minor was. If you're still in school, your most up-to-date information is fine.

2. Employment: List all jobs you've ever had, and the dates through which you had them, including all volunteer work. If nuns made you do it, it still counts.

3. Activities: Mention all school activities in which you participated. Write them all down. If you held any leadership positions or started a group yourself, throw that in, too.

4. Honors: These are academic, athletic or community awards or scholarships. Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude and the George Jetson Scholarship of the Future would all be included here.

5. Skills: If you speak any languages (even if only at a conversational level); all of your computer knowledge, especially of complicated programs; if you know how to operate heavy machinery--all of that stuff goes into the "skills" category. This is like the potpourri category of stuff you know how to do, but about which nobody has really cared much (so far).


Yes, this is a very important point. I didnt realise how important a resume can be before i was really embarrased by an interviewer. I started takingit very seriously ever since. I think, this is a very helpful article not only for freshers but for experienced professionals like me. I think a lot depends on the layout of the resume. People will give you several suggestion but eventually, ur resume should not take a lot of timwe to read.
infact if you guys are looking for more information on resume making. There is a nce blog which can help you. It talks about all the possible errors you can have on your resume. just type "is your resume cheating on you" on google and choose the english forum's option. it is a nice blog. you will find it very useful.
Choosing the best resume format depends on your background and the requirements of the jobs for which you want to interview.

The three most common résumé formats are - The chronological resume allows you to emphasize your career growth and progression. You present your most recent job and educational experience first, then trace backwards in time. Describe the duties you performed under each listed experience. This format is not advantageous for people with limited or unrelated employment experience, and gaps in employment are readily noticeable.

The functional resume focuses on professional skills, responsibilities, and accomplishments. It is organized by functional titles that explain general areas of expertise.

Under each function heading is a brief explanation of your accomplishments in that area. You can tailor the functional résumé to highlight specific skills that you have that the job requires. This format is good for recent graduates, liberal arts majors, career changers, and people with limited work experience or interrupted careers.

The combination resume incorporates both the chronological and functional formats. You can tailor the explanation of your job history to fit the types of jobs for which you are applying; you can also show continuity in your job record or history. Organize your background by skills and functions rather than by job title. List your job titles and employers in reverse chronological order at the end of the résumé

Make your resume a quality document

Set yourself a high standard when writing a resume for yourself. Invest time and money to produce a beautifully set out, laser-printed, professional looking resume you are proud to send out. You can add one color or perhaps print on a cream, high-gloss paper. Keep to one or two fonts, sizes and styles.

Remember your resume is a business document so don't go overboard. Quality is the key so don't overuse special effects. Tip: Use one of the resume wizards in either Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.

Write a skills-based resume

Write a skills-based resume concentrating on the skills, knowledge and achievements and how these make you an outstanding candidate for the position.

Get away from the dry, functional, chronological listing of positions held and duties performed. Your resume must stand out from the pack. It should let your reader see at once what you've achieved for others and by inference what you offer any prospective employer.

Pitch your resume to meet your prospective employer's needs

You're typically competing against 100 other candidates and the employer will only call four or five to an interview. You want to be one of those select few.

To win that interview you must work out what your prospective employer wants and pitch your resume to meet those needs. Closely study the advertisement and try to match your skills and achievements to those specifically mentioned.

Nine out of ten people fail to write about what the employer's central question: Can this candidate do the job? Most resumes are an autobiography or a chronological list of positions held. This makes it hard work for the reader.

Keep the employer's central question at the forefront of your mind when you put together your resume. The reader looks at the information presented and says ‘so what’. You have to work out what the employer wants so as he or she reads the information, the response is ‘great, that’s what we want.’

Think through the qualities the best candidates have for such a job

If you wanted to hire a software programmer, what qualities and qualifications would the ideal candidate have? Unless the employer asks for a specific programming skill, list and highlight all the operating systems you're familiar with, programming languages you have qualifications in, the software packages you have used. In this way, your specific skills will shine through.

Think of the image your resume presents

Every resume must use good layout, high-quality paper and perfect typing. But beyond these needs, think what image your resume presents. If you're applying for an auditing position, you will want a conservative image, minimum color, few or no graphics, and the best-quality paper.

This will generate an image of a conventional, careful and controlled person. If you're applying for a copywriting position, you can be more creative and show your skills when presenting your resume. If you're a prospective sales representative, you must come across as confident, resourceful and dedicated. You must think about the image your resume and work hard to

match it to the position and employer's needs.

Keep your resume short, relevant and specific

You must get the reader to remember five or six key messages selling your qualifications and skills so you stand out as a candidate to interview. You want the reader to remember you and to pick you for interview.

Write your resume as short as necessary

You may only need a one-page resume if you're a school-leaver or graduate with little or no work experience. Most resumes are two pages long. Never go beyond three pages. By the time your reader gets to the end of a long resume, he or she will have lost your key messages in the detail.

You don't have to include everything in your resume. Keep what's relevant and impressive. Don't go into too much personal information such as your marital status, children or hobbies. Include only outside interests that show important sides to your character. Mention outside interests that show you are community spirited or ones relevant to your chosen career.

For example, you could mention your position as Chair of the Parent-Teachers Association or your interest in photography if applying for trainee journalist posts.

Decide on the key messages you want the employer to remember

Research shows most people can only remember half a dozen ideas from reading a ocument. As an employer reads dozens of resumes, he or she will only remember a fraction of the content of each one. You must decide what you want the reader to member. This is usually why your qualifications and skills match those of the prospective employer.

For example, if you are applying for a position as a IT Help Desk Manager, your key, specific messages might be:

Four years' experience as a supervisor on an IT Help Desk for a medium-size company,

Training staff in Microsoft Office products,

Knowledge of C++ and Unix,

Degree in Office Technology from Kent University,

Author of plain language guide to database management.

Place the key messages to catch the reader’s eye

Present your key information on the most prominent position on the first page.

Use the top half of the page, using layout to draw attention to this text. You can use a heading such as ‘Most Relevant Experience and Skills.’

Throughout your resume, use layout, bold, bullet points and indentation to highlight the important information you want the employer to notice. Never bury important information in a long paragraph.

Write a hard-selling summary or profile

Grab the reader’s attention and stand out from the crowd by summarizing your best information first.

Write a summary of your career highlights to show what you offer your future employer.

Use a summary that sells how your background and experience will benefit potential employers. Don’t use the summary to state what you want as a career or the type of job you are seeking or your desires or expectations

Your curriculum vita (CV) may be incredible, but if your cover letter's not as spectacular, no one may ever even see the CV.

A good many job seekers forget that their cover letter operates as a sort of first impression. When paired with a solid CV, the cover tells the employer that the job applicant is professional and thorough. On the flip side, a misspelled, inaccurate cover letter says, "Don't hire this person!"

Ironically, the most important weapon you have in ensuring that your cover letter shines is the position advertisement itself.

Typically, job opening ads contain pertinent details about the responsibilities of the position, the necessary qualifications that candidates must have to fulfil those expectations and perhaps a bit of background about the company. It's up to you to use the employer's most "important" words (aka, "key words") in your cover letter.

Use Key Words and Phrases

For instance, if an advertisement states that it wants people who are "dedicated", "mature" and "creative", it will behove you to use those terms somewhere in your cover letter. Obviously, you don't want to repeat them verbatim (as in "I am dedicated, mature, and creative"); however, if you weave those adjectives throughout your cover, you'll be more likely to catch the attention of whoever is screening the CVs.

Additionally, your cover letter should echo the qualifications you have that match the qualifications requested in the ad copy. If the posting wants someone "with a background in management" and you've been an IT manager for the past year, mention it somewhere in your cover letter. There's no need to go into too much detail, but you can easily add this fact in a natural way.

How Long Should My Cover Letter be?

As far as length is concerned, most cover letters follow a one-page rule. The exception would be if you're trying to attain a position that has a significant number of requirements or is academic in nature. If this is the case, you may want to consider a longer, more comprehensive cover letter.

Typically, three or four paragraphs are sufficient to whet the prospective employer's appetite and entice him or her to turn the page to your CV. The first paragraph should be an opening, but avoid terms like "hello", "hi", or "greetings". This isn't an email to a good friend - it's a professional letter.

The second (and perhaps third as well) paragraph should highlight your qualifications (using those key words from the advertisement). And the final paragraph should tell how to get in touch with you. (It may also include salary requirements if those are specifically requested.)


Of course, it's critical to always proofread your cover letter before sending. (You might be surprised at the number of errors one cover can contain… and that usually results in the applicant never making it to the job interview stage.) Just to be on the safe side, ask someone else to read it, too. Then, sign it and attach it to your CV.

At this point, you'll know that you've done everything possible to make your cover letter (essentially your "calling card") work for you. Remember that it's not intended to take the place of your CV; it's meant to introduce the CV. Keep that in mind, and your odds of getting a phone call from your prospect will greatly increase

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Just having a good resume isn't enough in today's competitive world. The resume must reach the people who matter. Here are some ways to send your resume to prospective employers..

Having a great resume is the first step to a good job. But how you send it across to employers is equally important. In today's competitive job market, where you’re contending with hundreds of competitors, knowing the right way to send out your resume makes a huge difference.

Be organised and focussed: When applying, keep a log ready detailing the name of the company, the position advertised and applied for and also the dates you sent your resume across. When you get an interview call, make sure you know everything about the company.

Posting resumes on job-portals: Job portals are becoming increasingly popular as means of searching for jobs and candidates. While posting your resume on a job portal, have an electronic version ready. How? Open your resume in MS Word, then type File-Save As and choose Text Only, creating a .txt version. Close the file, reopen it and edit the stray characters. Then, cut and paste into websites; it’ll automatically format itself. When you post your resume on the portals, set up search agents to know about a new posting.

Jobs from advertisements: When you choose a job from an advertisement, surf portals to cross-check and see the company website as well. Try to find the name of the hiring manager and address your correspondence directly, revising the cover letter to fit the ad. A cover letter is viewed only for 3-7 seconds, so, keep it brief and easy to read. Don’t repeat what’s in your resume, instead, tell how you meet the criteria.

Send your résumé to friends: Send your resume to friends asking them to print it and show it to you. Make necessary changes until you're sure the prospective employers will receive a consistently professional-looking document. But the best way to send your resume is to submit it the way the employer suggests. If you’re submitting online, use the online submission form they’ve set up. Do exactly what they tell and you can’t go wrong, even if it means submitting the resume separately for each employer.

Print resume and cover letter on matching stationery: No fancy colours please, but print the resume and cover letter on matching stationery making sure they are neatly printed. Put them in suitable envelopes so that your resume doesn't get folded. Mark in your job search log, the date you e-mailed/mailed them.

Call the employer: Call the employer no later than 3 days after your send your resume. Tell them, "I'm calling to see if you got my resume", showing your interest and keenness to know more about the job. Watch your energy levels and intonation while speaking and also be friendly, professional and conversational. End by asking if you may call them again to know how the selection process progresses.

E-mail submission: Though it is a popular means to submit resume as an attachment, it should not be a preffered means as the resume might land into spam. Spam blockers used by companies stop all emails with file attachments if they come from unknown addresses. So, send your resume in the body of the email. While cutting and pasting, make sure to fix any line breaks or garbled text. Paste the resume into a text editor (like the Notepad), select that text and then copy and paste into your email, removing all formatting errors.

However, the all-time best is to submit your resume by hand. Go to the office and give it to the hiring manager. Though not always feasible, if possible, it’s worth it. Thus, you can send your resume and succeed in the rat-race; as having a good resume isn’t just enough! It has to reach where it matters


If you are job-seeking and want to land the job interview, you got to make use of a powerful tool at your disposal: Your Cover Letter.

Your cover letter can make or break your success. If your cover letter is truly amazing, you'll get the manager to call you immediately. If it isn't great, it will land in the trash.

Writing Killer cover letters is simple. It's a skill anyone can learn. It takes patience and persistence. Here are a few effective techniques you can use to write killer cover letters...

Ask - The purpose of your letter is to ask for the interview. So just ask for it. Don't exaggerate about your skills. Just tell them that you want the interview.

Be Brief - Don't exaggerate about your skills. Tell them why you think that you are best suited for the job they are offering. If your letter doesn't tell them that, they won't bother calling you. They don't care about what you got. All they care is about what you give to them!

Convince - Convince the manager that you are the right person for the job. Before you start off with the regular salutation, write a killer headline that grabs attention like this one:

Three Reasons Why I Believe I May Be the Best Candidate for the {Job Title} You Are Offering

Tell them why you think that you are the best person for the job. Tell them how you can fulfill your roles and aid in company's growth.

Customize - Don't send the same letter to every company. Customize it to suit the needs of each company. And don't send your letter to the human resource team. Send the letter to the person who has the power to hire you immediately. Use these tips and your manager will be impressed even before he meets you. Be Prepared for the Call.

Dear CRK,

First and Foremost I would like to salute for your knowledge and contribution in this forum.

I have been observing your threads and posts, they are really wonderful and amazing. The way you write is really great and your English communication skills are terrific. This forum needs people like you and I am really appreciating for your posts and threads.

I request you to please post more and more and share your amazing knowledge, so that we all can learn. I would like bring your notice and requesting you, please start a special thread on the subject Finance and Accounts. Because there are many of our Hr members from finance side and they are seeking for knowledge on this subject. I know there are people from our cite hr having good knowledge on this subject, hence if you start thread on this subject they will also contribute their views and knowledge with addition to your posts.

I hope you consider my request and I wish you all the best.

Once again special thanks for sharing your knowledge and contribution in this community.
Dear CRK, Thank you once again for your guidance. Hope to receive some E-mails and interview calls after all the amendments you have suggested and advised in my CV. Regards CLASS REP
Dear Telikepalli,

First of all, i thank you for your great words of appreciations and encouragement...

Thankyou for following all my posts and threads and posting your feedback frequently..

These are just my efforts to make our fresher members and juniors to enhance their skills, extending their thinking / thought levels, motivating and refreshing themselves. And inviting experts, seniors, experienced ones to post their views, sharing their knowledge...

And one more thing..... all my posts are not my own.... they have been included with several articles, analyzations, postings of many great people and collections through various sources on the subject, and if the owner of the content is known exactly..... it is being mentioned. So, all the greatness and credit goes to those great people..

And in regard to the subject Finance & Accounts......., to be frank, i don't carry much knowledge..... But as per your request, i will try to plan for it soon, gathering valuable information..

Ones again, thankyou for your valuable feedback....



The human resources is an integral part of a successful company. They have a wide variety of responsibilities, including hiring new employees, dealing with labor disputes, training employees, compensation policies, benefit programs, union and labor relations and many more.

They also act as counselors, offering assistance to employees to deal with personal issues, in order to have a personal touch as well. The human resources resume should reflect the various roles that you can play or already have played, so that your understanding of the job is visible.

How can you make your human resources resume Effective?

Your human resources resume should reflect your understanding of how HR policies impact the overall business mission and goals. Highlight the job responsibilities you understand or have already dealt with. For example, administer benefits plans, maintain employee relations, ensure legal compliance etc. To make your resume stand different, go beyond listing your job functions and show how your services made a real difference to the organization.

Use the following as titles :

HR, HR assistant, HR director, human resources manager, human resources generalist, staffing manager, human resource specialist, HR benefits analyst, recruiter, executive recruiter, benefits coordinator, director of recruiting, compensation analyst, human resources coordinator, personnel representative, personnel supervisor, HRIS analyst, payroll supervisor etc.

Consider the following areas to examine yourself for HR jobs. This may help you to specify your achievements and understanding of your job.

Initiation / Development of any new HR policy or procedure.

Any notable improvement in employee retention or satisfaction.

Your role in improving employee morale.

Your role in improving the benefits program or launch of new employee benefits.

Any contribution in effective strategies for screening and recruitment.

Role in introduction of any HR systems that enhanced efficiency.

Role in training new or existing staff; number of people you trained.

Role in organizational development initiatives such as integrating two organizations after a merger, downsizing or expanding.

Responsibility in any special projects.

Participation in any leadership initiatives.


Finance professionals will find career opportunities in abundance and in any business sector. Whether you are applying for the position of a CFO or Financial Controller, Financial Analyst or Planner, Portfolio Manager or Investment Consultant, the requisites for the financial resume are all the same.

Divide your financial resume into distinct sections and sub-sections; use short paragraphs and bullet points to make it easy for the reader to scan. Professional experience is the most important section and should go at the top. Education normally goes beneath, followed by ancillary information like language or other skills.

Financial Resume Template

Contact Information :

Full name

Campus and permanent addresses

Telephone numbers

Email address

Career Objective :

A short statement of career objective is often useful at the top of your financial resume. Ideally, it should be short, precise and impressive.

Summary :

When doing your financial resume writing, it is crucial that your strengths and qualifications are summarized at the top half of the first page. For example:

Chief financial officer with 15 years of corporate accounting and management experience. Expertise in accounting systems development, fiscal management and financial reporting. Proven record of developing and implementing financial and operational controls that improve Profit & Loss account.

Areas of Expertise :

Proceed with your profile with the section Area of Expertise, and list keywords that are pertinent to your career choice for finance jobs.

Financial and Strategic Planning

P&L Management

Auditing and Compliance

Operating and Working Capital

Budget Development and Management

Merger and Acquisition Negotiations

Cash Flow Management and Modeling

Business Valuations

Emphasize Your Accomplishments :

Show quantifiable results of your work - this is one of the most important points about writing your financial resume. For Example:

Instrumental in revenue and income growth of 76% over a 15-month period, through both organic growth and acquisitions.

Increased cash flow by $15 million by consolidating credit analysis function, reducing outstanding receivables from 48 days to 15 days, and minimizing risk from marginal customers.

Keywords : Use keywords as recruiters use them extensively to search resume databases.

Keyword Phrases :

Fixed asset accounting, business process re-engineering, risk management, value added analysis, SAP, GAAP, financial projections, general ledger, trial balance, financial statements, expense analysis, tax reporting, tax planning, payroll, benefits administration, portfolio management, cross functional team leadership, financial and strategic planning, P & L management, auditing and compliance, operating and working capital, budget management, mergers and acquisitions, cash flow management, business valuations, data warehouse reporting, audits and compliance, A/P, A/R, regulatory accounting, CA, ICWA, MBA, ICFAI, MS Excel, bank reconciliations, Crystal reports and spreadsheets.

Keywords as titles :

Staff accountant, financial planner, cost accountant, portfolio manager, finance manager, financial reporting analyst, international controller, financial analyst, VP of finance, CFO, chief financial officer, treasurer, assistant controller, book keeper, accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, collections specialist, mutual fund analyst, credit analyst, payroll clerk, payroll manager, financial assistant, director of investor relations, procurement specialist and/or purchasing manager.

Dear CRK,
This collection on resume article is priceless, I have refereed many publications and articles but this is the surely the best. I am sure these shall be extremely useful links for all members of this siteHR.
Sincere thanks and regards,
Dear Mr. CRK, It could be a real help to the freshers and experienced... ThankQ for enlighting us with ur posts...I appreciate ur work a lot... Keep it up!!!
Thankyou DS, AVS and Manjusha for your response and feedback. These are the collections from various sources. Collected, assembled and posted for the benefit of the members. CRK
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Things to Remember When Working With Recruiters
Many candidates sign up to recruitment agencies to help them find the right role and hope they will end up with the ideal position and good salary as a result. While using recruiters can be a great way of finding your next role, there are certain things to remember to ensure you go about it the best way.
They’re Not Working For You
As a candidate, you are important to the employer, but you are not the one paying them. At the end of the day, they are trying to fill the role for their client, not find you a job. This means that if a recruiter is keen on speaking to you at length about a certain vacancy, you can be fairly assured that they are willing to put you forward – they wouldn’t waste time on what they view to be unsuitable candidates. It does also mean that their motives are not always clear. For example, when phoning you up to discuss your CV they could also be trying to ascertain things like your telephone manner and how you communicate. In short, remain on your guard with recruiters and make sure you always approach them as if they are the employer.
They May Try and Sell You Roles
As the recruiter gets paid when they place you in a role, they may try and encourage you to go for vacancies you haven’t considered or put yourself forward for. This can work in your favour – they may be able to point you towards a great role you haven’t seen or considered and it could work out great. However, they may also persuade you to go for vacancies that you aren’t keen on or don’t feel right for. Remember that you can stand your ground and don’t feel pressured into anything. But likewise, stay open minded and assess all opportunities before you make a decision.
Show Them You’re Keen
It’s important to keep in mind that often, recruiters will have several candidates suitable for a vacancy and you have to get in there fast if you want it. Avoid um-ing and ah-ing about vacancies by researching the type of role you are aiming before prior to even approaching an agency. This makes it easier for them to find things that are targeted at you, and also means that you can make fast decisions about what would be suitable for you and what wouldn’t. Also, make sure that you express enthusiasm and a drive to secure a new role in general when speaking to recruiters. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, after all.
Approach with Care
Like we said, recruiters are your gateway to the employer, meaning that you have to treat them in the same way. Even if you are having frustrations working with them, always remain polite to the recruiter. You don’t want to burn any bridges, and it’s not uncommon for rude candidate’s CVs to end up in the shredder. Also, remember that your CV is really important, so if you're not sure in its quality, ask resume editors to check it out. If you find things are really difficult and not working out with a certain recruiter, try out another agency.
There’s no harm in signing up to a recruitment agency to better your chances of finding the right role. Just make sure you do your research beforehand so you know what to expect and how it can help you.
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