The transition from being a college student to a working adult is one of the most grueling journeys that one can undertake. After a few relatively care free years as college students suddenly find themselves at the threshold of their professional lives.
The first step towards fulfilling one’s career goals is putting together that perfect resume and making the best impression at interviews.
Everyone has a resume, it is after all an important precursor to an interview with a prospective employer. However not everyone has an attractive resume that is created keeping in mind the specific requirements of the job concerned. For example, if the job in question requires a certain level of technical know how like that of an engineer that a resume that focuses more on the academic qualification and achievements of the person would be more appropriate.
The problem with most students today is that they do not know how to present a resume. When a Recruiting executive goes through a great many resumes at a time, he may prefer one where the candidate’s capabilities qualification and achievements are clearly presented. Formatting a resume properly is extremely crucial. However, a lot of students misinterprets formatting and end up presenting their qualifications and achievements in so haphazard manner that it acts to their disadvantage with a potential employer.
So, how does one define a well formatted resume? To put it simply it is one where your key strengths are clearly visible to the reader along with your qualifications that are relevant to the position applied for. A simple, clear and concise resume is appreciated a lot more than the one that is overflowing with details. Focus on and play up your strengths academic achievements and extra curricular activities. It is imperative to keep one’s personal details limited the bare minimum thereby allowing the reader to clearly view and judge the worth of the candidate. A short write up on your capacity as a worker also helps.
At the end of the day, every individual is equivalent to a product waiting to be bought in the job market. His/her resume acts as the packaging. We are all out to create a package for ourselves knowing fully well that the more holistic and varied it is, the more attractive it will be to an employer. Each personal strength mentioned in ones resume has to be justified with an appropriate qualification to complete his package. For example if one claims that he is a good leader, he needs to support that statement by describing an experience where he has headed an organizing team for an event or a fest. This helps to give the reader a perspective of sorts with regards to his capacity as a worker. It is important to understand that this package cannot be created overnight. It needs to be spread out over the course of one’s college years.
Creating a resume is the first important step that students take when it comes to looking for a job. The next essential step is the personal interview where the employer and employee come face-to-face and is normally the factor that decides whether the candidates will get the job or not.
How, then does one prepare oneself for the crucial job interview? Most counselors believe that for fresh college graduates, the most important determinants are their academic and non-academic track records. A graduate does not get an extra edge if he/she has had some sort of work experience in the chosen line as well. Other important factors are one’s communication skills, as well as presentation. These factors, however, vary in the level of importance with regards to the job in question. It is not necessary for a civil engineer to possess good communication skills as long as his technical knowledge in the field is good. Similarly a person with a job that involves a lot of public interaction like that of a corporate librarian, a reporter, etc needs to have brilliant communications skills, over and above the academic criteria.