Applying for a Job or University

A common concern regarding the development of that all important resume is fitting all the information in a single page, as is usually preferred by both universities as well as organization. Students seeking admission or jobs are often perplexed about what data should take precedence. X has completed several short term courses in addition to his degree, and has worked in three summer jobs. However, when he is trying to accommodate these qualifications, there’s no space for other information such as strengths, interests and goals, laments X who is currently seeking a job in advertising. The solution is not too hard to come by if you are able to sift the matter that is relevant from and which can be side stepped.

Applying for First Job:

At this stage you will most likely be fresh out of college, with a rough idea of what career path you would ultimately like to tread. Your first job is an essential step in this direction it will provide several opportunities to develop a professional outlook on the basis of your hard work and talent. Employers will look toward your resume with the intention of gleaning information such as capability of handling responsibility, working well in a team and dealing with pressure. Thus, in addition to mentioning your basic qualifications, it is imperative that you include extracurricular activities you may have participated in. Be it a sport you played, debate/elocution competitions you won, or leadership qualities you displayed – now is the time to communicate that you are a keen enthusiastic and dedicated worker. Your resume should ensure that despite having little or no work experience in the real world you have the maturity skill and determine to tackle any task. Knowing a foreign language or having exceptional computer skills are other aspects worth mentioning.

Applying for a job switch:

As a young professional, it is possible that you will switch a number of jobs. No two jobs are the same, even if the designation you are applying to is similar to the one you currently hold. However, interpersonal skills and educational qualifications are pre-requirements that tend to overlap, especially within the same industry. A typical resume in this context would the pay attention to the kind of work you have been doing in your current post, as well as an account of your responsibilities and any accomplishments to your credit.

Expectations from your new job in terms of innovative ideas you may have and responsibilities you could handle should be mentioned while educational qualification can take a backseat here (unless you are switching over to a different industry altogether). Employers will look towards your experience and your professional success in the past, and your resume should provide this background without seeming pompous or wordy.

A resume is one of the many documents that goes along with application to a foreign university. The purpose it serves is to give the admissions officers an idea about both educational background and any work experience you may have. It is useful if you can differentiate between your resume and statement of purpose. For instance, if you have made a mention of your strengths and future goals in your SOP, you can talk about your interest and educational/ extracurricular accomplishments in your resume. Certain universities do permit a resume that runs into two pages, and this gives you the opportunity of describing in more detail, the courses you have completed the internships/job you have undertaken as well as the all important extracurricular activities you have participated in and/or aced at.

A resume is mandatory for an MBA as it shows the applicant’s career chart. For MS students, the resume highlights their achievements and projects, while for undergrad students It gives an indication of hobbies, interests, activities in school and college.

A well presented resume will certainly hold you in good stead. Clear demarcations and precise language make a resume more readable and professional. Clear subheads such as Aim, Work Experience, Educational Qualifications, Interest, will aid readers to focus on aspects they consider most important, basic information such as your contact details date of birth etc can be typed in a smaller font under your name. Avoid typing Resume or Curriculum Vitae at the top, unless specifically asked to do so. Remember that your resume is the first impression you give out to a potential employer / admissions officer; be prepared to answer all kinds of questions based on the information you have provided. Finally, if there are still certain details you have had to omit owning to space constraints, feel free to tell them in interview, as this will help to strengthen the impact and impression your resume has made.

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