Sunday, 7 August 2011

How to write a winning resume?

When you see your friends getting interview calls from good companies, it might strike you that why did you not get the call. You and your friend have the same qualification, same experience, still he gets better job opportunities. It is then that you start thinking where are you lacking. You might be equally good in terms of qualification or job, but there is one thing that might differentiate you from your friend. It is your ‘Resume’. A well written resume conveys the right information about you to the employer. There are many example resumes available online, which help you to get an idea of the latest styles of resume.

Writing a resume is no rocket science but it is not child’s play either. It is the document that decides your career. A strong resume might get you your dream job and vice versa. Thus, to write a resume, you need to put in a little time, efforts, thought process and research. Research is in terms of going through resume examples, and also downloading some free examples of a resume that you can refer to. Collect a bunch of examples, and then carefully go through these different styles of resume.

Besides this, here are some hard and fast rules you need to follow, if you wish to write a winning curriculum vitae (CV) for yourself.

Tips to write a good winning resume/CV:

The beginning lines of your CV that speak about your career objective and you in short, will help the employer to decide whether he/she should read further, or just move on to the next one. The tips given below will prove helpful to you, to write a winning CV.

Personal contact details:

Many times, you lose an opportunity because, you changed your cell number, or the email id you mentioned on your CV is incorrect. Always remember that the employer has many options to choose from. If the employer likes your CV and wishes to have a word with you or call you for an interview, your name, contact number and email address should be clearly visible to him. If he fails to see it, or if he tries to call you and the number is incorrect or unreachable, he will not bother to try again and will look at other options. Your cover letter and your resume, both should have your correct and updated contact details.


The language used in your resume should be simple. There should be no grammatical mistake and spelling errors. Also, speaking in first person leaves a good impression on the reader

Bullets and Paragraphs:

Mention the details in small paragraphs. Use bullets to increase the readability. Do not write very long paragraphs.

Honest and not Vague:

The employer questions in an interview are  based on your CV. Presenting any vague or incorrect information will land you in trouble.


Proofread your CV and get it checked from someone else as well, to avoid any mistakes. Take a print on a good quality paper and sign your resume.

These tips and example resumes you refer to, will help you write a winning resume for yourself.

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