Mistakes one should not do while creating résumé & CVs ?

mastercool8695

Cyborg Agent
i'm just a 12th (maybe 12 passout if they dont give zeroes all over..)
i want a sticky..
awesome thread..
and what about putting the good info on the first page itself..
articles all over the internet on this topic are almost the same..
none of them talk so particularly as you guys..
STICKY IT MODS>> PLEASE>> :thumbs::thumbs: to OP and all the Contributors..
 

Flash

Lost in speed
You should be able to backup all your points in resume. If you're not sure of anything, just don't put it. If you do, it will be a big blow when questions are asked in that particular.
 

flyingcow

Shibe
Re: Mistakes one should not do while creating résumé & CVs ?

Well, i do take technical interviews very often and let me tell you something that i will look into resume.

1. If you put something in the resume, you need to answer, no matter how small it is. For example, people write like HTML,CSS,Javascript and if i ask some basic HTML/CSS question, they say i don't know that much. So better would be to avoid putting things that you have no idea, or not having in-depth knowledge. Or mention the skill level like Basic, Intermediate etc.

2. Please mention your marks from +2. Some people ignore their school education, thinking it is not needed. But it does play a big role. Especially for a fresher.

3. Personal Objective is where most of us messing things up. Copying some peppy sentence from internet and paste it as Objective. Not a good idea. Just write what you want, even if it is not so peppy. Employers do look for different approach. (Just a minute of read resume, so writing something from your heart/brain will be much better compared to some copy paste stuff)

4. Make sure the length of CV is not so annoying. Yes, a fresher cannot have 3 page resume, because he don't have experience, so 3 page resume means bullshit stories.

@OP

What about programming languages ? In engineering we are taught basics of C/C++/Java/.NET/HTML/CSS & many more. One should mention all that ? How much knowledge one must posses to include ? for eg : OOP paradigms of Java/C++ etc.
For fresher, just very basic knowledge is good enough. For example, for Java, OOPS and basic level knowledge is enough to impress. Like OOPS concepts, merits of Java over other lang. One more thing, if you know concept, you must be able to write simple program to show the concept.
What about apps/projects one has created ? Just simply mentioning the link to GitHub would do or 1-2 line brief description of major ones in résumé & good description in CV?
2 line description will do. GitHub link will be good, cause employer will have one more reason to consider you over other guys.
What about knowledge about technologies like Wordpress, vBulletin ? [not development, but installation,administration etc]
Just mention it in Summary.

Also see this, it took me a looong time to type this out, my hands are paining now...



Given the fact that CV or resume is a very very important aspect of your career exposure to external entities, it pretty much or entirely depends on the entity itself. So as to say, It may be where you are uploading your resume for applying to a job, or you may be sending it to your current employer for changing your project...and many such instances. So the quality, length, information highlighted and arranged in the resume will be varying according to this. It may also happen that you are freshers from college and applying in Pool or In Campus interviews, or it may also happen that you are force applying against an opportunity to the employer, with a referral.

For Example....lets say For Freshers, the CV format Will specially highlight Your +2 Scores and your DGPA throughout the semesters. Special Breakdown tables your specialization areas (such as Science or Commerce) must be there with highlighted percentage marks or grades. Grades can be also elaborated with the scaling factor ( means what grade means how good it is...but its optional).

Then College Marks should be charted n table format with each semester CGPA.

Breakdown of the same according to subject is a viable option. Always remember that whenever you are doing break-ups and consolidations, your Specialty and Strong Points should be intelligently displayed. IF you have continuously done very good in all subjects of your stream, then you are on the advantage of showing it and it also carries a reminding note to the interviewer when he'll be asking questions. Also it has a disadvanage , that if you haent have done so well in ALL of it, but concentrated on your special interests, the a large breakdown will put you in embarrassing phase. Better not use elaborate breakdowns and consolidate only strength points. A perfect balance will save you from many shortcomings and will only expose your positive points while interview, remember a good interviewer can do two things, he willl just watch the CV at a go and then will let you enter a completely different world with him...or he can minutely squeeze every single drop of info from ur CV and cross you with the same. So whatever you are not confident with, NEVER put in your CV

The introduction part of the CV, for freshers, is not that important,as it will always carry more like you're advertisement, so i will part to you and hope that you will roll just fine with a legitimated English writing with a tint of corporate and sober humor. Dont write anything which bears any serious discrimination of yourself from the world..also don't signal anything very trivial and commonplace.

Better fill that place with some your Experience Summary, i feel that way, where you get a better chance to actually pinpoint on your better self of being an technical person with skills along with your personality towards it. The common mistake that people often make...is to throw away as much adjectives as possibly on can have before their description. Avoid redundant phrases like "skilled", "expert" "enriched" "good"...it all means same...so use one effectively, do not over-weigh yourself. Another point is to estimate relevance of your introduction. IF applying to a company for a post of JAVA you should not expose most your feelings and expertise how good team player you were in your college Cricket team. Be specific brief and sharp about your skills. Also pose a less casual and more professionally "happy" attitude in your introduction. Have style...but power dressing it...is the key. Extra curriculum in introduction is very shallow IMO, never worked for me or companies like I'm in...but it depends. Team playing is a good option in intro, try to convey it in some ways.


More points in rest of the technical part is coming....

Below A decent example of the introduction part. But it has concentration on raw technicalities. You have a large margin of putting more generic skill sets and views in this if you are a fresher...


"• A sincere and competent IT professional with an enriching experience over 3 years in Software Development and team management under Development and Support area.
• Proficiency in Oracle SQL/PLSQL coding and Oracle database applications support activities.
• Excellent hands on experience PL/SQL code, Performance tuning, Data migration, Shell Scripting Deployment and CIT automation,UNIT/Regression Automation and TDD.
• Expertise in Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration and Testing using CruiceControl Dashboard, RQM, GENEVA.
• Expertise for solving different types of production issues and provides solution to the user.
• Experience to handle bridge tickets, Problem records, Service request , Defects in HP QC TOOL.
• Expertise in Development work over Geneva Horizontal and Global Services in Billing for Wholesale and SOE platform, Phoenix Bplus Transformation with IRB3.0 Profiecient Knowldege.
• Expertise in Support Activities in IVVT and SIT.
• Ability to work independently and as well as in team environments.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, team building skills and an ability to interact with people from all levels of business."

OR you can depict DIRECTLY detail of your achievements in introduction with a way with words , without points, but as furious said, never make it too long to be annoyed at, never make it too short to posture vague ideas about your capabilities. Another example be. Paragraph it if required. This Directive is some ways effective if you have feathers that can dazzle the interviewer..but its always worth a go...

"PERSONAL SUMMARY : A bright, talented, ambitious and self-motivated Oracle developer with a strong technical background who possesses self-discipline and the ability to work with the minimum of supervision. Able to play a key role throughout the system development / support life cycle of a project to ensure that quality solutions meet business objectives. Possessing a good team spirit, deadline orientated and having the ability to produce detailed technical specifications from client requirements.
A quick learner who can absorb new ideas and can communicate clearly and effectively. Currently looking for a opportunity to join a dynamic, ambitious, growing company and forge a career as a first class Oracle developer.

WORK EXPERIENCE Oracle Specialist Consultancy Firm – Coventry
ORACLE DEVELOPER June 2008 - Present
Participation in a medium-size system implementation through the full project life cycle. Responsible for the design, construction, unit test, code review and bug fix of allocated modules to agreed time, quality and cost."
 

mastercool8695

Cyborg Agent
Re: Mistakes one should not do while creating résumé & CVs ?

a question: if someone knows how to redesign the resume using photoshop and illustrator, should he/she do it ?
what do recruiters in india think about the resume?
is it good or bad?
also, what if some text on your resume is in the from of a png? like you cannot copy/paste it. like personal info (at the start of the resume)
 
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Faun

Wahahaha~!
Staff member
what if not ?
is it a positive aspect or negative.
i read somewhere that it shows that the person had put some effort into making the resume.
is there any thing like how to name the resume pdf ? like should it be like
<fullname>-Resume.pdf ?

Avoid putting images in resume for important details as it makes it difficult to crawl through the resume you have uploaded. Instead put links to your online portfolio if you really want someone to notice it with live experience. There are other ways to design a slick resume.

Name it with you full name and date. If you got a reference number then add that too.
 

mastercool8695

Cyborg Agent
Re: Mistakes one should not do while creating résumé &amp; CVs ?

Avoid putting images in resume for important details as it makes it difficult to crawl through the resume you have uploaded. Instead put links to your online portfolio if you really want someone to notice it with live experience. There are other ways to design a slick resume.

Name it with you full name and date. If you got a reference number then add that too.

the photo part only contains the header of the resume (name, emils, phone numbers, my branch, college, etc.

what length is ideal for an engineering student's resume? (3rd year)

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Avoid putting images in resume for important details as it makes it difficult to crawl through the resume you have uploaded. Instead put links to your online portfolio if you really want someone to notice it with live experience. There are other ways to design a slick resume.

Name it with you full name and date. If you got a reference number then add that too.

the photo part only contains the header of the resume (name, emils, phone numbers, my branch, college, etc.

what length is ideal for an engineering student's resume? (3rd year)
 

pranav0091

I am not an Owl
Re: Mistakes one should not do while creating résumé &amp; CVs ?

the photo part only contains the header of the resume (name, emils, phone numbers, my branch, college, etc.

what length is ideal for an engineering student's resume? (3rd year)

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the photo part only contains the header of the resume (name, emils, phone numbers, my branch, college, etc.

what length is ideal for an engineering student's resume? (3rd year)

1 A4 page.
Seriously, dont bother going any longer than that.

The guys that are going to read your resume are not fools to get carried away by any pompous self-appraisal. They know you are a student, and hence have limited to non-existent work-experience. Instead showcase your technical abilities (more so than any "manager" work on some college fest - thats useless. Unless they are hiring you to be a manager which is unlikely) - any projects, any github repos, any bug submissions, any hacking/code fest wins, any technical event participation, any technical forum leader/contributor, any tech blogs/entries - anything of the engineering sort.

Absolutely NO typos, solid grammar, good fonts (Serif fonts add weight to content, keep that in mind - Cambria for headings, Calibri for content is a safe choice) and a clean layout without fancy colours or images - make sure that the resume doesnt look like a 10 minute hack job. Or compiled by a 10 year old.

Source : As far as I remember, I had a 1-A4-page-long resume at the beginning of the fourth year - with 0 prior work experience and exactly 0 mentions of internships (I didn't intern anywhere).
 

thetechfreak

Legend Never Ends
Rather old thread but some interesting points here. Will make a few changes to my résumé.
Tried to make it as short as possible and now it's 2 pages.


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