I understand if you aren’t sure on how it should look and what all to write in it. It does get confusing! A little bit of advice could help you make a stunning resume. Well, you are absolutely at the right place! Just make sure, you read thoroughly and put enough effort into it and you’ll come out with a much better Resume than you could imagine.
In this blog, we’ll be covering:
- Importance of your Resume / CV.
- Resume Tips: Keep in mind before starting.
- Resume Format: Each section and what to write in it.
- Designing and Formatting the resume.
So, Let’s begin!
Is your Resume looking closer to this:
While it should look closer to something like this:
Importance of Resume
Any job or internship you apply to asks for your Resume as the first round of screening. I understand that a Resume cannot be enough to convey what skillset and strengths you have, especially for freshers who don’t have any work experience to show. But, being the very first filter, you got to make it as good as possible. It cannot be a half hearted effort. On top of this, you have to make 1 Resume or at most 2-3 Resumes for different profiles for all the companies you’ll be applying to. It’s a one time effort to increase your chances of shortlisting in all the companies you’ll be applying to. This is the first thing all freshers should work on before their placement season begins.
Also, if you put in enough effort in making your Resume, you’ll be well equipped with pointers on your strengths, experiences and achievements for interview questions too. I’ve seen a lot of freshers struggle in thinking of points to speak on questions like ‘What are your strengths?’ and your Resume will come to the rescue here.
Interviewers too, try and ask questions from your Resume, but when your Resume doesn’t have enough content to ask you questions, they shift to topics which come to their mind and those can be unpredictable. They could pop up from any domain, which you might or might not have prepared for. Hence, making a good resume and preparing well for all questions around it could actually help you out a lot for your interviews too.
Resume for freshers looking for the first job becomes difficult because they haven’t done it before and don’t know the basics of building a Resume. Don’t worry, we will take you through it!
Key Points before you start making your Resume
Your Resume is one page to sell yourself to the company; Dig out your strengths, skills, achievements from the past and mention them here. If this piece of paper isn’t impressive, you won’t even get a chance to interview.
Be honest in your Resume. Mention things you have done and skills, strengths which are genuinely yours. It’s easy for the employer to spot lies when you interview.
Your Resume should be full of content and have less blank spaces or unnecessary formatting to fill up the page. You should not be doing this:
You can include contact information like Name, E-Mail, Phone Number at the top of the Resume, not using more than 3 lines.
You DO NOT need to write your Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Aadhar Number, PAN Number, Nationality and Address in your Resume. This information is useless for the recruiter. (unless specifically asked for)
You DO NOT need to write a section called Declaration. This is not a legal document and your signing it doesn’t make it any more authentic. You are in any case liable for the information provided to the company, doesn’t matter if you make a declaration or not.
Your Resume should be 1 page long. Being freshers, you already don’t have enough content to write in the resume. So, don’t make it unnecessarily long as the recruiter has limited time to spend on each resume.
Sections of your Resume
Lets look at the different sections you can include in your resume
Career Objective vs Professional Summary
As freshers, you should include a career objective in your resume. Professional summary is for people with some work experience and can mention their experience and expertise developed in a particular role. Most freshers use a generic cliched Career Objective which doesn’t add any value for the employer. You should avoid something like this:
Career Objective is the Freshers Resume Headline. It should ideally be changed for different roles in different companies. For example, a candidate seeking a career in Sales will have a different objective than someone seeking a career in Finance, right? You can use this 3 point framework to write a good career objective:
- Who I am?
- What I want to be?
- How will I make your company successful?
Try and cover these 3 points in your career objective. Example: Digital Marketing Role: Highly motivated individual and a certified digital marketer, with a great understanding of SEO & SEM, and attention to detail in my work, looking for a SEO specialist role with your company.
IT Role: Looking for a challenging role with a reputable organization to utilize my technical, database and management skills for the growth of the organization as well as to enhance my knowledge about the new and emerging technologies in the sector.
For freshers, this section should be present in the top half of the resume itself. The most important information about a fresher is the educational qualifications he/she has until now. You should try and include your Class 10th, Class 12th and College details like School/ College Name, Location, Year of Graduation, Board/ Degree, Percentage / CGPA. For example:
Internships / Projects / Work Experience
Freshers usually fall short of relevant experience in the job role they are applying for. However, mentioning any other work experience you may have gained shows the employer that you have exposure to working in teams and corporate etiquette. Most freshers only mention the company name or the project name which they pursued. That doesn’t help the recruiter understand what you have learnt from that experience. It is very important to mention pointers on the work you have done and what you have learnt in the internship / project pursued by you. Try and include: Job Role/ Title, Company Name, Duration/ Dates, Key Pointers For Example:
This section is a must have for freshers. It’s the easiest way to convey your strengths and skills to the employer. You can mention both Technical and Soft Skills in this section. You can choose to separate them by aligning them left and right or by adding a separator line between them. Technical Skills could be: Programming languages like Python, Java, C++; Skills like SEO, Google Adwords, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Modelling using R/ Python, etc.
Soft Skills could be: Presentation Skills, Leadership Skills, Communication skills, Interpersonal Skills, Time Management Skills, etc.(Insert Button: Take the complete course with mentor)
The sections we have discussed till now are the ones you must include. But, your Resume should not just be about them. It is important to highlight your achievements in fields apart from these. Let’s see what else you can include in your resume. You can choose sections from below, depending on your experience and achievements.
Extra Curricular Activities
If you have won or participated in any activities / competitions in sports or cultural or anything outside the classroom like being a member of a sports team, serving as chief editor of your school newspaper, or playing in a regional orchestra.
Positions of Responsibility
Any post involving you to perform a set of duties like Coordinator of Cultural Fest or President of Debating Club or Team Leader at NCC or Head Boy in School or Volunteer for National Blind Association, any such post can be included. Also, do mention your work at that position, only then can the recruiter understand the experience you have gained from being at that position. Example: Managed a team of 20 people to coordinate the Annual College Fest or Organized the Annual Science Fair with 25+ food stalls and a footfall of 800 people.
If you know only English and Hindi, it would not make sense to mention it. In case your knowledge of additional languages could be beneficial for the employer, you should mention it. You should mention the languages only if you are proficient at them.
Try to mention relevant certifications to the job role you are applying for. Prioritize certifications from well known sources and mention the graded ones in which you have good scores before the others.
Hobbies and Interests
You should avoid this section if possible. In case you have space left after putting down all other possible information, you can include this section. The employer values uniqueness and personality in candidates. So, don’t include common hobbies like Reading, Listening to songs, Playing Badminton just for the sake of filling up the page.
Designing and Formatting the Resume
The recruiter spends an average of 7 seconds reviewing each resume. It is important that you make sure your Resume catches their attention. For this to happen, you need to ensure that it looks neat and easily legible. By legible, I mean the key highlights of your resume can be grasped by the reader very quickly. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Keep the formatting consistent across all sections of your Resume.
- Keep Margins on all 4 sides in your Resume.
- Use Bold judiciously to highlight your strong points.
- Keep font size between 10-12
- Use easily readable fonts like Verdana, Arial, Helvetica
- Don’t use abbreviations
- Proofread to avoid spelling and grammatical mistakes
Folks, this should help you build a good Resume. Make sure you put in a whole hearted effort to brainstorm all your past achievements and come up with strong pointers to write in your Resume. Make these pointers impressive by framing them well and lastly, prepare the resume in a neat and legible format so that it looks great!
PS: Make sure you always submit your Resume in PDF format. Word Doc loses its formatting when opened in another computer.
PPS: Check out our Resume for Freshers Templates here . We have resume for freshers PDF format and Word Format both. You can use these resumes for freshers as samples.