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  • Alright. So I am going to be honest with you.

  • I have never really liked writing a resume

  • because I have to worry about font, grammar, structure

  • and in the end it all comes down to listing down my achievements

  • and it hurts to find out that I don't have many.

  • But achievements or no achievements, we need a job, right?!

  • Because apart from the money it gets you,

  • having a job in the early stages of your career makes you

  • a professional,

  • it makes you disciplined.

  • And both of these combined, will get you closer

  • to Wealth, Health and even Love!

  • And the first step to all of this is to write a resume.

  • I know writing a resume sounds complicated

  • but that's what I am here for.

  • So it doesn't matter if you are a fresher or an experienced professional

  • or a home-maker trying to find a part-time job.

  • Today, by the end of this video, you will be surprised to see how easy it is

  • to write a resume that will get you an interview call.

  • So in today's video we are going to learn..

  • What is it that Interviewers look for in a resume?

  • Second, we are going to learn how to structure a resume.

  • Third, I will type a resume infront of you so that you know exactly what to put in which section.

  • But the most important point...

  • in the end, I will give you a bonus tip that will take your resume to the next level!

  • Before we begin, let me clarify that you are free

  • to tweak your resume the way you want.

  • Because there is no certified way to writing a resume.

  • The only thing that's certified is this..

  • that you and I will learn something new and useful every week.

  • So if you want to learn things that haven't been taught in school

  • then make sure you subscribe to this channel and hit that bell icon!

  • Let's begin!

  • So what is it that Interviewers 'Look For' in a resume?

  • It is less about what is it that they 'look' for

  • and more about what is it that Interviewers 'see'.

  • For example, suppose this is the job that we are applying for,

  • for the role of a Blockchain Developer.

  • Even though I took an example of an I.T job, you can use the same principles

  • for Banking, Education, Hotel Management, Sales or any other job that you like.

  • Now the problem is, no matter what job you are applying for

  • there will be 100's, if not 1000's of people applying for the same job!

  • With these many profiles, the Interviewers will hardly spend around

  • 6 seconds to look at your resume.

  • It's like being on Tinder.

  • If your profile is not appealing at the first glance

  • then you will be left-swiped right away

  • because there are a lot of other profiles waiting to be reviewed

  • which is why your resume should not be like a long boring list!

  • It should be like an advertisement...

  • Short. To the Point and Crisp!

  • And that brings us to the resume structure!

  • To help you understand the resume structure better, I am going to write it with you..

  • Let's use Google Docs because it's free.

  • Just so that we are clear, this video is not sponsored by Google Docs!

  • You can use Microsoft Word or any other resume builder that you like.

  • I have left the link of Google Docs in the description!

  • Go to that link, click on this button

  • and select the template that says 'Resume'.

  • As you can see, the structure is already built.

  • Now let's understand what to fill in these sections.

  • We are first going to build an experienced person's profile

  • and then make a few changes to this profile

  • so that it becomes a Fresher profile.

  • Let's assume that we are going to apply for this role of a Blockchain Developer.

  • Interestingly, even Sugandh has worked on Blockchain.

  • So I am going to start by creating his profile.

  • Even though I am taking an I.T job example,

  • you can use the same guidelines for any job in any field.

  • The first thing you need to write is your Name.

  • Since I am building Sugandh's profile, I am going to write his name.

  • After Name, is the Professional Title.

  • This is where you use words or phrases that define you professionally

  • like Problem Solver, Innovator, Mentor, Quick Leaner, FireFighter

  • which basically means that you are quick at solving problems!

  • So here I am going to write Innovator, Mentor and Firefighter.

  • I am writing Innovator because later I am going to mention a few Patents that he has.

  • So make sure that you support whatever you write in your Professional Title throughout our resume.

  • Next is Contact Information

  • and these are the things that you can mention.

  • First is Email ID.

  • All of us have had weird college IDs

  • but please do not write 'aawaraashiq@gmail.com'.

  • It looks extremely unprofessional.

  • Create a new ID that has your name and mention that,

  • write your phone number

  • and next, mention any social media profiles that are relevant to the position you are applying to

  • like your LinkedIn profile.

  • Or if you are applying for a Digital Marketing role

  • then may be you can even mention your

  • Twitter or Instagram handles.

  • Since this is for an I.T job, I am going to mention his LinkedIn profile here

  • and a SkypeID, just in case someone from

  • overseas wants to conduct an interview over Skype.

  • And that is most of what you need to mention in your contact information.

  • Things that you don't need to mention are..

  • your marital status, religious affiliation, DOB

  • or even your photo because all of this is

  • unnecessary information taking up unnecessary space.

  • Next comes Experience.

  • Here you will mention your current job first and then go back

  • and mention your old jobs in a reverse chronological order.

  • So mention the name of the company, your job role

  • and right beneath it, mention the time-period you've held that role for.

  • Sugandh has worked for 3 companies in the past

  • so I'll make 3 different sections.

  • Suppose you were in the same company but have had different roles

  • then you can have a separate section for each role.

  • Now that you have this template, under each section

  • write down your responsibilities and key deliverables in a bullet point format.

  • Remember this section is an opportunity to showcase

  • how your experience is aligned to the position that you are applying for.

  • Since we are applying for the role of a Blockchain Developer,

  • it makes sense to mention that he has led a Blockchain Research Group at his current company.

  • Remember to sprinkle the keywords mentioned in the job description

  • throughout your experience section

  • because that way the hiring manager will know that you have the experience that the team needs.

  • And second point, always try to be specific about your achievements.

  • Suppose you are applying for a Social Media role,

  • then don't just mention, 'Managed a Facebook Page',

  • instead you can write, 'Revamped a business page on Facebook that has led to over 70K followers..

  • (up by 40% in 2 months) and has led to a 4% increase on revenue.'

  • See the difference?

  • Because you have added a number to your accomplishment

  • it gives the Hiring Manager confidence in your abilities.

  • So try to add a number and quantify

  • as many bullet points as possible.

  • Next is Education.

  • Incase you have been working for quite sometime

  • then it's best to keep your education section short and sweet.

  • Suppose you have been working for 6 years or more

  • then it doesn't make sense to mention your 10th and 12th percentage.

  • Just mention the details of your last degree.

  • So he did his Bachelors from IIIT-H. So I'll mention that.

  • Beneath it, I'll mention the time period

  • and write after that in 3-4 bullet points, I'll mention the highlights

  • which is CGPA, any relevant Course Work or Honors and that's it!

  • If you are a student, you'll obviously add a lot more in the education section.

  • We'll come to that in a minute.

  • Next come Skills.

  • Typically for a Software Job, you can mention the Languages and Technologies that you know

  • and rate them according to how well you know them.

  • But make sure that you include the skills that have been mentioned in the job description.

  • So out of all the skills mentioned here, he knows

  • Java, JavaScript, Blockchain, SQL

  • so I've mentioned them here along with a couple of other technologies.

  • If you are not from the Software field, then you can mention your

  • Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Leadership Skills,

  • Social Media Skills, Project Management Skills;

  • basically do not forget to mention the skills that have been included in the job description.

  • Next is Additional Section.

  • This is the best time to brag about any

  • awards, certifications, publications, patents,

  • volunteer work done, languages that you know, extra-curricular activities,

  • conferences/courses attended or any other hobbies that you have

  • that are relevant to the position that you are applying to.

  • Just pick the best 2 sections and mention them.

  • So here I'll only mention 2 sections.

  • The awards he has received and the fact that he has 3 patents under his name.

  • Now before you hit export and send that resume to a Hiring Manager

  • there are a few important points to remember

  • but before that, let's first see how we can modify this profile

  • so that it becomes a Fresher's Profile.

  • Incase you are a fresher

  • or are applying for an entry-level job

  • then the resume pretty much remains the same

  • except for 3 changes.

  • #1: Education

  • If you are a fresher, mention your Education before your Experience.

  • List down your Institution Name, Degree and Time Period in reverse chronological order upto your 10th standard

  • and don't forget to have a separate column for your percentage or your CGPA.

  • Next is Experience.

  • I know, if you are a fresher, there isn't much

  • that you can write under the Experience section

  • but here are few things that you can mention.

  • If you are an Engineer then you would've done some Mini Projects in ever semester.

  • This is the perfect place to mention all of that.

  • Write the name of the project and in 1-2 lines

  • describe what is that project about.

  • Mention any internships you've done,

  • mention any paper you have worked on, with your faculty.

  • Even if you used to take tuitions for kids or

  • worked at McDonalds part-time to pay your college fees, mention that

  • because it tells the Hiring Manager that you are committed

  • and have developed a sense of professionalism early in your life.

  • The third and the final change is this.

  • Incase you are a student, there are a lot of things

  • that you can mention under the Additional Section,

  • the best being your competitive exam score (be it IIT-JEE, Eamcet or even your CAT rank).

  • Incase you have not given any of these then no problem.

  • Then you can mention the college fest that you had participated in,

  • hackathons, coding contests, paper presentation contests,

  • you can even write about the initiatives you took while you were at college like

  • taking care of your college website, newsletter or even maintaining your own blog.

  • So those were the 3 key differences between

  • a Freshers profile and an Experienced person's profile.

  • But before you hit export, here are 3 important points to remember..

  • #1: Keep your resume to 1-page, maximum.

  • If you have information that is relevant to the position that you are applying to

  • then go ahead and add an extra page.

  • But if you are adding fluff just for the sake of adding pages

  • then your resume will suffer.

  • #2: Always proof-read and double check your resume

  • because nothing hurts a resume more than a grammatical error.

  • But the third and the most important point,

  • never ever lie in your resume.

  • If you don't have the skills, you might not get this job

  • but if you lie then you might not be called for any future jobs the company might have.

  • Sometimes, it's okay to not have the skills

  • because most companies will be ready to train you

  • but honesty is a skill that no company compromises on.

  • So that's how you write a resume.

  • If you want me to make a separate video about

  • 'How to crack a job interview?' or

  • 'How to get a promotion?'

  • then comment and let me know.

  • Before I tell you what is the bonus tip,

  • if you know someone who is struggling with writing a resume

  • then take a moment and 'Share' this video with them

  • and hit that big fat 'Like' Button if you want me to make more career videos.

  • And finally, here is the bonus tip!

  • Always maintain a Live Career Document.

  • Whenever you work on something, like..

  • take part in a fest, organise a hackathon or build a tool for your team;

  • maintain a document and write it down.

  • Most of the times we don't know what to write in our resume

  • because we forget what we've done.

  • But if you get into the habit of noting everything down

  • then not only will it build your resume

  • but it will also give you a list of things to talk about

  • in your appraisal for your next promotion.

  • On that thought, I promise to see you again next week.

  • Until then...

  • Keep fighting

  • The Urban Fight

  • to be Fit!

Alright. So I am going to be honest with you.