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How to Prepare a good resume for freshers


Basics of a Resume:

  • It is a 1-2-page summary of your work experience, skills, achievements, background, and credentials.
  • The main purpose of a resume is for job application, to share all credentials for employment, admission in universities or other professional purposes.


A good resume includes following sections: –

  • Header/Personal Details- Your information and contact details like name, email id, address, and phone number.
  • Objective- What are your requirements and objectives.
  • Education- Includes all your qualifications, institute name and other specialization or educational achievements.
  • Practical/Experience/ Projects- It includes recent job including position, name and location of organization and dates of employment. Also mention your role, responsibilities, achievements, internships, and volunteer work.
  • Skills- These are the strengths, personality traits, occupational skills, and list of information that you are seeking in a job.
  • Interests- It includes all your professional aspects.
  • References- A referee should be included at the bottom of a resume. By using the name of a referee, you make sure to ask their permission first otherwise write “References available on request”.

Guidelines for Resume header:

  • only give basic information that you want to share like name, current address, email id, phone number etc.
  • Do not include your photo, date of birth, marital status etc.
  • Do not give unnecessary details like family information and don’t use vague statements like “I have excellent communication skills” etc.

Guidelines to the Objectives:

  • The main purpose is to convey what your goal is.
  • The objective should include the position, functional area, and industry of your choice.
  • Keep in mind that objective is not about what you want but it’s the company needs.

For e.g.:

# If you are a job seeker: – Use trainee as a position or a beginner in a company.

# If you are seeking an internship: – Use ‘intern’ in which role you’ve applied.

Guidelines to the Education:

  • The main purpose of the education section is to provide all the basic qualification for the job or internship.
  • It includes the qualification details from class 10th to present, school/college name, board, specialization, year of passing and marks/CGPA.
  • Remember to write all qualifications in chronological order and use tabular format.

For e.g.:

Qualification School/College University/Board Year Stream/Specialization Score
10th ABC CBSE /ICSE 2010 SCIENCE 93%
12th ABC CBSE /ICSE 2012 PCM 94%
Graduation XYZ RTU 2016 B. TECH IN IT 84%

Guidelines to the projects, internships, experience etc.:

  • Include all your projects, internships in 2-3-line description (must be brief and specific), and time period of your work.
  • The entries in each heading must be in a reverse- chronological order.
  • Only specify what you’ve achieved.

For e.g.:

XYZ Project from ABC company (Jan 2017-May 2017):

(Write all the description of your project.)

Guidelines to the Skills:

  • It shows what you’ve learnt in the past.
  • You can have multiple headings under skills like:

                    -soft skills: – To show your personality traits.

                    -core/occupational skills: – Your professional traits.

                    -IT skills.

  • Always add your best skills and unique strengths.

For e.g.:

Leadership quality: If you lead a team during a campaign or in university activities.

Guidelines to the Interest:

  • The main purpose of your interest shows about your real character. During discussion or interview, the interviewers asks about your interest first. So carefully choose your interest.
  • Mention your meaningful and best interest that supports you.

For e.g.:

– I am a trekker and an active member of xyzzy club and completed 1- treks.

– I like photography and travelling.

Length of a resume:

Always keep your resume short and concise up to 2 pages.

Format and style:

The design and layout of your resume should be neat and use paragraphs and bullet points.

Do’s in your resume:

  • Start from a template.
  • Mention your relevant experience.
  • Keep your resume short around 800 words.
  • Include a summary statement.
  • Do run a spell check.
  • Include your soft skills like “effective communicator” etc.
  • Do include your non-experience work and volunteer work.
  • Mention your extracurricular accomplishments.

Don’ts of a resume:

  • Don’t use obvious skills like ‘using the internet’.
  • Don’t use undermining words like ‘first time’, ‘myself’ etc.
  • Avoid use of many fonts.
  • Don’t include anything private and confidential.
  • Don’t try to hide gaps if any during academic. Be honest and confident in the truth.
  • Don’t use negative phrases like ‘fixed problem’ etc.
  • Don’t use a PDF format for your resume. Use word files wherever possible.
  • Don’t copy the job description or copy from your friends resume. Use your original data.

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