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High tech, high touch is relevant when technology appears to dominate people and their contribution within organizational setting. They say that the first impression is the last one. If that is the case then your resume is the source of the first impression that your future employer will have of you. A resume summarizes your accomplishments, your education, and your work experience, and should reflect your strengths. Needless to say that great care should be taken to in writing your resume. We present here some of the Fundamentals of a Good Resume (All of which can be gleaned in a few minutes by a potential employer!) An effective resume is the foundation of every successful job campaign. Most students write their first resume when they are seeking internships or summer employment, but resume writing skills are equally important for seniors approaching graduation and alumni seeking advancement.

Before you start …
Before you can write an effective resume, you must first be able to identify your skills and abilities as well as your special needs relating to the work environment, salary, geographic location, and people environment. This step will help you to develop a career objective. The following exercises will help you identify some things about yourself which you may want to express in your resume.

Self-Assessment Exercise

List at least 10 skills which you have developed in each of the following areas: Education/Work/Internships or Volunteer/Extracurricular. Use action words to develop one-liner summaries.

Circle each of the skills noted in part A that you would like to use in your employment. Are there other talents you possess that you would like to use on the job? If so, add them to the list of circled skills. Now rank these skills in order of those you most want to use.

Make a list of what you consider to be 5 great accomplishments in your life. What personal qualities helped you reach each goal?

Career Exploration Collecting information regarding the required skills and qualifications of occupations which interest you is an extremely important step. This information will help you decide if and how these requirements relate to your own skills and needs. Using the books available at your institution's career center or making an appointment with a counselor can be helpful in identifying and exploring careers and can also help you in developing a career objective.

It is essential that a potential employer can reach you. This section should include your name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail address. If a college student, this section might also include a school address and a permanent home address.

Job Objective
A job objective is optional and should only be included for new college grads and those changing careers. Your objective should explain the kind of work you want to do, and be no longer than two to four typed lines.

Key Accomplishments
Some resume experts are suggesting adding a section that highlights your key accomplishments and achievements. This section should summarize (using nouns as keywords and descriptors) your major accomplishments.

For new college grads, this should be the next entry. For others with work experience, this section should follow Work History. This section should include school(s) attended (including years of attendance), majors/minors, degrees, and honors and awards received. There also appears to be a growing trend of employers wanting your GPA in this section. If you decide to do so, make sure to use the GPA that puts you in the best light -- either overall GPA, school or college GPA, or major GPA.

Work History
This should be in bullet format, in reverse chronological order. This section should include company name, your job title, dates of employment, and major accomplishments. If you don't have a lot of career-related job experience, consider using transferable skills to better highlight your work experience. Always remember the rule to use action verbs.

This section is optional and often used simply as an icebreaker by interviewers looking to start an interview on an informal basis. This section should include professional memberships and non-controversial activities/interests.

Many experts say this section is passe, but if you have room, include it. This section should only include a statement saying references are available upon request. Do not include the names of your references on your resume.

Remember that a resume summarizes your accomplishments, education, work experience it should reflect your strengths.


  • Does the overall appearance make an employer want to read it?
  • Is the layout professional?
  • Is the information organized so it is easy to read? (If the employer just skims through it, would their eyes pick up the key points?)
  • Is it well typed? (Do not mix print styles. Important titles should be underlined. Use bold and capital letters only when appropriate.)
  • Is it printed on good quality paper? (Remember to avoid colored paper; it does not copy well.)
  • Are all words spelled correctly? (Have your resume proof-read by a valued colleague.)
  • Is the writing style clear? (Do not use jargon.)
  • Do statements begin with action verbs and communicate accomplishments and results?
  • Are verb tenses consistent? (Have your resume proof-read by someone who is good in English.)
  • Is the employment objective well-written and clear? (Tailoring your resume to the job you are applying for increases your success rate.)
  • Is the major discipline explained in brief if it is one that the employers may not understand?
  • Are employment experiences listed in reverse chronological order?
  • Do your strengths stand out?
  • Is it easy to get a clear picture of your qualifications?
  • Does your resume stress accomplishments and skills more than responsibilities and duties?
  • Does your resume sell your problem-solving abilities?
  • Does your resume show volunteer work that might be relevant to the position sought?
  • Did you account for all periods of time? (The employer will look for this.)
  • Has irrelevant information been eliminated?
  • Could your resume tell the same story if it were shortened?
  • Can the same information be limited to one page?
  • It is the primary tool of your job search and may take several drafts to prepare effectively. This article is designed to assist you by offering suggestions and guidelines for you to use as you construct, write and print your resume.

Make Your Resume
Unique Feel free to develop your own categories to highlight your special relevant experiences and skills. It is frequently useful to separate your related or professional experiences from your other work experience by creating separate categories for these content areas. In this way, you can call more attention to your relevant skills by putting them in categories closer to the top of the resume so they are read first.

Here Are Some Examples

  • Student Teaching Experience
  • Related Experience
  • Experience With Children
  • Related Courses
  • Community Volunteer Work
  • Workshops & Conferences Attended
  • Technical Skills
  • Special Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Certificates
  • Travel
  • Leadership
  • Accomplishments
  • Professional Memberships
  • Military Experience
  • Language Proficiencies
  • Additional Information

In place of Related Experience you might wish to indicate your field of experience in the category heading.Examples: Business Experience, Engineering Experience, Human Services Experience, Sales Experience, etc.

Other Links to Tips On Resume

Resume Preparation

  • JobSmart : Resumes & Cover Letters Index Perhaps the best resume tool on the Web, and off the Web as well. Provides easy-to-follow tips for choosing and creating the kind of resume to best match your history and skills. Includes tips from expert Yana Parker (author of Damn Good Resumes), provides lots of examples, and links you to other sites that will help with specific resume problems.
  • Writing Resumes : Includes okay links to a variety of resume resources on the Web
    • What to include in your resume from Umass,
    • Hypertext Resume Handbook Handbook,
    • Kelly-Approved Resume samples and a resume maker,
    • Resumes-By-State offers samples and how to write resume guides,
    • Resume Writing - worth reading for hints.
  • The Bakos Group: Offers FREE resume review and evaluation. You simply cut & paste your resume and send it through the Internet, along with your name and number.
  • Hiring Bob - Great example of electronic resume!
  • Job Smart Resume Guide
  • Job Bank USA Resume Resources
  • Yahoo Resume Area
  • Intellimatch Power Resume Builder
  • Resume Builder- Monster Board Listing Service
  • Career Mosaic Resume Writing Guide

Ever had butterflies in stomach at the thought of facing an interview. The fear is always of the unknown . We share with you some of the questions frequently asked by the recruiters. The data bank of questions is sure to put all graduating students on stronger ground.

Personal & Motivation Factors
Please tell me about yourself ?

Who or what had the greatest influence on your life?

How would you describe yourself?

What are some of the greatest personal challenges you have faced during your lifetime?

What are some of your personal goals, and have you achieved them?

Skills & Abilities
Please discuss some of your past leadership roles and your accomplishments in them.

Please describe a frustrating experience from school or work, and tell me how you dealt with it.

How do you interact with people around you (i.e. leadership, communication, socializing, etc.)?

Why should our organization hire you?

For you, what are some of the pros and cons of working on a team project?

Have you ever supervised someone in a similar position with another organization?

How would you describe your supervisory style? Who was the most difficult person you have ever dealt with, and how did you respond?

How did you organize your time in school/work/play?

What are your major strengths and weaknesses?

What personal factors do you consider most important when evaluating yourself?

In what organizational structure do you function best?

What organizational techniques do you use on a daily basis to accomplish your academic, work, and social goals?

Please tell me about your communication skills, your personal skills relevant to work experiences, and your problem-solving abilities. Please describe your leadership style. What skills and/or special qualities do you possess for this job that would make you stand out from other candidates? How well do you work with others?

What skills and abilities do you bring to this job?

Please list three personal attributes that you would like to improve, and tell me any efforts you've made to make improvements in these areas.

What do you see as your greatest challenge when starting a new career? How would your friends describe you?

What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?

In what areas are you working to improve?

Who are two people you admire and respect the most, and why?

What aspects of your job at the XYZ organization were most frustrating?

If you could create the perfect job for yourself, what would you be doing?

What is special about you that you feel would make you an attractive candidate for our organization?

How would others describe your weaknesses? How do you organize your time?

Career Goals & Objectives
What are your long range goals and objectives?

How are you preparing to achieve them?

What are your goals and aspirations for the next three years? five years? ten years? What are your short and long-term goals?

What are your standards of success/goals for a job?

Why do you think you would be good at this profession (sales, retailing, marketing, etc.)? Please describe your ideal job.

Why are you interested in this industry/ profession/ occupation?

What are your career interests? What work would you like to do that really interests you?

In what environment do you want to work?

What geographical location interests you most when working?

Please tell me about your plans for the future. What is your timetable for achievement of your current career goals?

Do you prefer theoretical or practical problems?

Why do you want to work for XYZ company?

In this organization, where do you see yourself in five years?

Please tell me five things about yourself that would make you an asset to any organization that hired you.

Extracurricular Activities & College Experiences
With what extracurricular activities have you been involved?

Please tell me about your accomplishments in extracurricular activities.

What have been your greatest challenges for improvement of a campus organization?

What do you enjoy doing most?

Please describe your most rewarding college experiences. Please cite examples of the challenges you experienced during your leadership positions with campus activities.

If you could relive your college experiences, what would you do differently?

What changes would you make in your overall campus life?

During your campus activities, what positions did you hold? What were your major responsibilities in these organizations?

What did you like best/least about these positions?

Did you have an opportunity to work as a member of a team? If so, please explain. What were some of the problems you encountered?

Hypothetical Questions
Are you creative? I am writing a book entitled "101 Everyday uses for the Common Red Brick." Can you give me five uses for the common red brick?

Please look at this photograph of an electronic gadget, because you would be working with others to enhance its capabilities. It operates a helicopter hovering over an ocean platform. What are some concerns that you would place on your checklist to consider before you started this project?

What could you see as the major objectives of this job? If you were hired by our organization, how would you identity the major roles and responsibilities of your new position?

What roles and responsibilities have you accepted in work, social, and other activities?

What is your purpose in life?

For what companies have you worked, and were they good or bad, and why?

What have you admired in people who have previously supervised your work? What haven't you admired in these individuals? (In general, questions related to work ethic and value systems might also be posed.)

In your opinion, what does it take to be effective in sales or marketing? What are your personal motivational techniques?

How would you resolve conflict in a group situation?

If you were given this assignment, how would you proceed?

Academic Programs & Achievements
Why did you choose this major field of study?

Why did you choose your particular college or university?

What were your favorite college courses, those you liked most? Least? Why? Please tell me about accomplishments in your academic program that are relevant to your future career goals.

What is your grade point average (GPA)? How do you feel about this? Should grades be used as an indicator of future career potential when an organization is considering new college graduates? What were your reactions to instructors or college faculty during your academic program? How would you relate your academic accomplishments to future career aspirations? How satisfied are you with your accomplishments in this academic program?

What electives did you take outside of your major?
Why did you choose these courses?
What was the most difficult aspect of obtaining a college degree?
What are your academic strengths?
What courses gave you the most difficulty?
If you could, what changes would you make in your school's academic program?

Work Experiences
What prior work experiences have you had?

What were your accomplishments in these prior work experiences?
What were your most significant achievements?
What problems did you experience while on the job?

What projects were accomplished during your time on the job?
How were these accomplished?

What experiences did you have when meeting deadlines for project completion? Explain. What can you tell me that you enjoyed most about your previous job experiences? Least?

Can you tell me about your toughest job assignment? Please tell me about a conflict situation and how you resolved it.

What life experiences have given you the greatest reward?
What one experience proved to you that you would be a capable manager? Please elaborate on one of the work experiences listed on your resume. Please tell me about the duties/requirements of your last job. What did you see as your major strengths and/or weaknesses on this job?

Accomplishments & Achievements
In addition to your educational and professional experiences, what else would you like us to know about you in order to make an appropriate decision? Please tell me about some of the accomplishments you achieved during college and which make you the proudest.

How did you finance your education? What are your greatest achievements at this point in your life? Of what accomplishments are you most proud?

Knowledge of the Organization
Why did you select XYZ company?

Why do you want our training program over others?

What are your expectations of the XYZ company?

Why do you want to work in the position you are seeking?

Salary & Benefits
What starting salary do you expect as an employee? What company benefits are most important to you? How do you feel about an income made up totally of commissions? When comparing one company offer to another, what factors will be important to you besides starting salary? How important is starting salary to you when considering our company's job offer?

While answering care should be taken to give a unique answer. The question that follows will be most probably from your answer the drill down technique as they call it !!!


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