How to write great career summary or profile in resume?

Greetings everyone! I hope you are doing great. Career summary is most important part of your resume. It’s like jingle of an advertisement. If you mute the jingle or even worse, could not synchronise jingle, your product doesn’t sale.

Many people rush into writing their career summary or profile too soon. This hurry, to get first section of resume done can cost you a lot. Goal of career summary or profile is to explain the reader what he can expect from you in case he hires you. It should also explain what kind of role you would like to work in. In order to achieve this goal, you need to write your career history, education and achievement sections first. This helps you keep your best attributes in perspective so that you don’t miss on to important highlights while writing summary.

Secret to writing impressive career summary is to understand what perspective employer is looking for. He is looking for following

  • What are you good at?
  • What are you currently doing?
  • What are your achievements?
  • What is your objective?

In short you need to list down your best feature and then with the support of these ask for what you deserve. One line crisp answer of each question would give you best summary.

We will tackle every question one by one.

  • What are you good at?

For answering this question look at one thing which you have been doing for last few years. If you were studying engineering, you are an engineer. Even if you have spent last 10 years in IT at various positions and now you are a Project Manager, you are a damn good IT professional.

Let’s take an example. Ben spent 8 years of his professional career as sales and marketing person at various positions. His first line of the summary would read “Benat is result-oriented sales and marketing professional with over 8 years experience predominantly in CAD, CAE and PLM field”.

  • What are you currently doing?

After introducing yourself to the reader you should choose to tell what you do right now? According to hiring experts, prospective employer would like to know what you are currently busy with, how long you have been doing it. This gives them fair bit of idea about your capabilities. Look back at your career history and condense your current responsibilities into one sentence.

Let’s continue with the same example. Now Ben is working with a company from past 18 months leading their sales and marketing department. His next line would say, “He is leading newly launched Product Sales Division of XYZ Technologies with the help of 6 team members’ for sales and marketing functions for last 18 months”.

  • What are your achievements?

Now your future employer understands who are you? What are you capable of in very general sense? Now he is interested in reading what you have achieved. Take a dip into your career history, education and certification. Choose either your latest relatively big achievement or some basic certification which is absolute necessity in your profession or a stellar degree. You might ask if, you don’t have any of these, what should you do?

Let’s see, what Ben chose to highlight. He did not have either of the above. So he stuck to his skills. His resume read, “He has specific communication and presentation skills to co-ordinate with internal and external customers and leverages finely-honed interpersonal, negotiation and time management skills to expand business.”

  • What is your objective?

Now the reader has fair amount of idea of, what to expect from you? He is now interested in knowing what do you expect from him? Now there are many people who would argue that this is exactly what you are going to write in objective section. My point is writing separate objective section is relevant only when you are mass circulating your resume. Most of the time, you forward your resume against a specific advertisement which clearly mentions designation/role and its duties and responsibilities. In this case, you need not mention objective explicitly. Instead you can incorporate it into summary and use it to highlight more skills of yours.

Let’s see how Ben uses it? “He is seeking an assignment where experience in Funnel Creation, Branding, Channel management and Team Building can be leveraged to contribute to organizational targets and overall growth”

So, answering these four questions would present your very powerful summary. I hope this helped you. Please leave your comments below.

Difference between among and between

Greetings people! How are you? Thank you for keeping coming back to this post. Some people are obsessed with using variety of words and in an attempt to do so, spoil the original meaning. Let’s look at difference between among and between.

Among

It is derived from Old English amang meaning akin to

Preposition

  1. Mingling of separable objects or people

I’m going to give a select group of students back their power, but you’re not among them.

  1. Denotes belonging of a person or a thing to a group

My husband was the most strong willed among us.

  1. Sharing a common feature

He was one of the oldest warriors among the immortals, a man with the body of a thirty-year-old and the soul of the Ancients.

Between

It is derived from Middle English betwene or Old English betweonan which is equivalent to be + twain (two) literally meaning in between two

Preposition

  1. Position or interval that separates the two things in quantity or degree

There was a fine line between being frugal and being a miser.

  1. Done together

Whatever the issue was the conflict between Ajinkya and Nirmal remained.

  1. Shared in confidence

This is between you and me, not the entire society.

 

In short both words can be used interchangeably when intended meaning is in the middle of, otherwise not.

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Improve your IELTS band by working on Speaking skills: Part 2

Many students fear speaking section in IELTS. This is not because they have poor Language skills but because they have not practiced well. Here are few pointers for the speaking test of IELTS. This is in continuation of previous post “Improve your IELTS band by working on Speaking skills”.

  • Do not memorize speech for the interview. It doesn’t make good impression. How would you like talking to a tape? Remember memorized talk doesn’t sound natural and the examiner will easily recognize it. Instead, prepare for familiar topic but point wise. Topics in this section would be similar. Create your own strategy.
  • Nobody likes to talk to Woodstock. Although your English is good enough for Band 9, you will hurt your score by being passive in the conversation. Show some interest in the conversation and be willing to talk. Practice positive body language. Positive posture will automatically improve your voice. Do not give one word answers with yes or no. Elaborate your answer with details, examples, etc.
  • Always speak directly to the examiner, not to the recording equipment. Many students become conscience and start concentrating on their part of the conversation. This makes them attentive towards the recording equipment. In this scenario examiner may feel neglected.
  • If you find it difficult to elaborate your answer or explain it in detail, then you can add examples. State your point and then explain it with example. Thus not only your answer is elaborated but also you do not have to take mental effort in explaining your opinion.

There are many more tips that can help you to increase your band score. Tune in every Wednesday to know more

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Format of speaking section in IELTS

Main reason people fail to perform in speaking section of IELTS or TOEFL is not that they don’t know English; it’s just that they overburden themselves with fear of failure. What you need to do to excel in these parts is understand format of the test, prepare in advance for it and back yourself to perform well. Today we will take a look at speaking section format of IELTS.

 

The purpose of the IELTS Speaking Module is to establish your ability to speak on a number of topics.

The Speaking Module always has the same format:

The test is 11-14 minutes long and involves you speaking to a native English speaker who is trained to assess your spoken English against IELTS criteria. The test is also recorded. There are three stages to the test:

Phase One
Phase One of the speaking test is around 4-5 minutes. It confirms to conversation that might take when two people meet for the first time – you will be asked to talk about your personal situation (family, job, university study, etc.) and other familiar topics.

Phase Two     
Phase Two of the speaking test requires you to do a presentation on a general topic. The examiner interviewing you will give you a card with a topic on it and you must talk for between one and two minutes. Again, the topics are very general and related to your personal experience. A topic might involve you talking about a teacher who influenced you as a child, or talking about the reading habits of people in your country. Again, you do not need specialist knowledge to talk about the topics you are given.

The examiner will give you a pencil and a piece of paper and allow you one minute to write notes in preparation for your presentation.

Phase Three  
Part Three of the speaking test requires you to take part in a discussion with your examiner. The topics you discuss will be more sophisticated than in the previous parts of the test and you will need to give opinions, speculate on possible events, consider trends as well as possibly suggest how to solve a problem.

Part Three of the speaking test is the most important part because it is in this part of the test the examiner establishes your final speaking score.

Assessment    

The examiner interviewing you during the IELTS Test is trained to assess your spoken English against IELTS criteria. You need not be a fluent speaker of English to get a reasonable IELTS speaking score. The examiner assess basically on your vocabulary and grammar in a way that is clear and understandable.

Keep looking for this space every Wednesday for more IELTS tips.

Difference between All together and altogether

All together

All together is a phrase applied to people or things that are being treated as a whole.

  1. We always had fun when we were all together.
  2. It’s time to sing. All together now!
  3. The last time we were all together was in 1999
  4. Put the bills all together on the desk

To double check this usage, try separating the two words:

  1. We all had fun when were together.
  2. It’s time for all of us to sing together now!
  3. The last time all of us were together was in 1999
  4. Put all the bills together on the desk

Altogether

It is used to indicate something that encompasses everything or everyone.

Adverb and how it’s used?

  1. Wholly, entirely, completely

I’ve learned this altogether unpleasant lesson myself.

  1. With all or everything included

The bill amounted to altogether two thousand rupees.

  1. With everything considered; on the whole

Aaron seemed to be a little wary of the bison, which wasn’t altogether a bad thing.

 

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Would you advise me on giving advice?

Would you advise me on giving advice? This is another major confusing set of words. Let’s look at them.

Advise

Origin of this word can be traced back to Old French word aviser. Also ad- (towards) + viso (look). Advise is used as verb where as advice is it’s noun form.

Verb and how it’s used?

  1. give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following

If only Mom were here to advise her.

  1. recommend as desirable, wise, prudent

He’ll advise you and help you in ways I can’t.

  1. give (a person, group) information or notice

It was stupid to eat something from the woods without having someone to advise her.

Advice

It has same origin as ‘advise’. It’s a noun form of ‘advise’.

Noun and how it’s used?

  1. an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct

I can’t protect you if you disregard my advice like a child.

  1. a communication, especially from a distance, containing information

Fred was referring to a coffee class of elderly town patriarchs whose words and advice on just about anything was often quoted in the local paper.

  1. an official notification, especially one pertaining to a business agreement

Advice leaflets are available which you can download in pdf format.

 

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Ace your interview preparation (Part 1 of 3)

We have observed many times, eligible candidates fail an interview not on technical ground but on overall presentation. Everyone is nervous before an interview. To overcome it you need to practice a lot… In one of the interviews Shah Rukh Khan (Bollywood Actor, as if you did not know?) told viewers that there is only secret to success and that is practice. If you have done it 500 times, do it 501st time. So lets take a look at how to prepare for the big interview.

 

Research the company’s profile and background. Start by looking into their future goals and plans. Conducting the interview with this in mind will make you seem like a good long-term investment. You should also be ready to talk in depth about the industry, the organization, and the position you are applying for.

  • Learn your interviewer’s name and job position before going to the interview. You may need to call the company to find out.
  • Talk to current employees. Show initiative while getting a feel for the office environment. Learn as much as you can about the company from people who work there.
  • Know as much about the company as possible. You can’t change your employment history or your qualifications, but you can work harder than every other applicant by being supremely knowledgeable about the company. Use the company’s website, their annual report, and newspaper/business magazine articles to gather as much information as possible.

Keep looking this space on every Friday for more interview related posts. We will be happy to receive your responses.

Adapt, adept and adopt

Adapt, adept and adopt seem to confuse many people. Let’s look at those individually to eliminate any confusion.

Adapt

This word comes from Latin adaptāre (to fit to) i.e. ad (to) + aptare (to make fit); or from French word adapter

Verb and how it is used?

  1. Make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly

By the end of the second day, she had adapted to the guests and felt completely at ease – a state that Claudette apparently wanted to shatter.

  1. to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc

He needed to adapt his strategies when dealing with her.

Adopt

This word comes from French adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad (to) + optare (choose, desire).

Verb and how it is used?

  1. to choose or take as one’s own; make one’s own by selection or assent

We can adopt children.

  1. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one’s own child, by a formal legal act

After we get married, I will adopt Simon legally.

  1. to vote to accept

The committee adopt the new suggestion about investing into retail market.

Adept

This word comes from French adepte, from Latin adeptus (who has achieved)

Adjective and how it is used?

  1. very skilled; proficient; expert

While Fred, and to a lesser extent Cynthia, had solved crossword in the newspaper, neither were particularly adept at it.

Noun and how it is used?

  1. a skilled or proficient person; expert

With each brushstroke she became an adept artist

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Need of a resume

Need of a resume

Main purpose of resume is to win an interview. If you get an opportunity for an interview, it works. If it doesn’t, it isn’t an effective resume – forget all efforts you might have put in.

A resume is your advertisement, nothing more and nothing less. Your resume is a great advertisement if it tells prospective employer: “If you hire me, you will get these specific skills and experience sets.” It presents you in the best line. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this position. Your resume is successful only when it is pleasing to the eye that the reader is enticed to pick it up, read it and then call you for an interview.

Also, a resume is required to pass the employer’s screening process (requisite educational level, number years’ experience, etc.), to give basic facts such as companies worked for and contact information. An up-to-date address and a telephone number which will always be answered during business hours.

Resume is also used to establish you as a professional person with high standards and excellent writing skills, based on the fact that the resume is so well done (clear, well-organized, well-written, of the highest professional grades of printing and paper). For persons in the art, advertising, marketing, or writing professions, the resume can serve as a sample of their skills.

One of the most important purposes of resume is to provide professional references, background information and “informational interviews”, a concrete creative way to cultivate the support for your case.

Recently while working for new collaboration, I realised one more reason to have resume. It can be used as a covering piece or addendum to another form of job application, as part of a grant or contract proposal.

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Do you live by principle or principal?

Do you always get confused between ‘principal’ and ‘principle’ while drafting? Here are some guidelines.

Principle

This word comes from Old French Principe, from Latin principium

Noun and how it’s used?

  1. An accepted or professed rule of action or conduct

The principle of equality of nations that inhabit our country is strictly adhered by.

  1. a fundamental assumption

We need some sort of principles to reason from.

  1. a fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion

There are principles of natural justice.

  1. a personal or specific basis of conduct or management

I don’t doubt your principles.

  1. A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics implies that vacuum fluctuations are present in every quantum theory.

Principal

This word is derived from Latin prīncipālis which is equivalent to prīncip (prince) + -ālis (kind of)

Adjective and how it’s used?

  1. first or highest in rank,importance,value;chief;foremost

After all she went through; her principal worry was that you were going to beat her with your hairbrush.

  1. Constituting capital

A principal investment

Noun and how it’s used?

  1. A chief or head especially of school or college

We met with the principal who looked it all over.

  1. (Law) One who directs another to act on one′s behalf

When an attorney represents a client, the client is the principal who permits the attorney, the client′s agent, to act on the client′s behalf.

  1. (Law) Primary participant in a crime

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