3 Questions for writing best objective on resume

An objective states your professional goal. It is crisp, clear and relevant statement that gives insights into which type of organization you would like to work with? How would you contribute? What would you gain during the process? Answers to even couple of questions among three would be sufficient to write a descent objective. Let’s split these questions to understand how to arrive at your objective statement.

Which type of organization you would like to work with?

Answer to this question should be drafted in simple words stating exactly in which kind of company you would like to work. Ajinkya has recently completed his C.A. and searching an assignment a Finance company. He might write “Seeking an assignment with Financial Enterprise”

How you would contribute?

While thinking about answer to this question, think of the kind of work you may like. If you are outgoing person you may like to work in capacity where a lot of customer interaction happens. If you are a number-cruncher you would be better off in a role that requires desk work. Decide for yourself. If you could come up with at least department in which you would like to work with, that’s good. Also, if you could come up with position in which you would like to start that would be even better.

Ajinkya writes, “in Taxation Department as a Junior Consultant”

What would be the result of association?

Think of what you and your future employer might gain from the association. Don’t overestimate your capabilities by claiming to bring a huge turnaround. You are about to discover many things in life after you start working in real job. Be down to earth. For about a year, it’s you who is going to gain something. Also, be sure that you can back your claims.

Ajinkya has already worked as an intern with a small CA firm with very similar profile. He has handled few accounts where he offered comprehensive tax solutions. He was also introduced to tax litigation during this period. He may write, “where he can contribute to comprehensive tax solutions and tax related litigation; would enhance skills and knowledge for betterment of enterprise”

Let’s look at what we Ajinkya got,

Seeking an assignment with Financial Enterprise in Taxation Department as a Junior Consultant where he can contribute to comprehensive tax solutions and tax related litigation; would enhance skills and knowledge for betterment of enterprise

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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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Resume styles that will WIN you an interview

The real question is which style of resume will generate the most interviews? Following are the options you have…

Reverse Chronological Resume:

A reverse chronological resume is listing of your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current or most recent job, first. Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it’s easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. It always pays off to understand recruiter’s requirements and stick to norm.

Functional Resume:

A functional resume lists your skills and experience, rather than your chronological work history. It is used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.

Recruiters often bin functional resumes, as they need to know exactly what the candidate has done and where, to really be sure of candidate’s suitability to the job. There are also many employers who think that, by using functional resume an applicant wants to bury some of his details.

But there are exceptions. In cases where management is looking to hire for senior positions, they would be interested in functional resume. It can also be useful for those having practical work experience or those who are looking to move out of their domain.

Combination Resume:

A combination resume is best of both mentioned above. It lists your skills and experience first and then your employment history. This type of resume is used to highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.

Mini Resume:

With start-ups coming in and ever growing job speed dating mini resumes are becoming a new genre. A mini resume contains a brief summary of your career highlights qualifications. It is used for networking purposes or shared upon request from a prospective employer who wants an overview of your accomplishments.

Non-traditional Resume:

A web-based version of your resume may include photos, graphics, images, graphs and other visuals. This style is non-conformist and can be very useful for artists, architects, designers and scientists. Now a days it is not unusual to find this style adopted by many.