Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - INSIGHT -

I have been ap­ply­ing to com­pa­nies on­line with­out fully un­der­stand­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ce­dure. What should my on­line re­sume look like? What ought to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween tra­di­tional and new-age CVS?

—Smitha Sharma

Re­sumes ful­fil the need to put to­gether con­tact in­for­ma­tion, work his­tory with re­spon­si­bil­ity and achieve­ment, pro­fes­sional and ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and an in­di­vid­ual’s skillsets.

Many com­pa­nies no longer re­strict them­selves to hir­ing only lo­cal ap­pli­cants. Jobs, too, are now ex­tended to who­ever is in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing in a va­ri­ety of fields like en­gi­neer­ing, mar­ket­ing, cus­tomer ser­vice, ac­count­ing, and even sales. Peo­ple in dif­fer­ent cities and even coun­tries get an op­por­tu­nity to fill these. Ap­pli­cants have also tran­si­tioned from search­ing through news­pa­pers for lo­cal jobs to reg­is­ter­ing on­line. Thus, the new-age re­sume is not about ‘who I am’, but ‘this is what I can do’. In some cases, re­sumes do not even have con­tact in­for­ma­tion and many share such de­tails af­ter the first stage.

The new re­sume can be di­vided into two cat­e­gories: one that is sent in re­sponse to a par­tic­u­lar job, and the other that is put up on the web. Here are some tips: A key­word list­ing at the top (tags) that an em­ployer would search for when try­ing to fill a po­si­tion. These should be your ar­eas of ex­per­tise. You can have this sec­tion as a bul­let and call it skills Add rel­e­vant links! Em­ploy­ers should be able to see sam­ples of your work, per­haps a more de­tailed CV Avoid pro­vid­ing per­sonal or con­tact in­for­ma­tion other than an email ad­dress to be used for jobs. Add links that can be clicked for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion. Think of your new re­sume as a web page, and de­velop it like one. Do not use slang or jar­gon. Use sim­ple lan­guage and easy-to-un­der­stand words that you want the search en­gines to pick up Men­tion the lan­guages you speak, read and write Global em­ploy­ers may not be in­ter­ested in the names and lo­ca­tions of your pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers. They will be keen to know what you did for them

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