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Resume Writing For Freshers

By Akansha K Gupta

A resume is a document prepared by a job applicant that lists the applicant's academic and professional qualifications, relevant skill set and the character set that they believe would endear an employer to them. While they both serve the same purpose, a resume is basically different to a CV in that it is shorter and precise. In a CV you include more information for example papers and famous articles a professor may have written in his academic career. Here I will introduce you to resume writing.

Before giving you the layout lets first go over some important stuff to guide you:

1. Plan how you will write your resume by your career interests. This helps you in matching your resume to the specific job you want.

2. Write a readable resume with a good font, spacing, and size. Use a professional tone.

3. Use keywords. They are words like achieved, accomplished, initiated etc that will appeal to an employer just scanning your resume.

4. Use a template for a professional format.

5. Proof-read your resume to remove any errors.

A LAYOUT FOR A RESUME:

This is just a guide if you cannot access a template.

1. Name, address, website. It's recommended using a large font for this.

2. Experience. This is for previous employment and projects were undertaken.

3. Education. Just the highest level you have attained.

4. Coursework. Any related academic courses you have learned.

5. Qualifications. Include the skills set you to have.

6. Achievements. Any notable achievements either in academic circles or previous employment.

7. References. This is contact information for anyone willing to corroborate the information you have given.

While writing a resume for placement, many my feel quite inadequate in the experience, qualifications and the achievements section. However, such a resume is expected not to belong. Ideally, one page is enough. I will guide you on how to write one.

A Guide For A Resume For A Placement:

1. First, write your contact info.

2. In the experience, the section includes any job even menial that you think may give you an edge in your resume.

3. In education include your school, degree year and honors you've achieved so far.

4. For the coursework be broad and include all coursework you have done.

5. Write down your involvement in extracurricular activities in campus. these will help in the qualifications and achievements sections. Do not forget to include your achievements in these activities whether individually or a group.

6. In the references, you may want to include the contacts of professors who have overseen your coursework projects.

Writing a resume for a placement should not be fundamentally different. The format and tone should be similar to a normal resume. The information, however, should reflect that of one entering the job market. Hence be honest and modest in your achievements.

Akansha Gupta is a writer and blogger. She is eager to explore new things other than writing. In this article, she describes Resume Writing





Lack of Clarity in the Workplace

By Bisi MacGregor

There is vast number of articles, videos, studies, webinars, and coaches talking about getting "clear" - getting crystal clear about what you want or getting clear about "your why." Because, if you have any lack of clarity, then the goal you embark on is at risk of falling short or ultimately un-achievable.

The same is true for Clarity at the Workplace! When employees are unclear about roles, responsibilities, policies and procedures; they begin making up their own and very quickly gossip, insubordination follows resulting in tasks dropping through the cracks, hidden agendas flaring up, and comes mere confusion and eventually, drama.

If you are experiencing negativity or drama in the workplace, look at some of these areas to see if you are being clear.

Mission Statement - Are you aligned with your mission statement? If your walk as a leader or management does not align with the mission statement 'talk' - then, it's simply a crack left open for drama and confusion.

Are the employees' familiar with the company's mission statement? Is it clear and concise? Is the mission statement for the company too disconnected for your division or area? Do you need to create one applicable to your area yet a direct descendant of the larger mission of the company?

Policies - Are your policies simply 'paper' policies? i.e. Are you simply Checking the box to say you have policies in place? Are the policies being enforced? Are employees aware of the policies?

It is the responsibility of upper management to ensure that every employee is aware of the policies and is crystal clear about them.

Commitments - As a leader, management, and employee - how do you hold up on your commitments? Commitments to teams, tasks, and other employees? Unfulfilled or failed commitments simply breeds the ground for distrust, and personal agendas begin to fester.

This commitment also applies to upper management in the event of a "change" in the workplace - manage the expectations of the employees.

Clearly communicate timelines and progress along the way.

In the event that a commitment cannot be met, Communicate and Re-Negotiate!

Limited Resources - Get very clear and realistic about the resources needed with teams and projects. I've seen companies plan on downsizing which looks very good on paper however, causes burn out, frustration, disloyalty due to a surge in workload.

Be sure to do the due diligence before downsizing to determine the resources needed afterwards which might take the form of extra training, some mindfulness activities, some more team building events etc.

Bottom line, Clarity is essential to the success of a workplace and business and when in doubt ask the employees or leaders in your organization.

What have you found helpful to gain clarity at your workplace. Give us your feedback in the comments below.