06 August 2011

Resume Building

I would like to provide few tips which I am sure will help all the freshers to crack the selection process. Please forward it to all your friends who are looking for a job.
1) Resume preparation – Prepare your resume in such a way that it gives a + opinion about you to the recruiter. Being a project manager, They rejected several resume just by looking it without interviewing them.
2) Please use a “professional email ids(Unlike lovexxxx, rockxxx, kingxxx) to send your resume”.They  rejected several profiles (Without even going through them) just because of the email ids.

3) Use proper covering letter/body text. I noticed several resumes without any body or with the texts like pls do the needful, pls call me if I get selected. I am sure recruiters will not like these types of covering letters and your resumes will be sent to Trash directly.
4) Please don’t forget to attach your resume – you might think that you are not a defaulter. Out of 10 resumes which they receive, At least 2 or 3 emails will be without attachments/resumes.
5) If you are sending resume to more than one recruiter, Please don’t copy all the IDs in CC. You might think whats wrong with it. But it is wrong only. I can say it is personally to do with the ego of the person who is screening your resumes. If you are sending your profile to peers/competitors like TCS/Infosys/CTS at the same time it might result in not getting the call letter from all 3. Please include your name in CC and copy all the email ids in BCC. Or if possible send resume to all the email ids separately(I know it is a tough task. But is the best way I would say).
6) Please do not apply if you know that you are not eligible for that requirement. Several times, it is possible that you will get a call letter(from a company which you know that you are not eligible to apply but you applied) because of the carelessness view of the resumes of the recruiters. However you will get caught while joining/background verification.
7) Now you are all done with applying for the requirements and get a call letter. Please do the homework properly before applying for the written test. Make sure you go through the important topics in R.S.Agarwals book, going through the old question papers of that company from ******** web site without fail.
8) Please apply your intelligence/knowledge in written test. Make a calculation about how much time you need to spend for every qn(BY dividing total number of qns with time provided). Again, It happened for one of my friend – He was a class topper in my class and his dream company is Infosys. During the written test, He spent almost 30 mins for a puzzle and didn’t get time to work on the other puzzles. Please do not do the same mistake again. Make sure that you are not spending “too” much time for a question.
9) Assume that you are not selected in the written test, Please don’t give your hope. It is not the only IT company in India and you have 1000+ options. Personally(Being a school/College topper, I appeared for 70+ written tests./interviews before getting into my dream company) I know how hard it is and you have to live with it.
10) Finally about Interview. Most critical part of the selection process. Top 5 tips I would like to give.
a) Please do your groundwork. Make sure you have best answers for the know questions like tell about your self, ur strengths, weeknesses, biggest achievement in your life, why u want to join in xxx company, expected salary, what will u do if u get a better offer than this, dream company, how long u will be with our company, where do u want to see urself down the line 5 years, biggest hurdle in ur life and how u successfully come across that, will u be interested if we put u in Pakistan/someplace where no one likes to go.
b) Please go through the basics of OOPS, Data Structures, C, Operating System, Software Engineering(Especially SDLC models), Networking basics, DBMS(For CSE/IT students). For other majors, Please go through basics of C and area of interested you mentioned in your resume.
If you fail to answer ONE basic question, possibility of u getting rejected would be high. It happened several times in my case where I failed to answer a very basic qn but answered well for remaining 20/30+ qns. But I was rejected in the Interview.
c) Please try to have someone as your career guider who can assist you if you are not sure about what answer you have to give for a qn. They might be your college senior/friend/relative.

d) Please talk to the point and don’t give too much of examples. Everyone in the world loves the people who talks to the point. Loose talk might result in unexpected qns from interviewers.
e) Give your best and don’t worry about the results. Keep in mind that there are 1000+ IT companies in India and if you are rejected in an interview that is not the end of road for you. You still have 999 options with you.
f) Objective should be change according t company.And objective should be so specific.
g)Use always Positive terminology.
  • Resume length depend on your skills.
  • Tile size is of 14, If it is bold then use 12.
  • Content size should be 12.
  • The font should be Roman.


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