How to Build an Impressive Resume

I have seen many students asking about the difference between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae. For some reason it creates a confusion and people keep on asking their difference. After reading this post, one will have a sound knowledge of the difference between them and how to make a good resume.

Firstly, I will try to highlight the difference between a Resume and a CV. Secondly, we will cover the Do’s and Don’ts of building an impressive RESUME.

Difference between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae

RESUME Curriculum Vitae
Audience A general audience of recruiters who hire for a variety of positions. Fellow academics in your field of study.
Goal To present a synopsis of the most relevant skills, job experience, and education. To write a more detailed description of education, publications, awards, affiliations and other academic accomplishments.
Length One or two pages only As long as necessary – No Page limit.
Purpose Non-Academic Typically for job interviews that are non-academic. Academic Typically for graduate school and academic positions including faculty openings, assistant ships, and internships; also grant, scholarship and fellowship applications.

Build an impressive Resume

One OR Two Page Resume: It is recommended that you keep your resume to one or two pages. You should not be writing an essay about your qualification, work experience, and achievements. Rather you should be precise while writing resume.

No Objectives in Resume: I think there is no need to mention your objective in your resume. The recruiter will know that because you have applied for a particular position. Also, it will limit you from applying for other positions that might have been interesting to you. Trust me, it will waste your space on resume.

Relevant Points Only: You should write only those points that are really important for a recruiter to read. If you are a computer network engineer, you should write about all the tools/Softwares/Devices/Technologies that are relevant to your field. For example, you should not mention Adobe Photoshop, Web Designing, Microsoft Paint, Notepad etc…

Formatting a Resume: You should make your Resume in a MS Word like software that can easily allow you to use columns and tables so as to align the data in your resume. For example, the company name, position, and the dates must be lined up and should not be squished or cluttered.

Recommendations:

  • It is recommended to create your Resume in Microsoft Word or as a PDF document.
  • Use same FONT throughout. I will recommend “Arial” or “Calibri”. You can also use different styles (bold/italic/CAPS) to attract the reader. Avoid underlining words in your Resume.
  • Font size should be set to 10 points or 11 points.
  • Use Short Bullets to allow the reader to read your resume easily.
  • Don’t decorate your Resume with different designs. As you are not a graphic designer so make it simple and clean.
  • Use white background and use white Letter sized (8.5” x 11”) paper to print your resume.
  • Don’t use Headers and Footers in your Resume.
  • Don’t mention “References upon Request.”
  • There is no need to put Images OR your photograph in Resume.
  • Keep your Resume updated.
I have uploaded some Network Engineer Resumes that might help a beginner in making a resume. Click Here to Download Sample Resume Besides, there are some online websites that provide facility to build a good resume automatically at no cost. You better google it.