Demystifying Common Resume Writing Confusions
It has been often observed that job seekers are confused to choose title between Resume and CV for their profiles. They are confused whether to write Objective Statement or not. Many write unnecessarily declaration statement at the bottom of their resume. Guys are also confused that what kind of questions they should ask interviewer when given a chance. There are many such queries hovering in the minds of job seekers. Therefore, this article will try to clarify most of such queries.
What is the difference between CV and Resume?
The key difference between a resume and curriculum vitae (CV) is the length. Curriculum Vita is longer than the average 1-2 page resume because it provides a greater range of information in a more structured way. A resume is a brief and concise summary of your skills, experience, and accomplishment. A curriculum vitae is a longer and more detailed synopsis.
A CV includes professional or research objective, a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds, teaching and research experience, publications, certifications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and any other detail supporting the objective and qualification.
CV is the most accepted form of job application all over the world. A curriculum vitae is used mainly when applying for academic, scientific or research positions. It is also applicable when applying for fellowships. While companies are more comfortable with resume, because, it is easier and faster to go through a single page resume.
Is it necessary to write Objective Statement in Resume?
Yes, career objective is considered to be a precise summary of your skills, ability, and interests in the relevant field, which leads you toward a career goal. It tells the employer that where you fit in his organization. Therefore, always write an objective statement.
Should I mention declaration statement at the end of Resume?
No declaration required at the end of the resume because you have to submit necessary documents as evidence at the time of joining in any organization.
What to do when realized that I am not fitting into the requirement of the employer?
If you feel that you are losing the game, or you are not fulfilling the immediate requirements of the employer. Try to convince interviewers that you are a quick learner and will learn the new tools/ technology as soon as possible.
How many references generally one required while submitting a resume?
Generally, three professional references are asked by most of the employer. As a fresher, you can write references of your Training Placement Officer, Head of Department, Professor, etc. If you have undergone some internship programs from any industry, it is good to add reference of your Supervisor/ Instructor/ mentor over there. It is always a good idea to use hybrid references i.e., references from different professionals. However, one must take prior permission from referees before putting their names in your professional references. Experienced professionals can put references of their past teammates, bosses, clients, etc.
Should I add my photograph to Resume?
No, a professional job seeker unless asked must not paste photograph in the resume. It is required in designing portfolio in some specific professions like modeling, air hostess/ flight steward etc. In fact, this practice varies with countries and cultures. In India, generally, photographs are not required in a resume.
Should I mention all the reference in my resume?
Professional references play an important role and many job seekers write references in their resume/ CVs. But, generally, references are required at the time of job confirmation, not at the time of job application. Therefore, keep references on a separate sheet and provide them only when they are specifically requested.
Should I always use a single resume for all types of jobs?
Don’t use a single resume for all jobs, every job requires different skills and experiences so customize it for every job. Even periodically updating a resume is mandatory for all the job seekers and professionals. Job portals give preferences to those candidates who update their resume on the timely basis.
If given a chance, which kind of queries should I ask HR?
It’s a last good chance for you to make one more good impression on interviewer but doesn't ask foolish questions for the sake of just asking something. Always have some logical or smart questions well prepared before appearing in the interview. Some sample positive questions are listed below:
- How soon will I get the project?
- What kind of training and learning can I expect from this company?
- What is the long-term vision of this company?
- What will be my main responsibilities [if responsibilities are not mentioned in advertised job description]
- What will be the way of promotion in this job?