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CV tips: Dos and don’ts for freshers

Little things like updating your CV and applying for jobs that meets your requirements will fetch you better results, writes T Muralidharan, Managing Director, TMI e2E Academy.

Life for any fresher is challenging.

And for those freshers who missed the ‘campus placement’ bus, life could seem quite bleak. In this article, we talk about the time-tested rules that help freshers hunting for jobs online.

The internet has become a one-stop-shop for all information. So freshers must upload their resumes in cyberspace and adopt an online job search strategy.

You may visit multiple job boards (NaukriMonster and TimesJobs) with dedicated pages for freshers or websites of special interest to freshers (freshersworldwalkinjobstoday).

You must also have a proper e-mail ID so that you can send soft copies of your resume via e-mail to companies. Sometimes companies – especially in the IT industry — have their own format for filling information on their websites.

They ask for the same information in your resume (contact details, school and college, extra-curricular activities, etc). There is also the option of uploading your profile on a professional website like LinkedIn.

But locating online job postings is merely one part of the story. The real trick is in putting your best foot forward and understanding what to avoid in cyberspace.

Upload your resume on multiple job boards

  • Do make job-hunting on the Internet an integral part of your job-search strategy.
  • Do utilise all the job-hunting tools the Interet offers beyond job sites.
  • Do pay close attention to each employer’s or recruiter’s instructions for submitting your resume in response to a job posting — whether the resume is to be e-mailed as an attachment, what type of resume is required etc.
  • Do upload your resume on multiple job boards.
  • Do upload your resume on niche job boards specialising in fresher recruitment.
  • Do sign up for JobAlerts, so you don’t miss out on upcoming opportunities.
  • Do update your resume every time there is a new skill added.
  • Do keep a text only copy of your resume in text format as many job sites and employer’s websites ask you to upload your resume in text format apart from the word document format. Besides, copying and pasting your content from word document leads to alignment problems and wastes precious time.

Things you must AVOID

  • Don’t outsource your resume writing to anybody (expert or otherwise).
  • Don’t copy anybody else’s resume. It could land you in trouble later.
  • Don’t ever lie on your resume. It will come back to haunt you.
  • Don’t make spelling mistakes and other silly errors in your resume.
  • Don’t write mundane sentences like ‘I am a very hardworking person’ etc.
  • Don’t forget to showcase the same profile and experience in your resume on job sites, and on your social networking sites like Facebook.
  • Don’t apply for jobs when you do not meet the eligibility criteria. It only wastes your time and the employers’ tracking system doesn’t shortlist your resume.

Posted in Careers & Employability.

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