Writing the perfect resume! - In detail!

The different parts of the resume:

Here we have given a part-by-part break up of the complete resume. 

Part 1: Personal Details

Write your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

Part 2: The Objective

This is an important part of your resume….

Here you state what you would like to achieve out of working in the particular organization. Like, you may want to really learn how to be a good salesman and master the art of door-to-door selling. If you state this in your objective, it is conveyed to the employer that if he/she heirs you, he/she will get a master door-to-door salesperson or at least someone who is working to be a master salesperson. This tells them that hiring you might really help to increase sales.

You have state the objective in terms of what you would like to do for the organization once you are appointed. It should be clear and straight to the point. The objective should just be two or three lines.

Here is a sample objective:
Sales position in an organization seeking an extraordinary record of generating new accounts, exceeding sales targets and ensure close relationship with the customers.

What is the point of writing an objective?

If you don’t have an objective on your resume, you will just have a general resume. Your resume will not be targeted. Your resume will just talk about you and all your “great” accomplishments.

A resume without an objective will not be able to convey to the employer what you will be able to do for the employer. Such a resume, since it is not “targeted” to meeting the employers needs will not produce results.

Employers generally do not like to hire people who are working just for money. Employers like to hire people who are charged and motivated. Employers like people who have aims and want to accomplish or learn something.

If you don’t talk about your objective, you look like as if you want a job just for the sake of money. You will look like the kind of person who will not really work hard for the organization and give their fullest participation. So, it is very important that you have a “Objective” on your resume.

Also make sure you do not put in an objective just because it sounds good. You must understand your objective. You will probably be asked about your objective when you go for the interview if your resume gets selected.

Part 3: Educational Qualifications

Education qualification should be in a descending order i.e. on the top you would have your recent qualification.

Many and almost all of us have studied class I, V, VI etc ... so we don’t need to mention these classes but we start with the first board exam we had given or Class 10th results.

If you stood up with good marks, mention them along with the name of the school and the year you passed. If you had average score and you do not wish to include the same, leave it out (But remember the percentage you scored, the interviewer may ask you!).

Then your Class 12th marks, your graduation, post graduation, and any other qualification you have achieved.

Use bullets to mark your qualification, but remember not to use very stylish and fancy bullets, they might create a negative impact on the person reading your resume.

Part 4: Experience

Now, it’s turn for the experience you have. If you don’t have any work experience, don’t worry, companies do hunt for freshers!

If you have any, remember to write them in descending order (the most recent place you have worked first and so on…) just like your qualification.

When mentioning your work experience, make sure you mention:

  • The name of the company you worked for.
  • Time OR duration you worked there.
  • The designation you were appointed for.

Part 5: Achievements

As stated earlier, using a table to state your achievements is a good idea.

What does the achievements section include?

If you played any sport at state, national or international level, any competitions you took part in and won etc. then they will all come here.

Try to mention those achievements that the employer would care about right on top. Like, if you are applying for a marketing post then it would be a good idea to mention that you won a marketing competition.

A long list of unrelated achievements would be of little value.

Not all achievements have to be big, but they have to show that you got results as you carried out your responsibilities. Many of your routine activities can be quantified and written as achievements that demonstrate your experience and knowledge. They can be proof of how you’ve HELPED the company! They should show the employer how he will be able to fulfill the needs of his organization by hiring you.

Here are some things to consider when naming achievements. (Quantify whenever possible.) For instance, did you:

  • Save the company money? How much and how?
  • Help improve sales? By how much?
  • Improve productivity and efficiency?
  • Implement any new systems or processes?
  • Help launch any new products or services?
  • Achieve more with (same or fewer) resources?
  • Resolve a major problem with little investment?
  • Participate in any technical/operational improvements?
  • Exceed accepted standards for quality or quantity?
  • Identify the need for a program or service?
  • Prepare any original reports, studies or documents?
  • Serve on any committees? What was the outcome?
  • Get elected to any boards, teams or task forces?
  • Resolve customer problems?
  • Get rated as outstanding in performance reviews?

Part 6: Concluding section

Strength and Hobbies:
Mention your strengths and hobbies here. When talking about your strengths, again it would be good if you can show the employer how your strengths would benefit his/her organization. If the strengths are related to the job you are applying for they will have a better effect.

Finally mention:

  • Your date of birth
  • Father’s name
  • Your name
  • E-mail id
  • Telephone number

You could also take the help of pre-defined templates in or use the Resume wizard in MS-Word or Open Office software’s to make your resume. Once you build your resume you can format your resume using the appropriate font and font size.

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to write a resume? - Basics
  2. Do's & Dont's of writing a resume
  3. Writing the perfect resume (In detail!)
  4. Checklist for the perfect resume...
  5. After writing the resume