A Resume is also Known as curriculum vitae or CV. It plays an important role when one applies for a job. It must be drafted in an articulated manner in order to crack the various interviews. A well-maintained Resume is very important for making a strong first impression over the recruiter. There are high chances that your job application will get rejected or you will not get a job which you are seeking if your resume is not well maintained.
Therefore, It is very important to give the required time while drafting a resume. It becomes very confusing when one has no idea what to put in the resume while applying for a job.
Guidelines for Resume
Length of Resume – Resume should be concise and it should not exceed more than two pages. But, it’s preferred to have a one-page resume. An entry-level candidate’s resume should not exceed more than one page and if someone is applying for a job after having a significant amount of work experience then it should not exceed more than two pages.
Size and Font – one should strictly avoid using fancy and artistic font style which can be tacky and difficult to read for the recruiter. The best fonts style are Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial or any such other fonts which are similar to the already mentioned font styles.
Font Size should not be more than 12 and less than 10 in a Resume. However, The name and other important details should be prominent in the cv. Students can use a font style that is bigger than the normal texts and make it bold.
Page Margins – The format of the standard margin that should be used in the pages of the Microsoft word is 1” margin on all the four sides of the page i.e. right, left, bottom as well as top sides of the page. However, if one wants to reduce the length of the resume by tightening the margins, one can reduce the margin of the pages from 1” to ½” on two sides of the page i.e. bottom as well as the top side of the page.
Layout – When you are finished with writing the contents of the Resume, the next step is to make sure that all the sections are uniform, alignments are right. For example- If you are using heading in bold, then you should use all the heading in bold. Similarly, you should follow a uniform font style.
The information which should be avoided – Students should avoid giving any personal information such as height, weight, marital status. However, if the company specifically asks for such details then you have to mention your personal information in your resume.
The information which should be included in the resume
- Identification – Students should give his/her name, address, mail ID at the top of the resume in the identification section. They need not give personal details and only personal basic information should be mentioned in the resume.
- Profile– This section is optional. The profile is inclusive of the summary of experiences, skills, and goals. All of these should be written in a specific manner according to the job post.
- Education – This section includes all the degrees, school and university which students have attended so far. It should also indicate the performance of students in the mentioned educational institutions. It should be in chronological order. The last degree obtained should be obtained first.
- Experience – It is an important section of the resume. The relevant experience should be mentioned in reverse chronological order(Mention the latest work experience first). It should list down all the necessary skills you applied and learned while gaining the experience.
- Moot Court Competitions – Moot gives necessary experience with regard to drafting, research, and pleading. It will give an upper edge among all the students who are applying for the same position.
- Publications– In this section, a law student is expected to jot down all the research papers, which he got published in his name. The more research papers in the resume, the more experience in research are being shown. And Researching skills is another important aspect at which firms are targeting at.
- HOBBIES AND INTEREST– One can also include hobbies and interest which are in relation to the job for which he/she is applying.
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