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How to write a good resume

entertainment Updated: Sep 01, 2010 01:34 IST

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Remember the basics: The resume is a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light; it’s not just about past jobs! It’s about YOU - how you performed and what you accomplished in past jobs. A good resume predicts how you might perform in that desired future job.

First step: Decide on a job target that can be stated in about five or six words. Anything beyond that is “fluff” and indicates a lack of clarity and direction.

PAR karo: Fill your resume with “PAR” statements. PAR stands for Problem-Action-Results; in other words, first you state the problem that may come up in your workplace, then you describe what you can do about it, and finally, you point out the beneficial results.

No random stuff: Don’t include a hobby on a resume unless the activity is somehow relevant to your job objective, or clearly reveals a characteristic that supports your job objective.

Leave no blanks: Say what you were doing, as gracefully as possible, rather than leave a gap. If you were doing anything valuable (even if unpaid) during those occupational “gaps”, insert that into the work-history section of your resume.