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Do’s and Dont’s of writing an awesome modern resume

Resume has always been part of our discussion, when it comes to hiring or getting hired. Be it your first job or third or may be the last big job change you are looking for, Resume plays the key role in overall process. In our last article about writing a resume, we had discussed about top 10 stupidity to avoid in a Resume or a CV. We got many emails and Facebook messages, where people told me to write about do’s and dont’s of writing a CV. So here I am, putting some lights on writing a modern resume.

In this era of competition, the way people write or present their resume has changed to a great extent. People are trying their best to impress the hiring authorities or employers. It has become really difficult to stand out of the crowd. Trust me, it becomes really tough when there are thousands of others who are applying for the same job. To stand out of the competition and to stay ahead of the crowd, you need to be the Best in resume writing.

Things you need to include in your resume (The DOs):

the dos of resume writing

  1. a) For HR Managers:
  2. Including proper contact information should be the first priority.
  3. Limit your resume to be short and crisp.
  4. Customize your resume specifically for the position you are applying for.
  5. Use of professional and easily readible fonts is a must.
  6. Give relevant work experience that your employer will be interested in
  7. b) For Sofrwares (Recruitment websites, HR Softwares) & Search Engines

It is very important to make your resume machine readable. HR managers or recruiters use search algorithms in their softwares or websites that looks searches your resume based on the keywords. It becomes very essential to make use of relevant keywords for the job you are applying for.

The Dos for Softwares:

  1. Use relevant keywords in your resume (e.g transcription techniques)
  2. Mention your industry (employers run for industries as well)
  3. Do not forget to mention your qualification correctly
  4. Mention your preferred work Location

Now I am going to talk about the things that you should not do in your resume.

 The Donts:

the donts of resume writing

  • Do not write more than 5 bullet points in any section (ideal is 3-4)
  • Do not make grammatical or typing mistakes
  • Do not mention high school details if you have a college degree
  • Avoid using controversial or funny email ids.
  • You must not use proprietary acronyms or jargon
  • Avoid using personal references in your resume

Some Key points or statistics:


  • 1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes per job listing.
  •  77% of HR managers are looking for relevant experience.
  • 48% of HR managers are looking for specific accomplishments.
  • HR managers look for keywords in resumes.
  • 56% look for the words problem solving.
  • 44% look for the word leadership.
  • 40% look for the words oral/written communication.


Employability Skills: Empowering Students to be job ready

Mr Adhikari Chief Mentor Viztar International Pvt LtdBy Mr. Sachin Adhikari, India’s first Transformational Training Designer & Chief Mentor of Achiever’s Zone                                                        

In India, an estimated five million graduates will be passing out in 2015, out of which only 34% of them would be employable as most of them lack necessary skills required for any role in the industry. With so many graduates now on the market and employers looking for candidates with developed domain specific and soft skills, training the students is the key to solving the crisis of employability. In a study by, one of the leading job portals in India, it was found that 71 percent of employers say they value emotional intelligence (EQ) over IQ.

 Gone are the days when just a university degree could guarantee a job in a reputed organization. Most young candidates have similar degrees and skill sets when they apply for a job, but only a few amongst them get chosen. How do companies make that choice? There’s a saying that knowing technical skills can help one to perform well in academia and even an interview, but it is the employability skills of the candidate that finally gets him the job. This is so because we have transitioned in a society where technical knowledge is important but soft skills which determine how effectively they can communicate, be a team player, gain the confidence to work in the corporate environment, be proactive in taking initiatives and much more. Here is where Transformational training can help to integrate technical knowledge and interpersonal and management skills which can prepare students to keep pace with the growing challenges of the corporate world.

Employers are aware that professional and technical skills alone cannot help achieve organizational goals and objectives as their resources will also be involved in different levels of leadership and decision-making activities. They will also need to communicate effectively within the organization, with their customers and other stakeholders and therefore, a person who is better equipped in such employability skills are more likely to be hired.

There is a constant debate about whether it is possible to imbibe employability/soft skills in a person through external training, especially when one considers the fact that a person has lived with those traits all his life. It is true that the basic personality traits of a person are difficult to change but we need to understand that effective training metaphors can help strengthen the latent traits that lie in every individual.

 In fact, training on soft skills/employability skills becomes all the more relevant in a country like India where the education system does not delve enough into personality development. Transformational training’ can help bridge this gap and prepare organizations to keep pace with the growing challenges of the corporate world. Such trainings have a 360 degree approach and aim at developing its students from within and equip them with employability skills.

Corporates need to have an open mindset where they are receptive to new ideas, suggestions and recommendations from the entrants who would like to contribute and share their inputs with the team. Additionally, what is also important is the student’s ability to familiarize with the corporate environment, learn the processes, understand people behavior and be a positive contributor.

 Some of the traits which organizations look for in students include interpersonal skills, communication skills, and behavioral traits such as attitude, motivation, time management, leadership skills and social grace. To be employable, students should participate in trainings which help build employability skills parallel with their formal education so that they are ready for their professional roles when they pass out.

Some of the highlights of an effective training module should incorporate:

Building Confidence: Students must be made aware of the difference between being confident and arrogant at their workplace and also have confidence in the company they work for. A good training should help students to overcome their fears/inhibitions and speak up before an audience effortlessly to facilitate better personal growth for them.

 Creativity: Training modules should include fun with learning as a free flow of ideas is essential in bringing out leadership traits in a person.

 Team Building: A good training is the one that helps students build positive working relationships and helps everyone achieve positive goals and business objectives. Thus they should be trained to be a good team player. An effective way to do this is by including an adventure experience which will involve students in group activities challenging them physically and mentally and teaching them the importance of working together as a team in order to succeed.

Contribute to the Society: A soft skills training can be considered successful if it can transform individuals to become leaders of tomorrow, successful in both their professional and social lives. It should aim to sensitize the youth on social issues prevalent in the society and encourage them to not only voice their opinion but contribute and make a difference in their own way.

 Achievers Zone organizes similar trainings during vacations to allow students to use their holidays effectively. Emerge is one such training being organized by the company during the coming summer vacation which will focus on the key areas that every student must work on.

Though it is more complex than it appears, by trying to incorporate these changes in their daily activities through training students can start developing their soft skills and be better equipped to face the challenges that their professional lives bring. One of the most important factors of soft skill development trainings is that they can help one be a better person, which reflects in all aspects of his life whether, professional, personal or social  and culminates into career growth and success.