I have reviewed and come across 100’s of resumes of students from India attending Graduate school in United states. Less than 5% of those resume are well crafted and conveys the intended message. Remaining 95% resumes are just plain and doesn’t create any impact at all.
After reviewing the resume, response from students looks like
- I know my resume is not good, can you make the changes you suggested for me?
- I spent lot of time preparing this resume and I can find a job with this resume
- Its hard to implement the changes you have suggested
- No response at all.
Common Problems in Resume
Some of the mistakes/problems common to those resume are
- It talks what then want from the employer
- Doesn’t say how they can contribute to the employer
- Talks about the projects/labs completed, not what they learned from the projects
If someone gave you a resume critique, how do you respond? Does it sound like one of the above 4 choices?
Remember that resume is an evolving document. You have to work on it atleast once in a week till you get it right. After you feel that you have the perfect resume, then you work on it again. There is nothing called perfect resume, only evolving resumes exist.