Have you ever looked at your resume with an eye to delete unwanted words and sentences? If not, you will learn about words to strike in your resume.

resume tips

Resume Tips

Always following rules applies to resume

  • Rule #1  – Resume is an evolving document.
  • Rule #2 – Rule #1 still applies.

Unwanted Words in Resume

  • Experienced, Seasoned, Well-Versed – You can be “experienced” in something after you’ve done it once—or every day for the past 10 years
  • Team Player – Using a specific example, you show what you can actually accomplish
  • Dynamic – When it comes to resumes, keep the content quantifiable, show tangible results and successes
  • References Available Upon Request – If a company wants to hire you, they will ask you for references

Now, you have taken care of above words, next look at how long is your resume.

If your resume is longer than 2 pages, then you have to look at striking not just words, but pages worth of content. Majority of resume I come across from Indian students are several pages.

Client Description

Here is a neat simple tip to reduce your resume page length.

Remove the project description, client details from your work experience. Nobody cares about your client and project description. Instead replace them with what your accomplishment.

While applying for internship or jobs in USA , please don’t use the same resume from India.

Personal Details

Hiring manager is not interested in City of Birth, Passport number, our parents name. You know what I’m talking about.

Delete the entire personal details section that is common in last part of the resume. It typically includes following details

  • Passport number, expiry date
  • Parents name
  • Date of Birth

If you happen to apply to a job in USA with that resume, you are giving them yet another reason not to consider your application for the job.

All you have to include in your resume is Name, Address, Phone Number and Email Id.

I have seen several resumes without address. They assume, they employer will not hire them if they see out-of-state address. It is just yet another ridiculous reasoning, assumed by job applicant.

Your Resume

Do you need any help with your resume. Post the, sentences below. I will comment on them


  1. arun on January 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    thnks buddy it was a gud post plz keep posting this type of information so there by helping hundred’s of MS aspirants thnks once again

  2. Poonam on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Thanks for the amazing tips. One question..do you need to provide work authorisation in the resume? Also, could you provide similar inputs on a good cover letter.

    • HSB on December 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      Don’t include anything about visa status in the resume.

  3. nikita roy on December 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    i will be applying for a PhD program in a US university.should i mention the “references”?
    Thank u

    • HSB on December 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      You are sending LOR right? Then why do you need to list references?

  4. Daniel Chatham on December 8, 2011 at 4:00 AM

    If you are applying for a job in the US, eliminate the picture too. If you are applying to graduate school it is ok to leave the picture since it is compared to the one on your TOEFL score reports.

    Fresh graduates should have a one pager, mid career professionals (5-7 years) can get away with two, applicants to PhD programs can have many pages on a “CV” – but that is not a resume.

    • vignesh on December 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM

      What exactly is the difference between CV and resume. While applying for my graduate studies should i need to mention the former or latter? Thanks in advance for the reply.

  5. Rajat on December 7, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Thanks a lot for the pointers. I am about to apply for my grad admissions and found this last minute check rather helpful.

  6. Subrahmanya 'sai' kiran kante on December 7, 2011 at 10:31 PM


    could you please comment on my resume.. http://www-scf.usc.edu/~kante/Resume.pdf

  7. srinivas gumdelli on December 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Hello HSB,

    I have my resume but I will be happy to have as many people as possible to look at it and give suggestions

    • Pouda on December 8, 2011 at 3:40 AM

      Dear Srinivas,
      I will be happy if I can help you to review your resume and suggest good points. If you `d like you can email to me:
      [email protected]

  8. hi on December 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    One of the nice post from HSB!

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