Reverse engineering Resume


I was helping one of my master students with his resume preparation and felt that I should write a blog on how job candidates should make their resume appealing from an employer’s perspective.

Before you start your resume you should put your imagination to work. You should think you are the recruiter and interviewing a candidate. What answer are you expecting from the candidate. As recruiter you will ask questions to the candidate as follows

Why are your skills right for this position?

Tell us more about your last job?

How are you going to add value?

What is your work ethic?

Tell us three adjectives that would describe your attitude?

What about your weaknesses?

Why should you matter to us?

Where do you want to eventually live and settle?

Where else are you looking and why do we stand out in your set of choices?

Are there any reasons why you would not take this job if it were offered?

I have written a book “Interview questions with answers” which have 80 more questions with answers so that all branches of engineering and MBA candidates can use it to prepare their Resume.

When you are reading the questions your mind also thinks of what answer you expect from a candidate.

Now let’s take one question from the above Why are your skills right for this position? “

Depending on job requirements you can have variety of answers for the above questions. 

Let’s assume the position is a Software engineer and expected skills are soft skills , Java, web and mobile technologies. …

One answer is : “My skills of java code will enable a process and quality improvement,  if implemented in a manufacturing firm production facilities”

 

If a Mechanical engineer has to answer the above question he/she can  consider this sample answer: “my deep understanding of engine technologies (let’s say hyrdolics )  made me to come up with new engine improvement ideas that would be helpful to the company and my knowledge of software coupled with Domain knowledge makes me productive right away “

Look at the answers I wrote. These answers enables you to understand whether your skills and subject knowledge is enough to meet the expectations of the recruiter. In your skills and abilities section of resume you can put exactly what kind of end results you can provide by using your java or whatever you learnt. . By clearly reverse engineering the end results of your training’s and skills you can put the same in your resume and your resume stands out from other candidates very well.

By answering other questions that matches your skills and abilities you can make a resume with end results in mind to clearly mention the benefits you can provide for a recruiter.

If you want more advice you can contact me.. Happy job hunting…

 

 

 

 

Some good Job related apps and websites


Those who are on the look out for jobs here are some good IOS/Andriod Apps.

1.  Job Talent  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jobandtalent.android&& 

2. Job Campus :  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.jobcompass.market

3.Jobr : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jobr-swipe-chat-discover-your/id870221491?ls=1&mt=8

4.Job Interview questions : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.divyu.HrInterviewQuestions.free

5. Visual Resume : http://re.vu/

6. Job Search Engine : http://www.linkup.com/

7. A Better Interview : http://www.abetterinterview.com/

8. Career attraction : http://www.careerattraction.com/

9. Career Bliss : http://www.careerbliss.com/

10. JOb Interview questions : http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_question_database/interview_questions_3.html

11. Tweet my jobs : http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/

 

Modern ways to prepare Resume


For those employees who are thinking of getting another job or final year students who are readying themselves for jobs it is time for having a resume ready.  Catching the attention of the potential recruiter is very hard with millions of me too like resumes that reach their desk’s.

Hiring trends have changed a lot with explosive growth of technology and social websites. Resumes are now scanned by software to align potential job candidates to the position offered by the companies. Social websites like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming a platform for hiring prospective employees too. While many students have the luxury of campus recruitment everyone is not lucky enough to get the job they are dreaming of. Even those who join a company thru campus are finding hard to adjust to the jobs they are hired thru campus.

Your resume and cover letter play a vital role in catching the attention of the prospective employer. In order to catch the attention of the prospective employees many have charted new paths in presenting their resumes. See how some people got jobs by becoming creative in presenting their worthiness to prospective employers here.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/creative-social-mediafacebook-twitter-linkedin-resume-tips/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/facebook-and-qr-codes/

https://pathbrite.com/  helps students and fresh employees to visually show their accomplishments historically

There are oodles of resume guiding websites online.  Here are some cool websites that will help you to develop your unique resume.

http://www.resumeedge.com/resume-writing/resumes/

Resume builder by livecareer.com. You can start with your already built resume or use their tools to build a fresh one. Check more here http://www.livecareer.com/lp/lcarsmsm31.aspx

Linkedin. Many students don’t know the power of social websites. These are platforms for networking, getting jobs and also learning what the industry is looking in students as potential job candidates. One such wonderful website is Linkedin. Your profile in Linkedin is a resume itself. So what ever you write in your profile matters. Also Linkedin is the platform for joining professional groups to discuss subject matter, get tips about personality development, career advice and job listing. They also have a resume builder tool. Try this here http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Rezumme : Once you post your resume here , out of kindness and helping nature people will check your resume and help in shaping it properly.people  read your resumes and add notes and advice with comments. A numbered scoring tool also allows resume pros to rate you on your Resume sections, formatting, language and potential to be hired.  It is like Facebook comments and likes.  Nice and 100 percent free for job seekers. http://www.razume.com/

Cover letters: Cover letters are very important to let the prospective employee know for which job you are applying and what makes you fit for that job. If the letter is not written well in spite of having all the qualifications you need  you know you won’t be getting that interview call. Here are some cool websites to help you in writing covering letters.

http://content.monsterindia.com/resumecenter.html

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/citation/passive-voice

Facebook is another place to find cover letters samples. Use Facebook for your benefit. There are several job listings, companies, groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter and real jobs are posted on these websites. So spend time looking for the groups and jobs other than posting pictures, chatting and commenting on others photos. Good luck. For more advice leave a comment and I will answer your query.

Some more resume advice websites to look at http://www.gm4jh.com/

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Student-and-New-Grad-Center/Student-Top-Story/Resume-Extras.aspx

http://vizualize.me/

http://resume.github.com/

Some good websites for your daily use


Some unknown and good websites that help you in your daily life are listed below. check them out and see if you can use them

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/projectpraviin/index.html   “Project Praviin is an innovative program launched under the aegis of IBM Academic Initiative worldwide to partner with colleges and universities in India to better educate millions of students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. A professional IBM certification in open standards technologies can make the difference between getting hired and being left out, which is what this program offers.  ”

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/ur/programs.html ” Global Remote Mentoring is a unique program designed to provide a mechanism for students to learn real life technical problem solving, project delivery concepts and communication skills. This program simulates remote project management and delivery environment. Students work with their Faculty Mentor and consult with designated IBM Mentors (experts) on their project.”

North south foundation (NSF) The NSF Scholarship program in India is designed to encourage excellence among the poor children who excel academically but need help to attend college. Each scholarship is $250 per student per year. More Information is available at Indian Scholarships.  http://www.northsouth.org/public/main/home.aspx//

Want to learn code while playing games check this out here http://www.primerlabs.com/

http://www.midomi.com/ search for music by singing or humming here

want to know the latest in Civil engineering , Building standards and other information. check these websites https://ilbi.org/lbc/LBC%20Documents/lbc-2.1

http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=20

http://cascadiagbc.org/living-future/11/program/lf11sessiondescriptions/The%20Red%20List%20and%20Beyond

For mobile phone addicts here you can find lot’s of gadget details http://www.slashgear.com/panasonic-eluga-smartphone-for-europe-official-20214349/   and http://www.theverge.com/ and more about gadgets here http://www.engadget.com/topics/cellphones

Make your own light bulbs using bamboo etc  http://inhabitat.com/tag/victor-vetterlein/

http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/myna free tool to record your voice and edit your songs

http://www.wolframalpha.com/   get answers without search

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ download images, templates etc

http://www.screenr.com/  record the movies from your computer and add your voice if needed and upload the file to youtube or other services

http://www.followupthen.com/ easy way to setup email reminders

http://my.lovelycharts.com/ create flowcharts , sitemaps, network diagrams

http://www.pdfescape.com/ edit PDF file online

http://dabbleboard.com/draw Your whiteboard to draw anything

http://new.livestream.com/ broadcast marriage ceremonies, party’s , birthday’s events live so your friends and others can view them from far places

http://www.homestyler.com/ design your home in 3D. Civil engineers good for you.

https://join.me/ you can use this service for sharing your screen with others

http://www.onlineocr.net/ recognize characters from scanned pdf and images. other good services are google docs, http://finereader.abbyyonline.com/en/Account/Welcome captures text from capture images to word document and other formats

http://www.free-ocr.com/ same as above http://ocronline.com/ another free service

For checking grammer, spelling mistakes in your document use this one http://www.polishmywriting.com/

http://typewith.me/ friends can work together on the same document same time

http://everytimezone.com/ world time zones at one place

http://zoom.it/ view high resolution images

http://studio.stupeflix.com/ make videos and movies on your own

http://asktom.oracle.com/pls/asktom/f?p=100:1:0 for software code questions

http://www.fusioncharts.com/demos/business/ charts for business

http://lifehacker.com/ hacking tools

http://uplaya.com/ upload your song and share it with the world

http://community.topcoder.com/tc programming contests and free lancing opportunities

http://www.guru.com/index.aspx find work here

http://keepass.info/index.html too many passwords?  one master key password service

You can find more here https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/internet-resources-and-opportunities/