Over the past four years after graduating as an electrical engineer, I’ve had many opportunities of being on the either side of the table – in interview room. After interviewing both entry level candidates & experienced professionals, I’ve pointed out a common stupid trend.
People don’t know what’s written in their résumé!
First of all, let’s get the basics done. Résumé is pronounced as “Rey-zoo-mey” or “Rey-zoo-may”. Its not your regular ‘resume’, you know. Secondly, its VERY important that you understand and are aware of what’s written in your resume – for a simple reason that you’ve written your resume.
Writing Objectives: Do not copy objectives from someone else’s resume. Write something that you understand. Don’t use words from your GRE wordlists, because chances are that the interviewer him/herself may not know the meaning. Keep it plain & simple.
Other details: I’ll summarize my advice for the rest of your resume in three words: Keep it simple! If you write “C / C++” in front of “Programming Languages”, then make sure you know how to program using those languages.
Hobbies/Interests/Languages: Any interviewer is least interseted in knowing whether you stood 3rd in some unknown competition in your school/college. If you mention ‘Music’, ‘Reading’ and other regular stuff, be prepared to handle a shrewd interviewer like Mr. Big K. If you have been a bozo all your life without having any hobbies or extra-curricular activities, skip this section. Don’t just write stuff for the heck of it.
In the end, take a moment to go through the final version of your resume. It helps. Your document editing skills aren’t very good anyway. I bet you’ll find a mistake or two, a typo or two in the final printed copy of your resume. Fix it before you submit it. Okay?
Let me know if you have specific questions. I’ll be more than happy (I guess so) to answer them.
–The Big K–