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Top 10 Technical Resume Writing Tips


Need help creating or updating your resume? It certainly can be complicated because your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers. Review these top resume tips for choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes. Trust me it really worked well for me during my placement sessions and in future, and so do it would help you out in achieving success.

Let’s take a look on some of important tips and tricks to write a good enough resume:-

  • List your technical knowledge first, in an organized way. Your technical strengths must stand out clearly at the beginning of your resume. Ultimately, your resume is going to be read by a thoughtful human being, but before it gets to that point it often has to be categorized by an administrative clerk, and make its way past various sorts of key word searches. Therefore, you should list as many directly relevant buzz words as you can which reflect your knowledge and experience. List all operating systems and UNIX flavors you know.
  • List all programming languages and platforms with which you’re experienced. List all software you are skilled with. Make it obvious at a glance where your strengths lie – whether the glance is from a hiring manager, a clerk, or a machine.
  • List your qualifications in order of relevance, from most to least. Only list your degree and educational qualifications first if they are truly relevant to the job for which you are applying. If you’ve already done what you want to do in a new job, by all means, list it first, even if it wasn’t your most recent job. Abandon any strict adherence to a chronological ordering of your experience.
  • Quantify your experience wherever possible. Cite numerical figures, such as monetary budgets/funds saved, time periods/efficiency improved, lines of code written/debugged, numbers of machines administered/fixed, etc. which demonstrate progress or accomplishments due directly to your work.
  • Begin sentences with action verbs. Portray yourself as someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets things done. Stick with the past tense, even for descriptions of currently held positions, to avoid confusion.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. This is by far the biggest mistake of all resumes, technical and otherwise. Your experiences are worthy for review by hiring managers. Treat your resume as an advertisement for you. Be sure to thoroughly “sell” yourself by highlighting all of your strengths. If you’ve got a valuable asset which doesn’t seem to fit into any existing components of your resume, list it anyway as its own resume segment.
  • Be concise. As a rule of thumb, resumes reflecting five years or less experience should fit on one page. More extensive experience can justify usage of a second page. Consider three pages (about 15 years or more experience) an absolute limit. Avoid lengthy descriptions of whole projects of which you were only a part. Consolidate action verbs where one task or responsibility encompasses other tasks and duties. Minimize usage of articles (the, an, a) and never use “I” or other pronouns to identify yourself.
  • Omit needless items. Leave all these things off your resume: social security number, marital status, health, citizenship, age, scholarships, irrelevant awards, irrelevant associations and memberships, irrelevant publications, irrelevant recreational activities, a second mailing address (“permanent address” is confusing and never used), references, reference of references (“available upon request”), travel history, previous pay rates, previous supervisor names, and components of your name which you really never use (i.e. middle names).
  • Have a trusted friend review your resume. Be sure to pick someone who is attentive to details, can effectively critique your writing, and will give an honest and objective opinion. Seriously consider their advice. Get a third and fourth opinion if you can.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. Be sure to catch all spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual punctuation, and inconsistent capitalizations. Proofread it numerous times over at least two days to allow a fresh eye to catch any hidden mistakes.
  • Laser print it on plain, white paper. Handwriting, typing, dot matrix printing, and even ink jet printing look pretty cheesy. Stick with laser prints. Don’t waste your money on special bond paper, matching envelopes, or any color deviances away from plain white. Your resume will be photocopied, faxed, and scanned numerous times, defeating any special paper efforts, assuming your original resume doesn’t first end up in the circular file.

My First Resume


As we grow up with body, mind and soul, we have to handle plenty of responsibilities in form of family, job or passion. We are expected to be matured enough to take right decisions at right time.

Now even since I’m growing up (Yup !! Getting almost 20 .. Not a Teen anymore :P) , so It’s time to start behaving like an adult, working more harder to get success and running for Internships or Jobs whenever you get it etc. etc. And for getting things started, you ought to know How To Write a Nice Resume for applying the above.

Well writing a Resume, sounds kinda easy task but it ain’t so easy. You’ve to think twice, thrice and even many times you can while writing a Resume for applying an Internship or a Job, as that piece of paper reflects you and your personality totally. You might BRAG big thing about you and your achievement among your friends in Facebook or Twitter. But not in case of writing a Resume. You’ve to be true with yourself and even with those who would be reading your Resume. If anything FAKE they suspect, they would catch up from you easily.

Hmm… Certain tips and thoughts were used to be given in my English Classes in School, while writing a Resume for joining any firm. I’ve practiced a lot those days in it. However, Writing Resumes for someone has kinda different experience in writing so for your own Job. You know about yourself more than anyone else. You know your level of knowledge, skills, potential. You can write but still, you get confused on what to write and what not to write in Resume. Neither you can’t write too much unnecessarily, nor too less and BORING. And, Not even write any FAKE BULLSHIT about yourself. 😛

Well taking that thing into consideration, I was quite nervous while writing a Resume of mine for applying Summer Internships this year. I’ve just recommended many websites like – How To Write a Resume.org  and other Helpful Sites, giving certain Tips and Tricks on writing a Resume on any particular field and demonstrated with some examples. Even I consulted some of mine college-mates and my family friends for helping me out.

Well, after a very long exploration and recommendations, I’ve made a short single-page Resume for applying an Internship this Summer, including some personal details like – Name, Father’s Name, Date of Birth, Gender and Residence and alongwith some of mine Educational Qualifications in School and now in College so far. Though it was looking simple without any exceptional achievement to share, but I still loved my very First Resume a lot as I reflects my originality. 8)

Hopefully, I get my First Internship soon, through my First Resume. 🙂
Otherwise, Better Luck Next Time !! 😛 Keep Writing Hard !!  😀


Just Be Yourself !!


Well, I’ve just read a short conversation few days ago somewhere in Facebook, which is worth learning as well. So, I would like to SHARE that stuff in front of y’all right now. It’s truly an Amazing interview, and even most hilarious IT placement interviews. Well, It could probably can help you in your future interviews. Hopefully, you get the main message after reading the whole conversation.

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Interviewer : Tell me about yourself.
Candidate: I am Rameshwar Kulkarni. I did my Tele Communication engineering from BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology.

Interviewer : BabanRao Dhole-Patil Inst it ute of Technology? I had never heard of this college before!
Candidate : Great! Even I had not heard of it before getting an admission into it ..
What happened is – due to cricket world cup I scored badly! in 12th.I was getting a paid seat in a good college. But my father said (I prefer to call him ‘baap’) – “I can not invest so much of money”.(The baap actually said – “I will never waste so much of money on you”). So I had to join this college. Frankly speaking this name – BabanRao Dhole-Patil, can at the most be related to a Shetakari Mahavidyalaya

Interviewer: ok, ok. It seems you have taken 6 years to complete yourengineering.
Candidate : Actually I tried my best to finish it in 4 years. But you know, thesecricket matches and football world cup, and tennis tournaments. It is difficult to concentrate. So I flunked in 2nd and 3rd year. So in all I took 4 + 2 = 7 years.

Interviewer: But 4+2 is 6.
Candidate: Oh, is it ? You know I always had KT in maths. But I will try to keep this in mind. 4+2 is 6, good, thanks. These cricket matches really affect exams a lot.. I think they should ban it .

Interviewer : Good to know that you want cricket matches to be banned.
Candidate : No, no… I am talking about Exams!!

Interviewer: Ok, What is your biggest achievement in life?
Candidate : Obviously, completing my Engineering. My mom never thought I would complete it . In fact, when I flunked in 3rd year, she was looking for a job for me in BEST (Bus
corporation inMaharashtra ) through some relative.

Interviewer : Do you have any plans of higher study?
Candidate: he he he.. Are you kidding? Completing ‘lower’ education it self was so much of pain!!

Interviewer : Let’s talk about technical stuff. On which platforms have you worked?
Candidate : Well, I work at SEEPZ, so you can say Andheri is my current platform. Earlier I was at Vashi center. So Vashi was my platform then. As you can see I have experience of different platforms! (Vashi and Andheri are the places in Mumbai)

Interviewer : And which languages have you used?
Candidate : Marathi, Hindi, English. By the way, I can keep quiet in German, French, Russian and many other languages.

Interviewer: Why VC is better than VB?
Candidate : It is a common sense – C comes after B. So VC is a higher version than VB. I heard very soon they are coming up w it h a new language VD!

Interviewer: Do you know anything about Assembly Language?
Candidate: Well, I have not heard of it . But I guess, this is the language our ministers and MPs use in assembly.

Interviewer : What is your general project experience?
Candidate : My general experience about projects is – most of the times they are in pipeline!

Interviewer: Can you tell me about your current job?
Candidate: Sure, Currently I am working for Bata Info Tech ltd. Since joining BIL, I am on Bench. Before joining BIL, I used to think that Bench was another software like Windows.

Interviewer : Do you have any project management experience?
Candidate: No, but I guess it shouldn’t be difficult. I know Word and Excel. I can talk a lot. I know how to dial for International phone call and use speaker facility. And very important – I know few words like – ‘Showstoppers ‘ , ‘hot fixes’, ‘SEI-CMM’, ‘quality’, ‘version control’, ‘deadlines’ , ‘Customer Satisfaction’ etc. Also I can blame others for my mistakes!

Interviewer: What are your expectations from our company?
Candidate : Not much.
1. I should at least get 40,000 in hand..
2. I would like to work on a live EJB project. But it should not have deadlines. I personally feel that pressure affects natural talent.
3. I believe in flexi-timings.
4. Dress code is against basic freedom, so I would like to wear t-shirt and jeans.

5. We must have sat-sun off. I will suggest Wednesday off also, so as to avoid breakdown due to overwork.
6. I would like to go abroad 3 times a year on short term preferably 1-2 months) assignments. Personally I prefer US,Australia andEurope. But considering the fact that there are Olympics coming up inChina in the current year, I don’t mind going there in that period. As you can see I am modest and don’t have many expectations. So can I assume my selection?

Interviewer: he he he ha ha ha. Thanks for your interest in our
organization. In fact I was never entertained so much before. Welcome to INFOSYS.

The fellow was appointed in a newly created section ‘Stress Management’ in the HRD of Infosys. Who thought that such a guy who just completed his Engineering in 7 years, and got a very awesome placement in Infosys, where every Topper wants to be there.

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This synopsis is not only FUNNY but also worthily useful for the young aspirants like me, who have a desire to get a better job in the best organization. But you have to DAMN deserving for reaching to your desired Goal and making your dreams come true.

Brilliant Academic Performance and Well-Versed Technical Knowledge, it indeed matters a lot for getting placed. But just Scoring Good Grades in Exams is not enough as it eventually won’t make you to reach at the TOP. You really oughta be CONFIDENT without fumbling and getting terrified while sitting in an interview. And most importantly, Just Be Yourself. It is main Mantra.

Well after reading that stuff, It’s really inspiring me a lot. It is useful for my future. It’s not like that I would say kinda everything that the above guy just said. As Sometimes, even being talkative would make the interviewers sick. Offcourse, they would like to side the real in you  either you tell or they would get your reality on their own very easily. But talking too much like a loudmouth is not acceptable everywhere. Be somewhat smart to a level for deciding what to say and what not.

As a matter of fact, The main message is not talk like just that guy said on his interview. It’s all about being yourself, and try your best to make the interviewers impressed by your truthful nature. Because, in this modern world, there are plenty diplomatic and fake people around you in any particular field, who rather live a life on other’s perceptions and conditions. But it’s Hard to find such true people from the crowd who come forward and just appear as they really are.

And again, I am quoting,

Just Be Yourself  8)
You never know what’s ahead of you in future. 😉
Be Honest and Original. True to be Yourself !!  🙂
For Yours and Other’s Sake !! 😀