Every time you apply for a new job, you need to re-write your resume which should be totally fitting to the job you are applying for. While doing so the general steps you need to follow are:

Write and Organize

Your resume not only presents your contact information, educational background and work history, it also demonstrates the quality of work that you produce. It tells the prospective employer or recruiter a number of things about your decision-making, organizational, and communication skills. This is an opportunity to impress them with your ability to provide them with a well organized, professional document.

Professional / Career profile section

Be Easy to Contact. Place your contact information in full view at the top of the page make it comprehensive. Be Accurate and Complete. For each job that you apply, detail your duties, and include work dates. A long list of skill words won’t highlight your experience. Instead, use key words in a meaningful way within your resume. Be Clear. Use concrete, descriptive words and phrases.

Include Career Objective section after Career Profile section

Include your aspirations here

Education section

Move to the end right before certificates, volunteer interest section

Professional Skills section (Qualification)

Example, rather than stating you are skilled in proposal writing, or M&E. you can state what were some of the proposals that you developed which received funding or what was your contribution to the proposals receiving funding, what major learning’s have you brought to the attention of the organization from doing M&E, that paved the way for future successes, what kind of key partnerships have you built and strengthened and how has that been helpful in meeting objectives.

References: Available upon request.

Always, give a two-week time to the employer after applying for a position and if you do not hear anything in this time, do a follow up phone call or e-mail (preferably phone call) to find out information regarding your application.

If you feel that you can contribute a great deal to a position, but you fear that you might not have all the stated requirements; focus on the core competencies that the job requires and why you think you are fit for the position; how you have gained those competencies through other work (personal, professional, education) you have done, and how you can contribute to the objectives of the organization. Sometimes it is not necessarily the years of experience or technical skills you have accumulated that will get you the job you want. There are several cases where we have looked at resumes with limited experience, but the way the resume is presented compels one to at least invite the person for an interview. And that is what you want to achieve. Your resume is your selling point to secure an interview where you will have a chance to discuss your ideas and your competencies in detail, as well as what you expect to gain/learn from the organization.

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