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15 Dec

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Tips, Secrets of a Resume Perfecto..!!

3 Dec

SAYING IT WITH IMPACT

Using verbs and adjectives effectively adds impact to your resume. Read this section again carefully just before you actually begin writing.

DESCRIBING RESULTS – GOING BEYOND DUTIES

The typical resume merely lists duties and does little else to sell the person. One of the best ways to sell yourself is to describe accomplishments in terms of results. Duties are often covered by “Responsible for …” Results are generally covered by using the verb developed, such as “Developed a secretary’s manual which explained hundreds of procedures and significantly reduced clerical errors.” This person’s duties were typing, filing, and answering phones, so to show that she stood above the rest, she demonstrated results.

THE WORDS TO USE

While develop is an excellent word, when used three or four times in a resume it becomes overworked.  You’ll need substitutes. The most common are:

Created Instituted
Designed Introduced
Established Setup
Implemented

Other verbs that may be appropriate substitutes in certain circumstances would be:

Built Fabricated Originated
Composed Fashioned Perfected
Constructed Formed Pioneered
Coordinated Formulated Planned
Cultivated Generated Prepared
Devised Installed Produced
Elaborated Introduced Refined
Enhanced Organized Revamped

Developed (devised, prepared, produced) a creative financing/purchasing package to obtain 1900 acres of prime California farmland.

Developed (created, designed, introduced) a new concept in women’s athletics and actively promoted the program. Participation b women grew from 18% in previous years to 79%

Pioneered mime program for gifted children age 8-12.

Developed (built, created, established, implemented, instituted) an intern program to allow students to work in nursing homes and schools for the retarded.

Developed (designed, established) training programs for new and experienced employees and supervised the new employee orientation program.

Set up apprenticeship programs for five skilled trades at the Physical Plant Department.

Developed and implemented an information and referral service for consumer complaints and human rights issues.

Developed and implemented mail and telephone solicitation programs and word processor systems.

Coordinated the company marketing effort, including advertising and promotions.

Designed and installed cash and inventory control systems for various clients.

Developed (created, designed) a unique computerized system, which has dramatically increased service to customers.

For this small, 29-year-old manufacturer of toys, implemented changes in sales, marketing, and production, which enabled the company to double sales and profits in a six-year period.

Developed and supervised a medical records internship program.

Created an employee orientation program, which increased employee effectiveness and helped decrease turnover.

Developed (created, built) a team of highly motivated employees.

Established a sales award program, which substantially reduced turnover of franchise sales staff.

Foresight Proficient/proficiently
Functional/functionally Profitable/profitably
Handy/handily Progressive/progressively
High/highly Quick/quickly
Highest Rare/rarely
High-level Readily
Honest/honestly Record
Imaginative/imaginatively Relentless/relentlessly
Immediate/immediately Reliability
Impressive/impressively Reliable/reliably
Incisive/incisively Remarkable/remarkably
In-depth Responsible/responsibly
Industrious/industriously Rigorous/rigorously
Inherent/inherently Routine/routinely
Innovative/innovatively Secure/securely
Instructive/instructively Sensitive/sensitively
Instrumental/instrumentally Significant/significantly
Integral Skillful/skillfully
Intensive/intensively Solid/solidly
Intimate/intimately Sophisticated/sophisticatedly
Leading Strategic/strategically
Masterful/masterfully Strong/strongly
Meaningful/meaningfully Substantial/substantially
Natural/naturally Successful/successfully
New and Improved Tactful/tactfully
Notable/notably Thorough/thoroughly
Objective/objectively Uncommon/uncommonly
Open-minded Unique/uniquely
Original/originally Unusual/unusually
Outstanding/outstandingly Urgent/urgently
Particularly Varied
Penetrating/penetratingly Vigorous/vigorously
Perceptive/perceptively Virtual/virtually
Pioneering Vital/vitally
Practical/practically Wide/widely
Professional/professionally

Significantly/Substantially

“Increased sales substantially through creative marketing.”

“Absenteeism was reduced significantly by instituting a system of flexible work hours.”

When you have no idea by what percentage you increased or decreased something, the words significantly and substantially will provide the reader with the feeling you are trying to get across. When you use these words, you are saying that what you did really had an impact. The word extensive can also be used in similar contexts.

Produced an extensive revision of the company procedures manual.”

Extensively involved in staff education and development.

Significantly improved communications between nursing administration and staff.

Virtually all apartment units were completed ahead of schedule.

Continually streamlined policies and procedures to create more reasonable work schedule.

Extremely well-organized and efficient.

Exceptionally well-trained in theatre, dance, and music.

A list of adverbs and adjectives is given below. Review the list and check the ones you feel may be useful to you. Try to include them but don’t force it. Don’t use a word or phrase unless it really fits your personality and strengthens your resume. After writing each draft, go back through the list to see if still another word or two might be useful.

Accurate/accurately Decisive/decisively
Active/actively Deep (insight)
Adept/adeptly Deft/deftly
Advantageously Dependable/dependably
Aggressive/aggressively Demonstrably
All-inclusive/all-inclusively Diligent/diligently
Ambitious/ambitiously Diplomatic/diplomatically
Appreciable/appreciably Distinctive/distinctively
Astute/astutely Diverse/diversified
Attractive/attractively Driving
Authoritative/authoritatively Easily
Avid/avidly Effective/effectively
Aware Effectually
Beneficial/beneficially Efficient/efficiently
Broad/broadly Effortless/effortlessly
Capable/capably Enthusiastically
Challenging Entire/entirely
Cohesive/cohesively Especially
Competent/competently Exceptional/exceptionally
Complete/completely Exciting/excitingly
Comprehensive/comprehensively Exhaustive/exhaustively
Conclusive/conclusively Experienced
Consistent/consistently Expert/expertly
Constructive/constructively Extensive/extensively
Contagious Extremely
Continuous/continually Familiar with
Contributed Towards Familiarity with
Decidedly Firm/firmly

Reduced lost time due to illness 81% and reduced industrial accidents by 67%.

Negotiated a product classification change for California freight, saving $18,000 annually.

Negotiated, awarded, and administered contracts with vendors for the procurement of over 65,000 different standard parts.

Continually streamlined policies to reduce redundant procedures.

ACTION VERBS

Accomplished Commanded Determined Fabricated
Achieved Commended Developed Facilitated
Acquired Communicated Devised Fashioned
Acted Completed Diagnosed Filed
Activated Compared Directed Financed
Active Compiled Discovered Fixed
Adapted Composed Dispensed Followed
Addressed Computed Displayed Forged
Adjusted Conceived Dissected Forecasted
Administered Conceptualized Distributed Formulated
Advised Conducted Documented Found
Allocated Consolidated Drafted Founded
Analyzed Constructed Dramatized Functioned
Approved Conserved Earned Gained
Arbitrated Consulted Edited Gathered
Arranged Contacted Eliminated Generated
Ascertained Contracted Employed Governed
Assembled Contributed Enacted Graduated
Assessed Controlled Encouraged Guided
Assigned Converted Enforced Handled
Assimilated Cooperated Engineered Headed
Assisted Coordinated Enhanced Hired
Assured Correlated Enlisted Identified
Attained Corroborated Ensured Illustrated
Attended Counseled Equipped Imagined
Augmented Created Established Implemented
Balanced Culminated Estimated Improved
Bought Cultivated Evaluated Improvised
Brought Dealt Examined Increased
Built Defined Expanded Informed
Calculated Delegated Expedited Initiated
Clarified Delivered Experimented Inspected
Classified Demonstrated Explained Inspired
Coached Designed Expressed Installed
Collected Detected Extracted Instigated
Instilled Ordered Received Shaped
Instituted Organized Recognized Shifted
Instructed Originated Recommended Shipped
Insured Overcame Reconciled Simplified
Integrated Oversaw Recorded Sold
Interfaced Participated Recruited Solidified
Interpreted Perceived Rectified Solved
Interviewed Perfected Reevaluated Sorted
Introduced Performed Referred Spearheaded
Invented Persuaded Refined Spoke
Investigated Piloted Regulated Staffed
Judged Pioneered Rehabilitated Stimulated
Justified Placed Related Streamlined
Kept Planned Rendered Structured
Kindled Played Repaired Substituted
Launched Predicted Reported Succeeded
Led Prepared Represented Summarized
Lectured Prescribed Reorganized Supervised
Lifted Presented Researched Supplied
Located Prevented Resolved Synthesized
Logged Printed Responded Systematized
Maintained Processed Restored Tested
Managed Procured Retrieved Trained
Marketed Produced Revamped Transferred
Mastered Programmed Reviewed Transformed
Mediated Projected Revised Translated
Minimized Promoted Revitalized Treated
Monitored Proposed Revived Unified
Motivated Protected Saved Updated
Negotiated Proved Scheduled Upgraded
Nominated Provided Screened Utilized
Observed Publicized Secured Validated
Obtained Published Selected Verified
Offered Purchased Separated Won
Operated Questioned Served Wrote
Optimized Realized Serviced Orchestrated

VERB TENSES

Describe your current job in the present tense. For all previous jobs, write in the past tense. In your current job, you may need to describe an event, such as a project, which has already been completed. In that case, use the past tense to describe the project, while using the present tense in the remaining portions of your current job.

Developed (instituted, introduced, designed) new operating procedures which reduced labor costs 24% of gross revenues to 14%.

Instituted a preventive maintenance program which increased a combat readiness of a unit by 10%.

ACTION VERBS

A resume should sound alive and vigorous. Using action verbs helps achieve that feeling. “I changed the filing system” lacks punch and doesn’t really indicate if the system was improved. “I reorganized and simplified the filing system” sounds much better and provides more accurate information. Review the sentences below to get a feel for action words. Then quickly scan the words in the following list and check any you think you might want to use in your resume. Don’t try to force them in, use them when they feel right.

Conducted long-range master planning for the Portland water supply system.

Monitored enemy radio transmissions, analyzed information, and identified enemy strategic and tactical capabilities.

Planned, staffed and organized the intramural sports program for this 1,200-student college.

Produced daily reports for each trial and made sure documents and evidence were handled properly.

Presented seminars to entry-level secretaries and worked to increase the professionalism of secretaries in the county system.

Improved the coordination, imagination, and pantomime techniques of adults through mime and dance training.

Allocated and dispensed federal money to nine counties, as board member of the CETA Advisory Board.

Evaluated financial health by analyzing financial statements and ratios.

Prevented the loss of numerous key accounts through effective account management and by solving long-standing problems.

Compiled extensive fisheries data from interviews with thousands of sports fishermen.

Researched and proposed a $1,000,000 project to improve warehouse storage and develop a better distribution system.

Since the inventory system was designed over a year ago. It must be described in the past tense.

USING ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS

Adjectives and adverbs are words that describe actions and things. Used appropriately, they can enliven a resume and describe more accurately what you did. Notice how they change the tone of the sentences below.

1.       Worked with industrial engineers.

Worked closely and effectively with industrial engineers.

2.       During seven years as staff pharmacist, learned the operations of the pharmacy department.

During seven years as staff pharmacist, became thoroughly familiar with operation of the pharmacy department.

3.       Initiate and develop working relations with local, state, and federal agencies.

Initiate and develop outstanding working relations with local, state, and federal agencies.

4.       Establish rapport with customers.

Quickly establish rapport with customers.

Here are more examples of how to use these words.

Dealt tactfully and effectively with difficult customers.

Outstanding record in teaching.

Comprehensive knowledge and experience in group facilitation.

Presented technical material in objective and easily understood terms.

Able to actively involve parents in individual Education Plans.

Able to train experienced people and develop highly effective teams.

Consistently maintained high profit margins on all.

ACTION VERBS

Corresponded Arranged Recorded Separated
Performed Referred Consolidated Interviewed
Examined Posted Controlled Removed
Priced Prescribed Built Protected
Ordered Logged Oversaw Typed
Provided Assisted Prepared Counted
Instructed Researched Loaded Drew up
Counseled Reviewed Devised Improved
Invented Manufactured Installed Recommended
Operated Adjusted Labeled Audited
Studied Verified Pulled Determined
Negotiated Phoned Analyzed Increased
Reduced Implemented Wrote Organized
Supervised Developed Coordinated Created
Produced Instituted Planned Expanded
Identified Collected Hauled Administered
Constructed Served Lifted Advised
Tested Received Translated Communicated
Obtained Detected Charted Assembled
Routed Distributed Promoted Filed
Dispensed Filled Lectured Mixed
Sold Directed Conducted Trained
Completed Managed Delivered Checked
Supplied Unloaded Eliminated Designed
Solved Wheeled Maintained Evaluated
Realized Represented Selected Purchased
Sorted Processed Moved Packed

Use of the words has substantial impact on the Resume Reviewer.

Regards,

Pinal Mehta

“HR is my Hobby” and the words ran in my thoughts..!!!

5 Sep

Last nite, I had the pleasure to talk to this very talented Management trainee working in a reputed MNC company. Out of our discussion in midst of it, she expressed that for her, “Her work as HR feels like her Hobby”…and then it all started.

The discussion went on for hours where i was on the other side of plank debating about issues that as an HR How can she not feel stressed and exhausted with her work, How that feeling did not get into her, And in the current economic turmoil (which is almost passes, for those who experienced it), how as an HR she feels so free and excited about the work like there is nothing else so exciting to do. We managed to keep debating about stuff where I kept pulling her off on various challenges that are faced from a perspective of a Potential HR in “Generalist” Or any role .We kept contemplating on issues which involved over demanding responsibilites that an HR has to goes through in the current chaotic organization situation. But at the end, what i learnt that how much i was trying to overshadow her work , her initiatives at work, discouraging her efforts and arguing like a nagging colleague, that this all gonna end after few years. However, How much I tried to divert or bend her thoughts for the same, she never budge down for a moment.

I asked her “How can HR be a Hobby…? I have been in this field for so long enough & “Duh..” i can find a million things that I can say about my hobby. But as we counter defensed our stand, She was firm on her end of the ground, I found her standing tall to her belief, to her views and the passion that she showed about her was like unshakeable.

Late nite, After the conversation end and we decided to carry on laters, I felt that during my early days of career, deep down even I had that fire buring in my the deep corners of my conscious and the utter resilience for the passion where my day-to-day work was revolving around people centric efforts, counseling and things where ever i used to look up for the starting a new exciting day at work.

Did it died down due to constant hurdles, unfamiliar deadlines and unachieveable targets set upon us? Did the false commitments, lies made, people playing corporate politics, changed a part of HR in me? Is India really ready for considering HR as a Business partner in success…!!!

Too many questions, General Answers but the road is ahead and I know its gonna be a suprise. Good or Bad I leave it up on time

But today before ending this, the question I wanna ask to peoples of the HR Fathernity(India), that Did that fire died down, or is it just Hibernating ?

Regards,

Pinal Mehta

Childhood Memories

23 Jun

When Gulli-Danda & Kanche (marbles) were more popular than cricket. When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhepan-chhepai & Kho Kho anytime…

When we desperately waited for ‘Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi’ (Doordarshan serial) When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, Dada Daadi Ki Kahaniyaanwere so fulfilling. When there was just one Tv in every five houses and…

When Bisleris were not sold in the trains and we were worrying if papas will get back into the train in time or not when they were getting down at stations to fill up the water bottle…

When we were going to bed by 9.00pm sharp except for the ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ day…

When Holis & Diwalis meant mostly hand-made pakwaans and sweets and moms seeking our help while preparing them …

When Maths teachers were not worried of our Mummies and papas while slapping/beating us…

When we were exchanging comics and stamps and Phantom, Champak & Chacha-Chaudaris & Billus were our heroes…

When we were in Nana’s House every summer and loved flying kites and plucking and eating unripe mangoes and leechies…

When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more than asked for and ‘ek do teen chaar’ and ‘Rajani’ inspired us…

When 50 paisa meant at least 10 toffees and dairy milk big bar cost Rs. 7…

When left over pages of the last years notebooks were used for rough work or even fair work…
When ‘Apsara’ and ‘Natraaj’ were encouraged against ‘Reynolds & Cello family’…

When the first rain meant getting drenched and playing in water and mud and making ‘kaagaj ki kishtis’…

When there were no phones to tell friends that we will be at their homes at six in the evening…

When we remembered tens of jokes and were not finding ‘ice-cream & papa’ type jokes foolish enough to stop us from laughing…

When we were not seeing patakhes on Diwalis and gulaalson Holis as air and noise polluting or allergic agents…

The list can be endless…

On the serious note I would like to summarize with…

When we were using our hearts more than our brains, even for scientifically brainy activities like ‘thinking’ and ‘deciding’…

When we were crying and laughing more often, more openly and more sincerely…

When we were enjoying our present more than worrying about our future…

When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak…

When sharing worries and happiness didn’t mean getting vulnerable to the listener…
When blacks and whites were the favorite colors instead of greys…

When journeys also were important and not just the destinations…

When life was a passenger’s sleeper giving enough time and opportunity to enjoy the sceneries from its open and transparent glass windows instead of some super fast’s second ac with itscurtained, closed and dark windows…

I really miss them(From the bottom of my heart).. don’t u?

Essence of my Personal Solitude

15 Oct

Life is just like a wind, you have no idea when the breeze will blow your life out for good or take you places where you never expected to reach. Chaos lies in the middle of it and at times you always feels that something like chaos needs to keep under check. It runs in your blood, brings the adrenaline gushing down to every corner of the your brainwave, but still it cant help you in your personal solitude. Solitude sometimes take you place like the wind but trust it never takes you where you expect the most. It rages out from the darkest corner of your thoughts and ends up in the corner of the 4-walled area where life roams around at its own pace. For the materialistic world, time moves on the same pace but in solitude times seems to stop by, and the memories that lurks within me.

Its a fight of me against myself, and trust me the war has just begun.

Pinal Mehta