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Describing Your Present Job

As mentioned before, your prospective employer is more interested in your present job. Therefore, this entry should contain more ­details that are relevant and could attract your prospective employer. In preparing the job description of your present job, keep in mind the following points:
  • Indicate any unusual responsibility you have been given in your present company.
  • Give examples of having helped the company grow.
  • Show how you saved money for the company or increased sales or overcame any problems faced by the company.
  • Indicate if you were promoted rapidly and received any other form of recognition that show your ability. For example, if your salary increased substantially within a short span, you should give this in terms of percentage to highlight your achievement more effectively.
In describing the job you held prior to your most recent one, try to avoid repeating duties that you have already mentioned. An ­employer is likely to favour an applicant who has had some diversity of experience in related areas, giving him greater flexibility.

Why Are You Looking for a Change?

This is something very important and needs to be very carefully listed in your résumé. When explaining why you are looking for a new job, or why you left your previous job, consider whether it is to your advantage to do so. If you left your previous job because of “personality clashes” or “too much late sitting”, do not say so. To a prospective employer this indicates that you may be a troublemaker or work-shirker. Similarly, never mention that you have no security in your present job or you fear losing the job. This shows that you have no confidence. Think hard and you will probably be able to come up with some other reason, such as a company reorganization leaving your position uncertain. Note the following example:
  • Supervising a sales team of 40 men selling consumer durables.
  • Responsible for recruitment, training, and the establishment and fulfillment of sale targets.
  • During this period, region’s sale rose to an average of 25 per cent annually, compared to earlier rise of 10–12 per cent.
  • While satisfied with the compensation package and the job, the family ownership prevents rising any higher.
Another way is to say that you are looking for a more challenging opportunity and more exposure to your field of specialization so that you can prove your worth.


Every good résumé contains at least two or three references. Select a teacher or professor who has known you well, a former employer if possible or any other important person who is well known. If the person named as a reference has an official title, include it; it identifies that person and helps a prospective employer evaluate his or her recommendation. Above all, be certain that all names are spelt correctly and that all addresses are verified.

Salary Drawn and Salary Expected

Here you have to be very careful. Some authorities suggest that this information should be given in the résumé as some ­employers like to have this information. However, others suggest that it is better not to mention this information in your résumé. The ­reason for this is that if you indicate the salary you expect and it is less than the company is willing to pay, you are selling yourself short. On the other hand, if it is more than the employer is ­willing to pay, you are automatically disqualifying yourself ­before you have a chance to have an interview and show your worth to your ­prospective employer. If you are found good enough and he wants you strongly enough, he may be willing to pay even a ­higher salary than what you expected. In view of this justification, it is recommended to leave the salary option open for negotiation ­during the final interview. Therefore, it is better just to say: “Salary expected—Negotiable”


MYTH: The more good information you present about yourself in your résumé, the better it is, so stuff your résumé with every positive detail you can think of.
FACT: Recruiters don’t need that much information about you at the initial screening stage, and they probably won’t read it.

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