This week's giveaway is in the EJB and other Java EE Technologies forum. We're giving away four copies of EJB 3 in Action and have Debu Panda, Reza Rahman, Ryan Cuprak, and Michael Remijan on-line! See this thread for details.
Praveen: 1. Your English is very difficult to understand. For example, "candi" should be "candidate". Also, "freshers" should be "junior level candidate". I mention Item #1 - because bad English on a resume (here in USA) will utterly kill your chances. It's the first thing the reviewer looks for during the inital screening of resumes. Most initial reviewers are looking for an easy way to screen resumes and one of the easiest is to look for bad grammer, mispellings. 2. Assuming you have some sort of degree or background in Java, and are looking for an entry level position. Here are the basic guidelines: A: Focus your resume towards computers - if you have a degree in economics, it it okay to list it - but concentrate your efforts and past accomplishments towards the computer field. B: For entry level, resume should be one page - no more. If you need more than one page - see if there is some non-computer related information that you can remove. As you can see on my resume (see link below), I do not include my 5 years of trucking experience. Why? No one in the computer field cares - they are hiring computer people not truck drivers. Here is the basic order: Put name/address/e-mail/phone at top. Put Education / GPA (if you had good grades). I had pretty bad grades for Applied Math degree (failed first semester Calculus five times - don't ask why I still went for the math degree) so I left GPA's off. (If you paid for school - ok to list this - use as "filler" - but only a simple one line statement). Put Languages (Computer). Put Operating Systems. Put Hardware/Software (major packages - not DOOM!!! - yes, I had a fellow actually put this on a resume once - he was in a hurry). Put Experience (Reverse Order) If a one page resume put "REFERENCES ON REQUEST" at bottom so reviewer knows he/she is at end of resume. I did this, because during the interview process, too many people asked me if there was an additional sheet. FOR USA - DO NOT LIST: Hobbies, Your Weight/Height/Age, Marital Status, or Extra Curricular Activities. NO ONE CARES. You can put all this on the application during the interview. Again, I see this alot - mostly from people who try to write their resume's in 15 minutes and need filler to "balance" out the page. Don't put your health down. If you show up for the interview and are breathing - I assume you are healthy enough to work. If I see this on a resume - guess where it goes... For an example of a good resume outline, see: http://members.aol.com/jpcoxey/jpcoxey_resume.doc
Your resume does not need to be as fancy as this - but you can see the general outline. As far as any required information from India (I assume this is where you are from - given your name), talk to the local people in your field. Hope this helps. John Coxey (email@example.com)
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Also it would be useful (if you're looking for a Web application position) to have your resume in HTML format on your Web site (using tables and fonts carefully) that any prospective employer can print right out of their Web browsers instead of having to save the file in a particular format and then view it with yet another application which they may not have. In all of the six days that it took me to find a Java programming job, I rejected a few so-called "recruiters" because they asked me for my resume in Microsoft Word format. My attitude was that if you cannot print my perfectly-looking resume from the URL that I gave you, then maybe I don't want you to be looking for a WEB DEVELOPMENT IN JAVA position for me. It Payed Off.