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Breathe, Read, Repeat!

Reading books about mental health can give you a chance to enlighten yourself about so many different things that happen around you, especially with people around you.

Books are a wonderful way to travelling without having to move an inch. Isn’t that convenient? Let’s learn a bit about mental health and journey through characters, situations, mishaps, strategies and a little fun by reading something aside from textbooks.

Mental health touches all our lives directly or indirectly. You can choose to learn about it through different media including books. As teenagers you can become more aware and sensitized about different issues which prevail around you. Reading not only brings you closer to this but also adds another activity for you during a regular day.

Here are some recommendations we have for you. Check them out!

  1. 13 Reasons Why – This books talks about a teenage girl’s struggles with life which result in suicide.

  2. Clean – This books tackles lives of two people combatting addiction.

  3. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary – This book tells the tale of a young girl who is going through a troubled family life and acts out due to all the unfortunate events which occur in her life.

  4. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy – This is a wonderful starter book to read to begin a conversation about mental health and understand its meaning a little better.

  5. Girl, Interrupted – This is a beautiful narration of a girl’s experience in a mental health institute.

  6. Finding Audrey – This novel talks about how a girl finds it hard to leave her house or even take her sunglasses off inside the house. However, at some point, with new found support, she believe she can try going out again.

  7. Challenger Deep – This book touches the mental illness of schizophrenia.

  8. More Happy Than Not – This book touches the concept of sexuality and the struggles of teenagers with mental health.

  9. Impulse – This story is about three different people in one psychiatric hospital, tied together with the common act of suicide

Reading is a healthy habit and reading about mental health can make is interesting and a learning process. It’s natural for all of us to gravitate towards films and TV shows, but take some time out during your day and pick up a book, curl up in a blanket and just read.

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How to make an effective resume

Writing a resume is not easy, after all, you are putting up your achievements and accomplishments along with your skills and interests on display. And if you are a fresher, then this task becomes even daunting

With a wide variety of formats, recommendations and types available, it is only natural to panic while creating a resume. Once you start forming the draft of your resume, there are furthermore questions like what shall I enlist as my interests, shall I also mention my references, should I put my summary at the beginning, etc. For fresher, a resume is their first impression on the HR managers that will convince them to hire the candidate. Therefore, a resume should be thought of as an advertisement for yourself, after all, you are a product to them. Try to make your resume a factual one and sound like a responsible and sincere person. A proper resume will make the impression of you being a mature person. Here are a few important tips for writing a resume for freshers.

Select a resume type

The first step towards creating an effective resume is to choose a relevant type. You can choose among functional, chronological and combination resume. For freshers, it is recommended to select a functional resume as it emphasizes more on skills and less on experience which freshers do not have. You can take the help of Google and find more about it.

A catchy header

The header of a resume includes your name, email address, phone number, etc. It’s best to mention your details at the beginning of the resume as it becomes easier for HR people to sort the profiles.

Meaningful career objectives

Since you are new you are all set to start and give a direction to your career. Therefore, draft an impressive and practical career objective which clearly states your interests. Avoid using, “I am seeking a job/position/career...”, as everyone knows you are applying for that specific job. A precise and to the point goal or objective will give a better understanding about you to the HR managers.

Make it readable

Obviously your resume will be read by another person, hence attention should be paid whether it is readable or not. Don’t choose fancy font styles, and go for simpler fonts like Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman, etc. Do not use capital letter unnecessarily as they appear to be shouting letters. Use proper spaces and indents. Maintain a set font size for different texts, like 16 for all heading, 12 for running matter, etc.

Add keywords

Many recruiters use ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to shortlist resumes, so include job-related keywords in your resumes. Read the JD (Job Description) carefully and pick up which words are more related t skills or abilities that the recruiters are looking for.

Highlight achievements

Since you do not have any experience, it is wise to highlight your achievements and accomplishments. Include all that you have achieved in academics, extra-curricular activities, and projects. Also mention your internships, if you have any, as they will add weight to your resume.

Proof-read your resume

A resume with grammatical errors or typos will make you look like a careless and irresponsible person. So always proof-read your resume first and then get it proof-read by someone else who has a command over the language.

Hope these tips help you in creating an effective resume. All the best!

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