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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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Mental Health and Films - Watch and Learn

Mental health has been talked about in different art forms like music, poetry, theatre, films, paintings and so on. Films are commonly enjoyed by all of us which also keep us engaged when a sensitive concern is being addressed.
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Psychology and mental health have prevailed globally for a long time now. Mental health concerns have not remained hidden within people but have been brought out in the open in the form of books, films, songs, art, theatre and likewise. Any form of art depicts mental health beautifully and offers the world a chance to sensitize itself to mental health a little bit more.

Films are a common entertaining media which are used to portray multiple ideas and notions. Mental health in films has dated back to the early 20th century and continues to flourish today. You and I are prone to watching cinema from time to time which encourages filmmakers to exhibit these concerns in their art. Characters, symptoms, treatment, life, and son on, are some aspects which keep the movies engaging and also provide a certain degree of psycho - education.

If you are curious to know more about psychological concerns and disorders, here are some films to consider. Remember, these are not perfect in any way. They display the maker’s perception of the mental health concern. Please refrain from using these films as a benchmark for diagnosis or any other kind of mental health labelling. Enjoy the cinema, appreciate the acting and believe that mental health concerns are real.

  1. A Beautiful Mind – This film shows paranoid schizophrenia which entails hallucinations and delusions created in the person’s mind leading to daily dysfunction in relationships, work and regular lifestyle.

  2. Silver Lining Playbook – This film looks at Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder threaded into a beautiful love story

  3. 15 Park Avenue – This again depicts the life of a girl combatting schizophrenia

  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – This is a beautiful story of a boy struggling with social awkwardness and childhood trauma.

  5. Karthik Calling Karthik – This is a new age film which focuses on the actor’s portrayal of schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder

  6. Barfi – This film throws light on Autism experienced by the lead actress in the film

  7. Taare Zameen Par – This is a wonderful film which talks about Dyslexia as a learning disability which troubles a little boy and how he comes around it

  8. Udta Punjab – This moving film is a depiction of substance abuse and the consequences of it

  9. Requiem for a Dream – Yet another realistic display of addiction and the dire consequences of it

  10. A Star is Born – This recent release shows musician’s upward journey to fame but an unfortunate demise due to alcoholism

There are numerous films made about personality disorders, addiction, OCD, anxiety, depression, stress, learning disabilities, trauma, abuse and so forth. The audience, which is all of us, needs to become more aware of these kind of concerns and try to educate ourselves about them. These are real and very genuine issues which can create everyday problems.

Movies may be meant for entertainment, but if they also are able to send out a conscious message ou in the world, that’s a bonus. So, if you don’t have any other weekend plans, maybe, a movie night would be a good idea!

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