SOP AND RESUME WRITING
What is SOP?
SOP refers to Statement of Purpose, through which a candidate can portray his/her, personality in front of the admission authority of an institution. Universities require an SOP during the application process. It is a specific type of extended, formal essay that candidates need to write, mentioning the purpose of applying to a particular course in a particular university. The essay should consist of a brief stating who you are, what you want to be, and how ready you are for pursuing an individual course in an institution. Candidates need to be very careful while writing the SOP as it is a reflection of their personality.
Its Importance And Relevance
SOP is regarded as a critical component associated with a candidate’s application. SOP portrays a significant impression of a candidate to the admission officials. A compelling SOP expresses a candidate’s attitude, ambition, personality, and clarity of thought. With the changing pattern of study and admission, submitting an SOP along with the application is getting relevant. Its relevance lies in allowing the applicant to stand out from the crowd and get selected.
We Do It
All aspiring candidates complete their SOP to state the reason behind their choice of pursuing a course in a particular expression. Furthermore, SOP indicates their career goals and what they want to do after completing the course. Candidates can express their aspirations, vision, interest, motivations, values, mottos through SOP. When you are applying for an academic research course, you must submit your SOP to convince the admission committee about your ambition.
How We Do It
The SOP should be 1-2 pages long with 800-1000 words. The length and word count may vary as per institution-specific requirements. However, most universities accept generic length. We usually write SOP in two separate parts. The first part is a self-reflection that you have to start with introspection and recapitulation of all critical events of life that have shaped your personality. It would be best if you focused on the reason behind applying for a course in your desired institution in the second part.
What We Provide
Here are the points that we must provide in an SOP
- What we want to do (Study or research)
- Why we have chosen a specific program
- Why we want to take admission to a university
- Our experience in the field
- Any community service or leadership experience
- Why we should get admission
- What values we will bring to the institute
- Our understanding of institutional culture and student community
- The significance of the study program to achieve career goals
- Our extracurricular activities, interests, and hobbies
- Unique aspects of our personality that admission officials should know
While talking about the quality of SOP, we must say that SOP should be simple yet convincing. You must provide brief details about the motivational events of your life but don’t write only about it throughout the essay. Mention those aspects of your personality that are associated with the course you are going to pursue. Remember, an SOP should focus on the purpose of pursuing a course rather than mentioning events of personal life without any importance.
Keep all these tips in mind while writing SOP for admission purposes.
What is a Resume?
A resume is a brief document that summarizes the qualification and experience of a job seeker for a prospective employer. A resume is considered to be the most critical part of the modern process of a job application. A resume is different from a curriculum vitae in terms of length, purpose, and content. A resume appears to be shorter than a CV and markets the professional abilities of a job seeker. A CV consists of a thorough listing of academic, professional, and other experiences.
Its Importance and Relevance
A resume is an essential tool when you are going to apply for a job. It shows how experienced you are and what capabilities you possess to be recruited for a specific post. The information you are listing in your resume helps HR executives of different companies to shortlist you. A resume is a marketing tool that should demonstrate why you are the right person for the job, highlighting your level of professionalism. You need to tailor your resume to individual job application so that it focuses on the particular requirements of the job you are applying for. A resume is a vital tool that distinguishes you from the other applicants.
We Do It
Every applicant submits a resume with a job application to strengthen the chance of getting selected. However, some are ignorant about the fact that a resume is not the same as a CV. What you need to provide either a CV or a resume depends on the employer. Remember the fundamental difference between a CV and a resume and attach which one your employer seeks with your job application.
How We Do It
We follow three types of resume formats to prepare our resume: reverse chronological, skill-based, or functional, and the combination of these two. We choose the model based on our level of experience and the type of job we are going to apply for. HR executives hardly have the time to read the details of your resume. So, provide critical information about your experience in your resume. Your resume should be of a one-page length so that HR executives can quickly go through all the details you have provided. Use clear section sub-headings and leave ample white space, particularly around the margin. Prepare your resume with easy to read font. It is better to use 11-12 pt. Font for normal text and 14-16 pt. Font for titles or subheadings.
What We Provide
We provide the following details in a resume.
- Contact Details
- Opening statement
- Key skills and strength
- Software/technical skills
- Personal attributes
- Employment history
Provide your professional details and experience in a presentable manner to attract the attention of employers. Include your job title/position, company details, achievements, and responsibilities, dates employed in reverse chronological order in a formal language. Try to keep your resume short and simple not only for saving valuable time for HR executives but also to convince them in selecting you.