How to write 1 page resume for mid level career professional

Hello Friends,

Many times people ask me, how long should my resume be?

You will hear most of the people from the HR fraternity asking, your resume should be 1 page. In any case, it should not be more than 2 pages.

Why resume length matter?
Today, time is precious. Nobody has time to go through a long, detailed documents. For HR, for recruiters, initial few seconds, let's say 30 seconds are crucial. When we go through your resume, if we do not get what we want in the initial few seconds, whatever good you are, we cannot proceed further.
That’s why your resume length matter to us.

How is it possible to explain everything in 1 page?
Who told you that you should mention everything in your resume?
First of all, remember, it is your resume. It is not your marriage proposal. It is possible.

What should I include in my resume?
You should include

1.      Your name, 
2.     Your address, 
3.     Your date of birth, 
4.     Your email address, 
5.     Your contact no, 
6.     Your LinkedIn ID (not mandatory though)
7.     References
8.     Companies where you worked
9.     Duration of your job
10. Designation
11. Your skill set
12. Responsibilities you have handled
13. Professional association

Is it possible to include all those points in a 1 page resume?
Yes, it is possible. Recently, one of my friends approached me for designing his resume. When I saw his resume, it was lengthy 6 pages. It had many unwanted details. Here is the sample of the resume I created. 
Copy of Resume sample 1 page accounts

Great! What should not I include in my resume?
1.     You should avoid following content in your resume
2.     Your spouse details
3.     Your height
4.     Your weight (come on, you are not applying for army job)
5.     Your reporting head
6.     Your team size
7.     Your achievements
8.     Your role in sentence style (I am handling XYZ activities)
9.     Non required qualifications. You must have done lot of degrees as a matter of interest, but HR and recruiters are least interested for this. Please include only relevant qualifications.
10. Avoid writing your political affiliation. 
11. Don't mention reason for leaving. 

What additional care I should take?
Do not keep font size too small. At least it should be 10.
Use commonly available fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman
Do not use too much colour or variations. Two colours preferably blue and black are enough
Do not write in much details about old job.Just brief about that. HR may not be interested in what you did 10 years back. 
Review your resume always before sending for a job. Add, modify and improve.
Never mention the job as your experience which you have not handled or you cannot handle at least.
Never lie about your achievement. 

For all these kind of information, there will be HR round, there will be interviews and HR will find it out. No need to include all these in your resume.

I hope these tips are useful for you to improve your resume and also for your job hunt.

Wish you all the best.
October 04, 2015

Does a private university really committed to education exist, I think yes

When my friend from HR fraternity Ashish Gakrey (founder, HR Shapers , a group of more than 1000 HR professional across India, middle east and UK who interacts daily on various aspect of HR and a purely not for profit association) invited me to one of the corporate event of KIIT University, I was reluctant. KIIT is a private university in Odisha and it has another arm called KISS. I have seen so many scams of private universities and warned my readers about them time to time. I was so reluctant, I refused to believe except few, other private universities are purely here to run degree scam and to make money.
Still, I accepted invitation and went to the event. It was a good decision. If I would have not been there, possibly I would not have written this article. It is unlikely that I will write positive about a private university (yes, I believe few private universities are there bringing private changes such as Azim Premji University, Shiv Nadar University, TISS, TIFR to name few,but largely private universities are run by mafia and corrupt politicians such as Amity, Techno Global, Manav Bharati, CMJ, EIILM, MGU Shillong, Sikkim Manipal, CV Raman, Bhagwant, Jaipur National, Jodhpur National etc.

What I learned about KIIT, KISS and its founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta

Today, when most of the private and deemed universities are making money, it was highly surprised to know the Dr. achyuta Samanta, who started KIIT with mere 5000 Rs few decades back, now actually provides free education from KG to PG. Wow!
Not only this, the course of KIIT is comparable to a non subsidized course in engineering and medicine in India. 
When I met him, it started with a humility, a simple man, with smile like this photo and he went ahead to explain his stories. It was so fascinating. 

Before being invited to KIIT event, I was not even aware about Dr. Achyuta Samanta.While writing this article, I also scanned web to search any negative or positive news about Dr. Samanta and came across a Mumbai Mirror news (the newspaper which I consider as a trash), but found a good article from Suhel Sheth. I completely agree to Suhel Sheth when he says that Dr. Achyuta Samanta deserves Bharat Ratna more than Rajiv Gandhi after knowing about him.

KISS has helped Odisha and neighboring tribal a lot by providing completely free education. Major of the funding come through donations from corporate, individual donors and for profit organisation KIIT. The burden is such that KISS/ KIIT is still in the shortage of Rs. 400 crore  due to its initiative to provide free education to tribal children in KISS.

Today, when many private universities are hungry for money and selling inferior degrees through agents, degree in 3 months, online easy degree violating norms, I did not find KIIT involve in such rackets. 

Courses at KIIT:
KIIT offers various courses in engineering, technology, medicine, nursing, management, law , communication and research. 
Here is the partial list:
KIIT international schools
KIIT Polytechnic
KIIT University

Admission process: Admission is based on the national level entrance examination conducted over 120 centres across India. 

Then I met  Rajan Pradhan and Prof. Manoj Aiyer at my office. It was a very pleasant and a fruitful meeting. They were so passionate about the work they are doing and so committed to build KIIT as a brand, its blown me away. Prof. Manoj Aiyer also shared conditions of the tribal people and how their free education at KISS actually helping them from government machinery's atrocities, how parents want to enroll their children to KISS, so they can actually save their lives and how KISS has prevented them to be a naxalite. For me, the whole KIIT, KISS and Prof. achyuta Samanta  is an angel's hand and a true social reformer. How many of us can really do that?

How are they focusing to create KIIT and KISS brand?
Their activity actually reminds me of Vinoba Bhave, who approached landlord so they could donate their land and same could be used for landless people. Prof. Manoj Aiyer, Rajan Pradhan and one more lady (sorry, I forgot her name) were meeting corporate, explaining them infrastructure and facilities at KIIT and KISS, inviting them to campus so they can actually see and experience  and can recruit people from campus. These all are excellent initiative. Yes, brand building is a long process. They want many mentors to visit KIIT and KISS, even if it costs them thats fine. How many institutes really do that? Many institutes canvass and falsify data by preventing students from appearing for interviews, by taking wrong credit, through misleading data and ranking, but I did not find KIIT and KISS anywhere there. 

What scope do we have as a corporate?
Specially my friends from HR fraternity and those from FMCG sector, social sector, social business sector and rural marketing product, for them it is an opportunity to visit both KIIT and KISS campus. They must visit the campus and be mentor for these people. They must recruit at least 2 students from each KIIT and KISS. This will help them to build brand and continue their services to serve the needy tribal children. Economic empowerment can happen only through education and skill building. Dr. achyuta Samanta is doing it in right way. 

In case if you want to meet Dr. Manoj Aiyer and get in touch to contribute in their noble cause, please contact them at:
Head (Strategic Affairs)
School of Management-KIIT University
Campus-7, Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024

How you can contribute as an individual?
You may donate to KIIT/ KISS and this will really help. Even if we 1 lakh working people adopt each tribal children, that can be of great help. Let us join hand together.There are more than 50000 tribal children in waiting list. 

Rajan Pradhan can be reached at:

Useful resources

Disclaimer: This article is written in good faith on the basis of personal experience and on the basis of available materials. Before entering into any transaction, individual should apply their own mind. This is not a advertorial or promotional feature. This is not an paid article either.

Happy reading!

Sorry for a long gap. Due to various commitment, unable to contribute regularly.

October 04, 2015

Do you have a social enterprise, a business which can help to improve people's life? then you must not miss this opportunity

Hello friends,

You may click above or paste following link in your browser to read it

Following IDiya official video is self explanatory to all, even those who do not know what is a social entrepreneurship

This is next step ahead of the same.

Do you have a social enterprise/ a business which can change people's life, which can improve their livelihood?

You might have an excellent and viable social business idea, however, you do not have fund. You are finding it extremely difficult to pitch this to investor. Then you have an opportunity to showcase your entrepreneurial idea and making dream come true.

The prestigious, Indian school of Business (IBS), Hyderabad has announced 7th edition of iDiya - a social venture competition.

Deadlines: July 17, August 16, 2015

What is iDiya
iDiya is ISB's national Social Venture Ideas Competition. It was conceived in 2009 at the Indian School of Business by the Net Impact Club of ISB. Within six years, iDiya has come up as a promising platform for dynamic entrepreneurs with a social bent, from around the world to showcase their ideas to enthusiastic partners. Our social entrepreneurs are put through a rigorous 5-day boot camp that helps them grasp the foundation of a great business while interacting with various partners who guide them. These partners not only mentor the entrepreneurs during the boot camp held at ISB but also help them with the one resource most entrepreneurs feel holds them back in making their idea big – Funds.

Who are eligible to participate?
1. Anyone who has completed academic and working in a social venture, which is in existence for last six months but less than 5 years. 
2. NRIs meeting above criteria
3. At lest team size of two
4. The social venture mentioned above must be legally in existence i.e. a company or an LLP or any form of a legal incorporation (trust, NGO, Cooperative society etc,)

Who are these partners for iDiya?
There were 7 venture capitalist partners last year. They were:

1. Bharati Foundation

2. EdelGive Foundation

3. Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd (GVFL)


5. UnLtd India

6. Upaya Social Ventures

7. Venture East

What’s it about?

iDiya’s main objectives are:

  • Encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the social space
  • Be a platform for showcasing commercially viable, self-sustaining social business ideas in India
  • Provide mentoring, access to incubation and angel funds to convert the ideas into reality

How do we do that?
iDiya is targeted at professionals in India working in teams of 2 to 4 individuals. Teams submit an executive summary of their business ideas and plans, which are evaluated by student evaluators, faculty, investors and social VCs and social entrepreneurs. Submissions are evaluated on various parameters, including measurable social impact, the social need being addressed and sustainability of the enterprise.

Winners are invited to ISB for an intensive five day boot camp where industry experts, ISB faculty and local and national entrepreneurs help them train for challenges they would face in bringing their ideas and ventures to realization. Teams are interfaced with potential investors and are matched with entrepreneurs and organizations that will mentor them for a certain period post-boot camp.

Okay, so why participate?
The 6th iDiya Challenge was a huge success, with 125 teams submitting their ideas and 10 winners invited to the boot camp. The 7th ISB iDiya challenge promises to be only bigger and better in every way.

Apart from giving you a platform to showcase your idea, participating in the ISB iDiya Challenge will also help you identify possible avenues for ensuring your vision takes shape.

If your idea manages to convince the jury of its potential, and you are invited to the boot camp, you would be entitled to:

  • A five day all-expenses* paid boot camp for the top 10 teams where you will meet industry leaders, venture capitalists and business mentors
  • Top 10 teams will receive mentoring support after the competition. The mentoring board comprises of high-profile businessmen and organizations which will help you commercialize your idea.

In addition to the above we offer:

  • Assured mentoring from industry experts in round 2 of the competition
  • A place on the iDiya website for the top 20 participants.
  • Cash rewards:
    • 1st Place – Rs.2,00,000
    • 2nd Place – Rs.1,25,000
    • 3rd Place – Rs.75,000
  • A short feedback to the top 50 participants on their idea

Convinced! How to participate?

Step 1: Register on the website by signing up.
Step 2: Login with the credentials provided and submit the business ideas by uploading in the template that is sent during the registration process.
Step 3: You will then be taken to an online gateway where you can pay Rs. 2,500/-(INR) application fee via credit card or net banking.

  • Ensure that your browser’s popup blocker is disabled.
  • After entering your credit card/net banking details, please wait for the payment successful page to show up. If this page does not display, your card/bank account will not be charged.

sounds interesting. This investment of Rs. 2500 is worth. Apply and all the best

August 05, 2015

Apply or nominate for Young HR award in India

Getting awarded as an young HR leader is one of the most prestigious thing and work as a branding for you and also for your organisation.People matters and DDI has announced young HR Award "are you in the list"

Why it is important
Such award work as an HR branding tool for your organisation as well as do branding for you. Participation also provides lot of insight. you may also nominate somebody who is fit

About “Are you in the List?”

India's first initiative to identify Emerging Future HR leaders is back again!
After successfully sifting out the crème de la crème of young HR leaders for the last 3 years – People Matters initiative in association with DDI – “Are you in the list 2015” is back with yet another intense qualifying application process, with a series of assessments and a competitive race to find today's emerging leaders in HR. A platform for HR managers to showcase their potential and get recognized as the “Emerging Future HR Leaders”.
If you are a young HR leader or aspire to be one, and if the below criteria mirrors you – Be a part of the list!
  • Age group of 26- 35 (as on 31st January 2016)
  • Minimum work experience of 3 years. (as on 12th June 2015)
  • Working in HR role as on date
If you have it in you and want to better yourself, compete to be amongst the chosen “Emerging Future HR Leaders” in India, come join the list!

What is the process and how to apply

Application Process

Stage 1


1A (Online Application): Candidates register online by submitting their details and by following the online application process.
1B (Application Form): Applicants would be taking the Online Application test
1C (Virtual Simulation – iLead): The candidates will undergo a real life-like simulation test by KNOLSKAPE. This test will identify the candidates’ ability and readiness to be effective as an HR professional. The qualified candidates will proceed to stage 2 of the Awards process.
12th June – 26th August
Result announcement: 11th September
Stage 2


Cognitive Ability test: DDI’s Cognitive ability test will follow for eligible candidate which is a tool for online assessment of one’s cognitive ability as it relates to success on the job. The qualified candidates will proceed to stage 3 of the Awards process.
9th September – 18th September
Result announcement: 23th September
Stage 3


Leadership Assessment (Manager Ready): The shortlisted candidates undergo DDI’s online Leadership Assessment. This is a tool to identify the candidate's readiness to take managerial roles. The top candidates from this assessment will further proceed to stage 4 of the Awards process.
28th September – 13th October
Result announcement: 26th October
Stage 4


4A (Video Interview): The shortlisted candidates will be required to record their video, answering pre-determined questions on Video Recruit platform to assess whether the applicants display the required competencies for which the automated interviewing process is used.
26th October – 10th November

Vetting the Insights: This stage will involve scrutiny of the information provided by the shortlisted candidates on the basis of insights from the HR competencies. The shortlisted candidates will move to the next stage of the Awards Process
Stage 5


5A (Business Case Study): In order to further assess skills required to be a successful HR Leader, DDI will evaluate selected individuals on their business acumen by conducting a mini-assessment using a business case study method. This stage may also include a personality inventory which measures attributes or tendencies that can either enhance or derail one’s leadership effectiveness.
4th December – 18th December

5B (Face off with the Panel): This stage will sight a one-on-one meeting of the Jury with the finalists which will lead to identifying the Emerging Future HR Leaders of 2015.
4th January – 15th January
Stage 6

Awards & Recognition

The selected Top Emerging Future HR Leaders will be recognized in a formal event in the presence of HR veterans of the country.
22nd January 2016

For details, please visit:

Free online course in Social Entrepreneurship

Hi Friends,

Unfortunately, there are not many institutes in the world, specially in India where MBA or a course in social entrepreneurship is taught. 

Few of the institutes are:
  1. NMIMS, Mumbai (Diploma and MBA Social entrepreneurship- part time)
  2. MA Social Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai- Full time
  3. PG Diploma in development Studies, SP Jain, Mumbai, Part time
  4. IGNOU, MBA in social entrepreneurship (India)

There are few more institutes offering full time MBA in social entrepreneurship, but they are not recommendable. 

As you know, our course is a kind of MBA programmes with lot of theories and focus as an MBA rather than truly focusing on entrepreneurship. 

I am a fan of MOOC courses, they are really rich in course content, very practical and free of cost.  One of such course is "Social Entrepreneurship"  from Coursera. 

What is social entrepreneurship?
  1. Social entrepreneurship is the attempt to draw upon business techniques to find solutions to socialproblems. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs.
So you may have a business plan where you want to make profit for sure and not for charity. But, you want to do such a business which can bring a social change, this is social entrepreneurship.

Few of the examples in India
1. Dhruv Lakra, Mirakle Couriers

2. Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh Sauchalay

3. Anita Ahuja, Conserve India Anita and Shalabh Ahuja founded Conserve India as an NGO to recycle the waste in their neighbourhood that wasn't being managed by local authorities

4. Sumita Ghose, Rangsutra

5. Saloni Malhotra, Desi Crew (India's first rural BPO)

6. Ishita Khanna, Spiti ecosphere (Eco tourism)

7. Harish Hande, Selco (Affordable solar lighting solutions)

8. Dr/ Prof/ Dinabandhu Sahoo- Project Chilka (Increasing people's income level and also developing a carbon eating car)

9.Dr.  Madhav Chavan,Pratham (Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system. Established in 1995 to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, Pratham has grown both in scope and geographical coverage.)

10. Anshu Gupta, Goonj 
Popularly known as the Clothing Man, Anshu has done his Mass communications twice and masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector.  Anshu’s work with GOONJ goes to a core challenge of our times; the growing gap between the urban prosperity & rural poverty. His work has a game changing element in many ways; he has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it effectively and efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale development work on diverse issues; roads, water, environment, education, health etc. in some of the most backward and remote pockets of India. Not only is the so called urban waste addressing ignored basic needs it’s turning out to be a valuable asset for income generation. Bridging the massive gap of social and economic inequities between urban and rural India in an innovative way, Anshu has created a new dynamic focused on the receiver’s dignity rather than the donor’s pride.

12. Shaheen Mistri, Akanksha foundation and teach for India

13. Vinayak Lohaani, Parivar Ashram

14. Hariharan P .V. Agro-Biogenics (Clean-Tech) Pvt Ltd - Working toward Mitigating Global Warming and Poverty (GWP)

15. Late Prof. Banwari lal Sharma:
 Azadi Bachao Andolan that was led as peoples’ movement in different part of the nation against nuclear energy. The main aim of the andolan was to seek control of environment and its resources in the hands of local people. He also was a member of the movement in Orissa against Posco Steel as well as the spread of the multinational soft-drinks in the nation. He was one of the founding members of National Alliance of Peoples Movement as well as Swaraj Vidyapeeth at Allahabad. The Vidyapeeth worked with a focus of Jagrit Samaj promoting a new pedagogy.
I was lucky to meet him before he passed away. I feel really lucky now. 

Here is the course details

by Kai Hockerts, Kristjan Jespersen, Robert Austin, Anirudh Agrawal, Ester Barinaga, Sudhanshu Rai

Awarding body: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (Ranked as globally top 45 B schools in 2o14 by FT and average ranking of 39 (IIMs, NMIMS, JBIMS are not even part of top 200)

Course fee: Free

Duration: 12 weeks

Course outline:

Week 1 - Definitions of Social Entrepreneurship

Welcome back to the Social Entrepreneurship MOOC Week 1. During this week we will share some perspectives and definitions of Social Entrepreneurship by academics from the U.K and U.S to help you shape your personal understanding of this field. Finally and certainly not least, we will engage you in the "The 7-day challenge"

So you can see, there are lot of videos and questions to complete. 

Week 2 - Who is a Social Entrepreneur?

    At the end of this week, you should:
    • Have posted an initial idea for a social start-up or at least browsed ideas by others.
    • Have a good understanding of the role of empathy, moral judgement, self efficacy, and percieved social support as predictors social entrepreneurial behavior
    • Thought through one of the social problems outlined in this week's assignment.
I am not going to post more detailed curriculum as you can go through the coursera website and find it out. I am just providing for outline

Week 3 - How to Identify an Opportunity?

Week 4 - How to Build your Business Model

Week 5 - Applying the Business Model Canvas

Week 6 - The Purpose of a Business Plan

Week 7 - Selecting an Organizational Form

Week 8 - Attracting Start-up Funding

Week 9 - Measuring Social Impact

Week 10 - How Social Enterprises Communicate

Week 11 - Replication of Social Enterprises

Week 11 - Replication of Social Enterprises

Week 12 - Time to Submit Your Business Plan

The course is already over for current session, but if you are not interested for certification and focused on learning, you may download the course video and comments as well as responses of other participants. You may apply for next session of the course. I am sure you will love it.

Mumbai, August 03, 2015