Difference Between Resume Making and Resume Building

In order to understand the difference between a resume making and resume building first we need to know what Resume is:

Resume is a marketing documents which is used to make a favorable impression on the recruiter. This is the first point of contact so make sure that it is impressive and to the point. A Resume is a detailed summary of your credentials which greatly assist you in various arenas of your professional life. The sole purpose of your resume is to sell your credentials for the purpose of employment. Your Resume is to get you an interview, not a job! . An Interview call means your resume has made a favorable impression and your qualifications and experience have been found to be appropriate for the assignment. The thought of having to write a resume can be daunting for the most seasoned of players and even more in the current job market, so for fresher who wouldn’t know what to include, what to leave out and what format to followed can be a big dilemma. There are times when Resume is sent through e-mail, that’s when the need to know basics of E-mail Etiquette’s comes into picture. You can know more about resume making here.

Resume making is mainly putting your achievements on a sheet of paper. It has more to do with the structuring of your details. It can be done on a short period of time. While resume building is a continuous and a complex process which should begin very early and spread over a period of 3 to 4 years.. It is the act of visualizing the content of your resume.

So when should the task of resume building begin?

Ideally, when a student enters his/her graduation course and set her/her professional goal. The student should visualize what their resume should contain and start working towards achieving them, Let us now understand what should the resume contain and more importantly why? To answer this question, we need to think from the point of view of the interviewer. It is very common for any student to be tensed before a job interview. It is because, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the type of questions that he/she might have to face in the interview. It is possible for a student to exercise control over the type of question they might have to face, at least to a certain extent. Yes that true but this can only happen when they start focusing on resume building.

Now this can happen if your resume has all these content:

  • Internships : Where a student will have a short term work experience in any company to get some entry level exposure to a particular industry or field. It is as much as learning experience as it is work. Here students spend their time on specific project of their interest, learning about the field, networking and developing hard and soft skills.
  • Workshops : This is where a teaching staff presents theme or concepts or the development of a skill related to the course of the study. Workshops gives more hands on learning however also allow more discussion, debate, interaction and presentation on a given topic.
  • Seminars: It is an important part of an academic program where a group of advanced students studying under a professor with each doing original research and all exchanging results through reports and discussions.
  • Project : This is nothing but a learning by doing. Students needs to do many mini projects and major project in their final here. This will give them exposure and deeper understanding of the concepts . A project is a chance to immerse yourself in a more ‘active learning’ experience. It will include activities such as planning, researching, creating, thinking critically, building, testing, and reporting.
  • Self Study: Using self-study, students are able to go beyond simply learning what their class textbooks and instructors teach them. By practicing self-study, they are encouraged to further explore topics they are interested in, developing stronger study skills as a result.
  • Paper presentation: Paper presentation is a technical event which is an individual competition where each participant is required to make a paper about a given topic or area, and then present it in front of the juries. It involves extensive research and originality.
  • Proactive technical orientation: The Technological  Orientation scale measures the tendency or habit of seeking to increase one’s repertoire of skills and uses of technology-based resources and programs; toward valuing the Internet and other technological means of accessing credible sources of information or researching a problem; toward being interested in staying current and learning about new technologies.

You are literally telling the Interviewer the areas to ask you questions from. Isn’t this better than having theoretical knowledge and being scared of the interview? When the questions are from your area of interest , your experience and efforts, should you be worry about technical excellence, inferiority complex. going blank or low confidence? Resume building helps you to build confidence and that lead to success. As the saying goes ” Failing to plan is equal to planning to fail”.

If a student understand the basic difference between resume making and resume building , he not only become successful and confident but will be prepared to face any tough situations with ease.


27 Replies to “Difference Between Resume Making and Resume Building”

  1. wow…we hardly pay attention the difference between the to terms and use them interchangeably. When we are confident about the information we have provided in our resume then there is no room for getting scared. Resume building helps you to build confidence and that lead to success.- this line explains it all.

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  2. Swati, this is really informative and helpful for every student who is looking forward to making their resume. I am going to share with my brother who is looking for such guidance.

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  3. Loved this post Swati and I agree that a well made resume is one of the first step to present yourself well and increase your chances to get hired. you have written it so well and share useful tips for proper resume building that will surely increase the chances of success for students.

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  4. This was quite informative. I have been a part of the corporate world for a decade and yet this was something that caught my interest. Will be sharing it with others too. Looking forward to more such blogs.

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  5. This is such a detailed post Swati and we often interchange the terms. Some of nieces and nephews are graduates and into the phase of resumes and job finding… Will share your post with them.


  6. This post a surely given me clarity, my nephew is looking for job options and is focus on only resume making. I need to share this with her and encourage her to focus on resume building instead

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  7. I wish I had a mentor like you to guide me through my college days, Swati. These are such great tips to understand resume building. I’ll share this with my friends and family.

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  8. A lot of attention needs to be given to Resume Building as distinguished from resume making, as you have highlighted. A good resume is half the battle won.

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  9. That’s very insightful post about difference between resume making and resume building. Learn a lot and clear many doubts about resume building

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  10. Resume making I guess is for students who are just beginning to make it for the first time and building is all about adding on skills and knowledge we gain over the years with experience and enriching the resume with it. I loved how this post of yours is so useful for the ones who are looking to work on this.

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  11. I didnt know that both these terms are different. In fact many of us use it almost synonymously. A resume is the first tool to market self for a job and so it should have precise information.

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  12. As usual a very insightful post. We hardly take care of such differences that can seem to be minor but actually have a major impact in our career.

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