Debunking The Myths About Coding!

“Coding is difficult, programming is not everyone’s cup of tea, you can’t…”, blaah.. blaah.. blaah! Things keep coming, don’t they? Wherever there’s a fact there’s always a myth surrounding it too. In fact, Science has always begun with myths and with the criticism of myths. The thing about myths is that they are dangerous. Why? Because they stop progression and pull you back. So we’ll debunk such myths that are holding you back from becoming a successful programmer.
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Programming is for geniuses. I am an average student, not my cup of tea.
No! Not at all! Learning to code is not like jumping into the sea without knowing how to swim. Being a coder is more about your logical thinking and problem-solving abilities than your domain knowledge and smartness. For sure there’ll be problems in the world that only a handful of developers may be able to solve, but in general, all it requires is your dedication, sincerity, creativity and common sense.
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Oh and yes, you’re smarter than you think, so stop underestimating yourself and get out there and code.
 
Okay, I’ve convinced myself to code, but I’m sure I’ll never be able to catch up.
This is a common mindset that prevails in every new developer’s heart. Programming is an ocean of concepts, I’ve taken a plunge but how will I cross it? How will I catch up with the people who have been working on these challenges for years and years now? etc. To be frank, that’s the beauty of programming, you’re never really stuck up. It’s a constant learning process with tools, technology, and new languages coming up every day. So, what is the way out? Get the fundamentals right, throw in your own style and thought process, stay at par with the latest coding standards and tools and TADAA!!! You are killing it!
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Coding is only for computer science graduates.
One of the biggest myths ever! A big NO to that. Coding is for everyone. A degree or a certificate is not required to become a developer. In fact, the stats prove that 70% of the developers are self-taught! For instance, a stupid Electronics and Instrumentation engineer like me today writes code to fetch and analyze the data of Fortune 500 companies by creating models to give them insights and business strategies! Never did I learn to code, it became a necessity and it just happened! Hence, I say learning to code is not really a big deal but your patience and perseverance are what need to be big here.
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I must only learn the best programming language
There is no ‘best programming language’ as such. The best language is the one which suits your purpose. You cannot build an Android App by learning SQL fundamentals, can you? Obviously not. Choose your language with a purpose in mind. However, there are good languages to start off with learning how to code. Python is one such language, which is highly appreciated by the masses for their ease of readability, complexity and flexibility.
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Coding is not for the fairer sex!
Let me be upfront here, I’ve met several women coder in my life and let me tell you al of them are kickass! The rise of women coders throughout the world is an evidence enough to prove how they are racing all the way into the tech domain. Ada Lovelace, Grace Hooper, Marissa Mayer… you name it. Be it any field women are making their mark equally. You go, girl!
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The road won’t be easy, your path will be strewn with difficulties and challenges but winning over them is what makes a Coding Ninja doesn’t it? Get-set-code!

Stories Behind Famous Programmers

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‘Hello world!’, remember this output from the first program you ever wrote? I do, I’m sure you do too! Making the computer work on your instructions is a feeling that is inexplicable! So much control, power and exhilaration, ain’t it mate? Computer programming has come a long way over decades and changed the face of technology.This is a known and a well-accepted fact. But behind every successful phenomenon ( as I would like to call it) are a group of crafty hands who moulded it to perfection. These programmers were the biggest contributors to the path-breaking computer revolution and we’re here to give you a sneak peek into their lives.
 
“UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.”
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The golden words by none other than the Father of Modern programming language, Dennis Ritchie. His contributions as the creator of C programming language and co-creator of Unix were monumental. I can’t even begin to admit how indebted we are to him. For us, our entire universe revolved around C when we heard the word programming. Widely used in application developments, embedded systems and operating systems, C has a major influence over all the modern programming languages. Such a humble beginning and such a great impact I must say!
 
Ada Lovelace
This beauty with brains wrote the first algorithm ever. She gave us hope, she showed us the way to this glorious future! An English mathematician by profession, Lady Lovelace wrote the first algorithm for Charles Babbage’s first general purpose machine called the Analytical Engine. She has always been an inspiration for the female coders and we salute her.
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A billionaire, a business magnet, a philanthropist, a magician of the codes, PC Pioneer and the co-founder of the world’s largest personal computer software company. There aren’t enough words to describe this man who opened the ‘windows’ of the next level of software technology for the world. Believe it or not, for the first five years, he literally oversaw each code that went into the production! Such commitment, much wow!

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We owe C++ to this man! A Danish scientist who brought this wonderful language into our lives. Not only did he invent it but also helped it to evolve through stages. Turn to your basics of the C++ textbook and you’ll remember it all!
 
He created one of the most sophisticated and user-friendly languages which are widely used everywhere today. Still trying to remember? Okay, it’s like a new student’s buddy for life and a data monger’s half girlfriend (:P). Still confused? Okay a final one, the language shares it’s named with a ferocious reptile. There you got it, Python! He developed Python while working at Google and later joined Dropbox.

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What is common between languages like Euler, Pascal, Modula, Modula-2, Algol W,  Oberon, Oberon-2, and Oberon-07? They were all created by this pioneer of computer languages. Right from designing PL/0 which created the foundation of compiler design classes in universities to creating operating systems like Lilith and Oberon, this man did it all! Due to his innumerable contributions to the field, Wirth was awarded the prestigious Turing Award.
The name spells it all! Someone who created the biggest internet sensation of all times sitting in his dorm room. Nothing more, nothing less, this person is a sheer genius and today as we know it, Facebook is one of the world’s largest firms with multi-billion $ profits. We practically get up and sleep to Facebook notifications. This Harvard dropout is an employer everybody wishes to work for! Remember how he built a real Jarvis for himself with some complex and stupendous machine learning, IOT and AI efforts? What a time to be alive!

It’s not the language but the logic that matters

You cannot just start speaking Chinese if you don’t learn Chinese, can you? The thought of even picking up a ‘Dummy’s Guide to Chinese’ haunts you for life. But you’d love listening to a Chinese folklore in your language for that matter. So what is more important? The language or the rich cultural heritage and the beautiful stories that can be conveyed to you in any communication form (verbal, written, visual etc.)?
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Such is the age-old debate on the importance of programming languages in programming. Some say that the syntax is the soul of a language, while some argue that the logic and concepts are what really matter. Me? Well, I rest my faith on both of them partly and my version of the answer to the question is that the concepts have a higher hand than the language itself in programming. Why? Let us see:
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The commonality between languages:
All programming languages have one thing in common, the logic for solving a problem remains the same in every language. For instance, if you’re designing a calculator, the addition logic will not become a division with the change in language. A regression model built in R will not differ in logic when built in Python. This commonality brings all the languages together with a common aim of solving problems.
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Framework
For any computer language, you learn it’s framework, not just the language. The inbuilt functions, tools and overall form fitting of logic are what is more important in a language than the look and feel of the syntax. You can learn the formatting easily, but the framework is what will ultimately get your shit done!
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‘Coz logic is the key to everything
Once you ace the logic, you gain the super-powers to do anything. All that a programming language needs is love, your unconditional love for logic. Once you understand and know how to implement a logic to get the desired output, you’ve done it. You can then open up any language and all you need to do is change the syntax and not the logic. Long story cut short if you’ve enhanced your logical abilities you can learn any language. All that is needed is your sincerity and dedication.
So folks, what did we learn today? That programming languages don’t matter? – Nope, It’s not the language but what you aim to achieve through it is what matters. So get going and code, no stopping! Cheers!

5 reasons why you SHOULD’NT TAKE OUR ONLINE COURSES- Wait, what? :O

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Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world! Your education steers the boat of your life. But what if a high tide helped you sail faster, better and at an unparalleled speed? This goliath tide beats the challenges faced by the traditional classroom education and helps you battle the odds in your way of success. What is it called? Well, oh well ONLINE EDUCATION!
The continuously evolving methodologies of online learning have fueled its expansion immensely. Researches vouch that online education can be just as effective as a classroom education. And so the world of online education began expanding. There are a plethora of online coding courses out there. We at Coding Ninjas are also providing you a hassle-free, adaptive and excelling online courses to help you achieve your codes the panache it deserves. But you SHOULD NOT ENROLL WITH US! Yes, that’s correct. I mean why would you take our courses if you don’t want to experience:
  • An online classroom so good that you would never skip a class.
  • An education so convenient that you don’t even need to step out from your room to attend a class. Leave alone getting late and missing lectures.
  • With trainers so experienced that they’ve conquered Stanford University, IITs, IIITs etc. and have been master craftsmen with years of industry experience at companies like Facebook, Amazon, American Express, Times Internet etc.
Oh, wait, oh wait. I can go on forever like this. But let me give you 5 solid reasons as to why you SHOULDN’T ATTEND our online courses. YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULDN’T!
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1. Because who wants a learning experience so good that it propels you towards success.
Experienced, engaging instructors take you a jetpack joyride in our high-quality video lessons. Needless to mention there are highly engaging study materials, regular tests and one-to-one chat with mentors for doubts. Bonus? A Discussion forum with an interactive and super-talented coding community where you can find your code buddies and throw in your ideas!
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2. Because who needs a course with an Adaptive Technology and unending features.
Our courses are completely adaptive and dynamic in nature. You learn at your own pace and understanding. Our courses are aided with adaptive technology that helps you unlock the next level whenever you clear a base one. This helps you build your fundamentals right and gives you a holistic learning experience.  A steep learning curve all along!
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3. Because we make you practice hard to attain perfection
There will be a sea of problem statements, innumerable study resources and challenges to quench your thirst for problem-solving.   Code directly in the browser with our course assignments, bringing to life what you’ve learned and receive immediate, helpful feedback and code validation. Which ensures credible and secure exam delivery.
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4. Because when you have doubts we are ready to clear ’em off in a jiffy!
Individualized TA sessions for doubt clearing, live webinars to discuss problems, 1-on-1 mentor chats, discussion forums, groups chats…. let’s keep it going.
certified-Coding-Ninjas5.Because who wants an accreditation so strong and authentic that it shouts out your top ninja skills to the world
When you pass the course, you’ll receive a verified certificate that provides a level of comfort to those who may want assurance about the authenticity of your course work. You have a perfect alibi to your stellar coding skills.
Not convinced enough? Ah, I knew it! Well, I knew you were going to do it anyway. Fine, go on, register for our online courses and pave your way to a brighter future! Go, go hurry!
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Types of coders you’ll meet along your road to code!

Coders are the coolest people on earth. Each one comes with his/her own swag and distinct characteristics. In fact, I believe, there should be a dedicated field of sciences just to study them! No kidding, check out and decide for yourself.
Which one are you?
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  • The ‘Jugaad’ innovator: They live by their anthem ‘Get sh*t done!’ They will understand and fix your problems fast. They won’t care about code quality or indentation and will use duct tape if they have to but will always find a fix to the problem. Nevertheless, they actually write good code from time to time and are happy when other people refactor their code – as long as it works. Oh yes, statuary warning: THEY HATE PERFECTIONISTS!.
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  • The Perfectionist: This one can spend days on a task that takes a couple of minutes for Jugaadu guy but the resulting code is impeccable. His logic, codes, and indentations will put you to shame. Trust me, you never want this person to do your code reviews.
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  • The wise sage: He is the wise one with years of experiences in his pocket. He has seen it all and his advice is never to be ignored. He would cost 10X times a newbie but is an asset to the company. In a case of deadlocks, you seek wisdom from this great saint!
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  • The Code Nazi:He/She suffers from a serious case of code OCD and will frown upon your disorganized coding ethics. They won’t stand anything extra or less, just the right amount. They unquestionably prefer tabs over spaces and would have memorized the company’s style formats by heart.
  • Ctrl+C<->Ctrl+V: This copy-paste coders are mostly newbies who code ‘coz it’s cool! Shortcuts to everything is his first love and he would thank his seniors every day for backups and code versioning systems they left behind.
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  • The Coding Ninja: This one is our favorite! An absolute rock star who tries out new editors, frameworks, build tools, programming languages, and keyboards. He has that zest to learn and is really keen on trying out the latest stuff. He strives towards excellence and believes in learning by doing. Such coders are the explorers of technology and creators of the future. The one, we want you to be! Code like a ninja, be a Coding Ninja!!
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Be a code genin!

Codegenin_BLOG1A Genin is an inception rank in a Ninja’s career. A Genin is sincere and completely dedicated to the pursuit of his code. With great perseverance and discipline, a Genin ultimately evolves into a Coding Ninja. The evolution of a Code Genin to a Coding Ninja is an adventurous journey and every new challenge enhances their problem solving abilities as well as levels up the coding skills. Challenges make a Genin’s life interesting and overcoming the challenges is what makes them an ultimate Ninja.

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So how do you become a Code Genin?
You code and code and code! Complete our challenges and tests and make your spot on the leaderboard. Now, what’s a leaderboard? Well, it’s nothing less than your report card. It tells you where you stand among the other Genins. This doesn’t only infuse that competitive spirit in you but also makes you ready for the real time battle of the coders.
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A challenge always comes with a reward
Remember your school days? The first three top rankers of our classes used to win medals and shields for their highly meritorious performances. Similarly, the top three Genins will walk away with hefty cash prizes. More than the cash it’s the honor that you earn among your fellow coding mates making yourself closer to the designation of the Ultimate Coding Ninja.
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How it works
It will be a continuous evaluation process based on the challenges you solve, the problems of the day and other practice question sets. The leaderboard will be published bi-weekly and the top contenders will be chosen based on their performance in the challenges.
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Getting prepped up?
There is no substitute for hard work as they say. Solve as many questions as you can. Complete the challenges, take the tests and viola! Your hard work will definitely pay off.
It’s a fun learning by doing marathon where the winners take it all. What’s interesting about this format is that everybody here is a winner. Why? The spirit of the competition unleashes your full potential and as they say, more challenges = better skills.

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Are you ready to ride this ROAD TO CODE?

The Rise of Superwoman Coders!

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Women all around the world are turning the tables today be it any field. TechGig data shows that young women coders are overtaking men and guess what, they rank higher! The rise of women who code is an undeniably pleasant fact and over the years this has just gotten better. Not to mention, the first programmer was a lady!
She works hard, writes her code well. She’s independent and confident. She’s not the kept but one who does the keeping. Such a diva they are I tell you! Women Coders are just killing it in there.
What can Indian women coders teach the world?
The proportion of women coders in the tech industry is well over 30% in India today. You will be shocked to know that the racers of the Silicon valley have only about 21% of women techies in the org! StackOverflow revealed that Indian women are the highest responders to coding questions on StackOverflow in terms of geography.
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Women coders are excelling at scripting
Research shows that while men are still coding in the comforts of traditional languages, new-age women programmers are challenging the norm by coding in scripting languages as experts.
 
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The researchers at California Polytechnic State University and North Carolina State University saw that the Computer code written by women coders receive higher approval rating than the code written by men. It was also found that women programmers tend to be very calculative and methodical in nature. They are good at analyzing and breaking down a large problem into small parts.
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I’ve personally worked with women who code in India and in the USA and trust me when I say, they are much more organized and methodical than we men. One of my immediate client partners was a syntax and indentation Nazi and I still love the way she writes those codes. Not to mention, her logical and analytical reasoning is impeccable!
Women are the largest reservoir of talent in the world and the world needs to know this. One of the fastest ways of increasing GDP of a country is by getting more and more women into the workforce. We at Coding Ninjas salute the spirit of women coders and extend our best courses for them to harness their coding talents and turn into amazing coders. Let’s build a better, stronger and wiser community of women coders.
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Changing The World With Your Code

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Today most of the aspects of our modern lives are already being powered by software. This, in turn, is governed by code and by people who apply their skills to build a software. Codes play a pivotal role in our daily lives and have an immense impact on the man-machine interaction in our day-to-day lives. Ever since coding began in 1960’s, it has come a long way from having bottom line impact on business and scientific applications to transforming human lives and processes today.

Steve Jobs once said that the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who actually do. And we as coders are inherently crazy! After reading this blog you’ll have all rhymes and reasons to become a coder and bring about the change in the world.

  • A coder can build apps to solve simple problems in our day to day lives. From getting simple tasks like food ordering done to concierge and services, scheduling assistants, e-commerce and what not.
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  • You can redefine the entertainment industry by making cutting edge hi-tech games, apps and streaming channels.


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  • Redefining real world solutions with programming. Facebook/Whatsapp/Twitter which changed the way world connects started with a line of code. From redefining transportation with Uber to Organizing the World within a word called Google has all been made possible by the programmers.

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  • You will build algorithms that analyse data and transform the world. The harnessing of data to power the businesses of today is a story known to all.. As a coder you have a responsibility of demystifying the hidden secrets of data by your code spells. Today the world is going gaga over Bigdata and tera-data and your programs would be the solution to them.

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  • You can write programs to help automate machines. You can make your machine learn and run out of your codes.


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  • You can have the power! With your code you can literally control the man-machine ecosystem around you. Smart homes, drones, self driving cars, robots, Jarvis, Siri and what not. Well, that’s not it; with AI and IOT you can actually help them interact with each other. 

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  • Write programs to help the human and technology. Bionics, prosthetics, genetic sequencing, space and rocket sciences are few of the numerous fields which you can contribute to using just your code. You can build the future and transform the present with your code.


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There are endless possibilities to what you can build out of your code today.

We at Coding Ninjas strive to unleash your coding potential and help you drive transformation in technology and your life. Join us today for a life changing experience of conquering the world by learning to code. Internships, Job offers and prizes galore await your presence. Join us today for an amazing tomorrow. Always remember, a Ninja doesn’t take any shortcuts.

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Ninjas get ready for the ultimate Scholarship test of the year!

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Passion drives our souls but not everyone has the courage and the privileges to walk the roads less taken. But that one push at the right time of your life could give your career a jet-pack to success. That one little push can result in a huge leap in your life. This is where scholarships come in. We at Coding Ninjas are offering Admission & Scholarship Test to motivate, reward and financially assist deserving students.

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To answer this question, let me ask you few questions first.

-Are you truly passionate about coding?

-Have you ever felt that by pursuing your passion, you can change your life for good?

-Are you waiting for that one push to propel your career into the right direction?
If your answers are YES to all then this scholarship test is for you!
How does it work?
Well, we go back to the good old school online tests. The test will be held online on 29th March 2017 at 9 PM and will comprise of aptitude questions. The registration fee for the test is INR 100, which is completely adjustable against the course fee irrespective of scholarship offered.
Rewards?
Jet-set-go for a straight scholarship of up to 50% on our foundation courses to kickstart your coding journey. We’ve got an array of foundation courses to choose from. Full-time immersive education, live and hands-on projects and a 15:1 Mentor ratio makes learning with us a completely transforming and holistic experience. 
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 So, unleash your raging love for code and let the magic happen. Don’t think twice, just hit apply and gift yourself that amazing experience and an All Access Pass to a promising career.
Originality is the essence of true scholarship and creativity the essence of a true scholar!
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Tips for a kickass ninja resume

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“Will my resume make it or not?”
The question that pops up in every candidate’s mind when applying for a job or internship. Call it magic call it true but your resume is what you are for the Hiring Manager who has never met you before. A quick glance of 30secs by the interviewer decides your resume’s fate. It either gets selected or goes to trash!
So how does one make an impact in such short time? 
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Here are some tips and tricks by the eminent hiring professionals who tell what are the elements of a good eye-catching resume.
  • Customize: Today, customization is the key to a successful venture. The same holds true for your resume. Customize your resume to suite the job specifications. Do not blabber about stuff which is of no relevance, highlight the key skills required for the job and how crafty you are with them. Following the same old resume template and forwarding it to every employer doesn’t work. Concentrate on the keywords used in the job description, tailor your resume to be the closest possible fit and voila, you’re there.
  • Best comes first: One should always highlight the most relevant experiences as close to the top as possible.  It should not be halfway down the page, and definitely not somewhere near the bottom. With a blink of an eye, you know the recruiter is looking at the very top of your resume.

 

  • The strategic use of emphasis: Your resume will highlight your key strengths only if they are actually highlighted. Emphasize on the important stuff by the means of bold fonts and underlines. Personally, I advise everybody to use the 3 B Rule (Keep them bold, ❶ bulleted and brief)

 

  • Keep it simple silly: Your resume is a highly professional document, do not dress it up like a birthday card. Use of multiple colors, gaudy texts and backgrounds will only make it worse unless you’re a graphic designer(where you can actually showcase your imaginations). Keep it simple, straightforward and subtle.

 

  • Focus on the relevance: As your experience grows, your resume will become longer. What needs to be kept in mind is that the interviewer is not there to read a theater script, keep the content in resonance with the job description.

 

If you know you’re qualified for a position, your resume should make it easy for a recruiter to find evidence of this. Place everything appropriately, move your strengths to the top, and don’t be afraid to show off in the rest of your resume. Get going, make yourself a Ninja’s resume!

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