Why are Indian resumes so long?

Krishna at Thought Clusters shares his thoughts:

The simplest reason is: Indians have long resumes because they simply don’t know any better, i.e., they have not seen resumes prepared by the typical American programmer. In fact, these resumes (while in India) also have other kinds of personal details, such as the person’s date of birth, passport number, names of parents and so on, which people quickly learn to discard after arriving in the United States. Most people who write their own resumes have no clue what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for. Most Indian immigrants who come to US use a friend’s resume as a template and just put in all the information that may be appealing to someone reading it. When they complete a project, they simply add the details of the new project to the existing resume, very rarely deleting old projects. From a job search engine standpoint, this may actually be useful in getting more resume views.


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Posted on January 16, 2009, in DesiPundit, india, recruiting and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I am just trying to understand why people are so critical (of others) & not of themselves?

    See my comments on Krishna’s blog here

  2. Hmm.. yes we have unnecessary information in the resumes, however, what really gets us going is not being able to pin point and differentiate accomplishments from our activities…

    However, I have to mention that this is the case only wrt American resumes. However, if we compare with a European style of resume or the generic Asian resume, we are not too bad.

    Now, there’s obviously the question that which is better, and that is absolutely subjective – are you applying to an American company, Indian company, European company, etc?

  3. Hi Gautam,

    How true this is. Our resumes are quiet unnecessarily long.

    But i also feel that recruiters (hiring companies / corporates etc) should actually lay down their guidelines of how a resume should look for a hiring position and strictly enforce it.

    Any hiring company on rolls of a corporate, willing to hire suitable people, should also ensure that th guidelines be adhered to by all canditates applying for the position advertised for, otherwise dont encourage candidates who don’t follow set guidelines.

    This way the resumes will be crisp and to the point and not ambiguous.



  4. The issue is not so much about resumes as it is about brevity. Noticed long-winded explanations (with repetition) in many Indian languages? It’s a culture thing.

    Eg: Come come. Sit sit. (aao aao. baitho baitho)

    So much so that I have often been called rude because I answer questions as briefly as possible. 🙂 I am supposed to go into detail.

    In some other cultures, people will find that insulting, as if I am underestimating their intelligence.

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