Writing a Resume: Try these Tips

Why do you write a resume? Simple, it’s your means to tell your potential employer why you are the best person for the job. However, there are so many things that can get in the way of preparing a resume. Mistakes abound in many of your resume. Let’s list them out for you so that you can be extra careful next time.

A resume is created so that that it’s easy for a hiring manager to gauge if your fit for the job on offer. So, it is important to modify your resume according to each job you apply. Concentrate on the instances that speaks well about your skills required for the particular job.

Avoid mistakes. Get help from your family members, friends, or mentors to proof read your resume and provide honest feedback. Bank on a new perspective to review your resume. Read it from top to bottom or from the right side of a line to the left. Read it out loud. This can help you in finding phrases that don’t make sense.

Too long
Stay short. We mean, don’t keep your resume too long. Point out your selling points that are relevant to the job. Avoid details that have no relevance.

Opt for a good format so that your potential employer can read the document easily and process information quickly. Avoid too many fonts. Set adequate margins, use bullet points to break paragraphs that list your accomplishments, and make sure all sections are distinct.

Name on Header
Avoid using MS Word’s header feature; using the header feature will make your name appear automatically at the top of every page of your resume. Lot of scanning software used by HR departments won’t work on headers and footers so your resume could get lost in the shuffle.

Throw in relevant keywords. But then, don’t use one keyword in every sentence and don’t use keywords just fir the sake of it.

Tell the employer how you stood out from the others in your past company. Jot down responsibilities instead of accomplishments.

Be clear
Abstract verb phrases are a strict no. Use dynamic words. Remember to provide evidence for your statements. Don’t beat about the bush.

Be Different
Throw in something different in your resume. Add a link to your online portfolio or a quick response code. Include something that loads fast and visually professional.

Don’t lie
Hiring companies usually conduct background checks and online research to verify a resume. So don’t lie about your educational qualifications and experience. Also, don’t exaggerate too.

One thought on “Writing a Resume: Try these Tips

  • June 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Yeah avoid types, keep it short and sweet (max 2 pages for me), make sure it’s laid out and designed well (plenty of white space, clear font and not too cramped together), use buzzwords and keywords taken from the job advert, even if you don’t have all the experience they need tell them what else you DO have and why it can benefit them.

    Another thing to consider if it all seems too much is to get a pro to review your current one or write it for you. I used these guys http://tiny.cc/cvimprovement and worked wonders, unemployed for 6 months to working 2 weeks later. Was a bargain too! 😀

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