Resume Dos and Don’ts
Your resume is the first thing an employer sees before meeting you. Having a poorly written or typo-laden resume can keep you from ever getting an interview. Follow these 10 Dos and 10 Don’ts of resumes to impress future employers and get that crucial phone call for an interview.
1. Thoroughly check for spelling and grammar mistakes. This is absolutely imperative, as no employer wants to hire someone who turns in sloppy, unedited work.
2. Be 100% honest. Stretching the truth will get you nowhere, as these days it can be very easy to find out a lot of information about a person by doing a simple Internet search. Also, if you have to lie to get a job, then you most likely were not qualified for it and will not be successful.
3. Keep paragraphs short and all information clear and concise.
4. Use words that invoke action, like managed and developed, so that the potential employers see you as someone who takes charge.
5. Use traditional font and black ink. If you are mailing the resume in, always use high-quality white or ivory paper.
6. List everything about you that is relevant to the job like technical skills, special training, military service, and community service work. You want to stand out and be unique.
7. Put your name and contact information at the top of your resume. You want the hiring manager to know who the incredible resume is about!
8. Use professional language and avoid any slang or other unfamiliar jargon.
9. Update your resume often to include new qualifications or work achievements.
10. Sell yourself without being over the top or arrogant. List accomplishments and the rest will speak for itself.
1.Use personal pronouns such as “I” or “me.”
2.Include previous salaries. This can be discussed when you are asked during salary negotiations.
3.Be vague. Use numbers whenever possible to tell the hiring manager exactly how you contributed.
4.Only list job responsibilities. You want to also explain about projects you worked on and how you contributed.
5. Include reasons why you left a job. The manager may ask at your interview, but this is unnecessary information for your resume.
6. Staple your resume. Avoid using staples and if at all possible, keep your resume to one typed page.
7. Include letters of recommendation or transcripts unless they are specifically asked for.
8. Explain gaps. You can do this during the interview process and in your cover letter, but should not be done so on your resume.
9. Write a novel about each job. Be as clear and concise as possible so it is easier for hiring managers to quickly scan.
10. Make anything up. You should always be 100% truthful on your resume.
Follow these 20 simple guidelines and you will be able to craft the perfect resume to get you the job you want!