Your resume is the first impression an employer will have of you – make it count! Here are some tips for writing a great resume..

DO


  • Do proofread your resume carefully.
    Grammatical errors, misspellings, and typos indicate a lack of attention to detail.
  • Do be specific about your accomplishments.
    Employers don’t want a list of job duties, they want to know what you’ve accomplished in your activities.
  • Do be original.
    Hiring managers view hundreds of resumes every day. If you want yours to stand out, don’t use the same format or template as everyone else.
  • Do omit irrelevant details.
    Only include what is directly relevant to the job for which you are applying.
  • Do be gender specific.
    If you have a gender-neutral name, you may want to indicate gender by using a title (Mr. or Ms).

DON'T


  • Don’t overdo it.
    Your resume should be no longer than a page-and-a-half.
  • Don’t use colored paper.
    Many companies will photocopy your resume, and dark or textured paper does not reproduce well. Stick to white or cream-colored paper.
  • Don’t use clichés or buzzwords.
    Employers encounter countless self-motivated team players. Terms like these have become generic and trite; remember that there is more than one way to describe your experience.
  • Don’t lie.
    Moral implications aside, chances are you will eventually be found out and lose all credibility.
  • Don’t exclude your job objective.
    Describing your career goals clearly and concisely shows that you are focused and have a sense of direction.
  • Don’t be overly specific in your job objective.
    Including a specific job title may result in you not being considered for a number of positions for which you are qualified.

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