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 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 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.