The Do’s and Don’ts of Resume Writing
These days it seems there are new rules and trends in resume writing every single day. I thought things would get easier as I got older, but I was obviously wrong.
Here are a few tips and tricks that will tell how to write a resume in a professional and modern way.
The Do Not’s:
• Don’t include all your personal information in the resume, unless asked. Things like Date of birth, marital status, etc., are not necessary, and many companies and organisations don’t need to know this.
• Give facts backed by real world examples. Instead of saying I am good at this, say Because of doing this work I have excelled in that. Don’t give vague statements – they need to be backed by evidence.
• Unless it is an IT related company, don’t use a PDF format. Word .doc/.docx files are best.
• Tailor make your resume for each job. This doesn’t mean you have to start from the beginning every time but change your experiences and skill order in a way that they address the job requirements and satisfy them completely. This will make the interviewer’s job much easier, and they will remember you. It leaves a big impression.
• Don’t use a plethora of different texts, formats, and colors. Stick with one of each throughout the resume. It has to look professional. Just Google whichever font is “in” at the time and go with it.
• How long is too long for a resume? Five pages. Three is the standard, and four is the upper limit, which should only be reached if you have some specials skills that are specific to the job you’re applying for.
• What is written in a resume? All information that could be relevant to the job in any way. Include links to your websites, social media profiles like Twitter, LinkedIn, or your blog if you have one. But make sure to clean up your profiles beforehand. This is where Facebook can be more of a problem, than an advantage. Remove any offensive jokes or memes. As a general rule, the funnier I think they are, the more they have to go.
• Quantify your achievements. Give numbers, specifics, interviewers love that. For example, increased traffic by 40%, increased sales by $20,000.
• Contact your references and give them a heads up.
• Proofread and spell check your resume over and over. Use third party software’s like Grammarly which even comes with an add-on for Word and your browser. Even ask a family member of friend to proofread for you.
• You can even use a resume writing service, but that’s completely on you. I prefer to write my own, and so far, I have had great luck.
• In the cover letter, you need to introduce yourself. Match your skills to the job requirements, tell them what you are looking for in a job. What do you expect from the company. Make it interesting. Fulfill the selection criteria as much as you possibly can.