Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Winning Resume
Make your resume stand out from the crowd
A well-written and professional resume plays a crucial role in your job search. They are means of conveying your credential’s and accomplishments to stand out from the crowd.
The major objectives while writing your resume are:
1. To convey a compelling picture of your professional value.
2. To get selected for an interview.
THE DO’s and DONT’s:
|THE DO’s||THE DONT’s|
|Include PROFESSIONAL PROFILE instead of objective statement as recruiters want a message that summarizes your professional background and accomplishments.||Don’t include experiences that are not relevant to the job. Also be cautious about listing outdated experience (high school) or volunteer work.|
|Highlight Your Most RELEVANT EXPERIENCES : Always write your recent jobs first. Tailor and target your resume depending on the position you are applying for.||Eliminate excessive words which add no real value to your resume. Also avoid exact wordings from the job description. You don’t want it to look like a copy and paste.|
|Use RIGHT KEYWORDS to optimize for Applicant Tracking Systems.|| CHOOSE WORDS Carefully:
1. Try to avoid using cliches or jargon like hard worker, team player or detail-oriented.
2. Do not use negative phrases.
| Keep FORMATTING Simple:
1) Stick to 9-12 point font.
2) Use traditional font, i.e. Times New Roman.
|Do not have any typos or grammatical mistakes as it paints a negative impression.|
|Use DATA: Quantify your accomplishments. Remember recruiters love numbers.||Don’t include too much personal information (religion, birthdate, relationship, hobbies, etc).|
|UPDATE your resume regularly even if you are not actively looking for a job so that you will be ready to apply immediately when you see an opening of interest.||Don’t try to hide gaps in employment or education. Be Honest and confident.|
|Stick to one page or maximum two pages. Recruiters spend a maximum of 15 seconds on each resume, so refine your information to the most relevant data.||Don’t try to squish all information into one page. Cut it down and craft the resume based on the job. A good interviewee will have multiple resume versions to cater to the specific job requirements. Do not include references unless requested.|
Your resume is the brand YOU, so spend some quality time customizing and refining your resume. Craft a resume that creates an impression on the hiring manager. Remember a recruiter spends only 15 seconds on a resume. A winning resume will stand out from the crowd and get you an interview.