Writing a resume is not an easy task. And writing a great resume is even more difficult and time-consuming. With this in mind, we have developed a list that aims to help you figure out how to stand out from the crowd with your resume. What is a must in your resume and what should you try to avoid? See our Do’s and Don’ts to figure it out.
- Tailor your resume to the specific job
Be sure to include only work experience that is relevant to this position. Include the company’s name and use phrases from the industry that you are applying for.
- Create a clear resume structure
Organize the sections in reverse-chronological order and have clear headings. Leave enough space between the different parts of your resume, so they don’t mix up.
- Keep a consistent format
Use one font with 10-12 font size for the text throughout the whole resume. Bold the titles of the sections to highlight them and make your resume easier to read.
- Use keywords from the job description
Read carefully the job description and underline relevant keywords that the employer has used. Use those same terms and keywords when writing about your experience.
- Focus on positive results and accomplishments
Include accomplishments and results that will set you apart from your competition and show that you are good at your job.
- Quantify your experience whenever possible
Numbers speak louder than words. Include numbers and percentages whenever you can to clearly showcase your results.
- Don’t make your resume too long
Keep your resume up to 2 pages long. Use bullet points instead of whole sentences to save space and make it clear to follow.
- Don’t include irrelevant information
Don’t add every single position that you have had if it is not relevant to the job you are applying for. Don’t list certificates that are not relevant.
- Don’t use clichés
Phrases like “a fast learner” tend to be used too often and are not perceived well by employers. Instead, focus on your unique abilities.
- Don’t make general claims
General claims such as “good communication skills” often give no information and are meaningless if they are not illustrated with examples.
- Don’t use eccentric templates and colours
The resume is a formal document and should be perceived as such. Using different colours and unusual templates can be perceived as inappropriate.
- Don’t skim through the job description
Read every part of the job description thoroughly as it may contain some extra information about qualities and skills that are important for the employer.