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October 5, 2017updated 18 Jul 2018 11:21am

The 5 Dos and Don’ts to Résumé Writing

Henry Kerali provides the quintessential checklist to resume writing

By Staff Writer

1) Don’t Recycle your Resume – Always Modify and Adapt

Applying to jobs can be an arduous process. Oftentimes finding a new role could be considered a job in itself – submitting applications again and again. It would be easier and more convenient to send off the same resume to multiple jobs at the same time.

However, each job, regardless of whether you’re applying to similar positions, has different specifications. Always modify and adapt your resume. It may be time-consuming, but it makes all the difference. Pick out the relevant keywords from the job description and portray those skills in your resume. If the role requires someone who has strong time management skills, highlight in your resume how good you are at managing time, and show examples.

2) Place Your Most Relevant Experience at the Top

When writing your resume, ensure your most relevant experience is placed at the top where you clarify your roles and highlight the values you added to each previous company. Remember, your resume is not just about bulleting your responsibilities in previous roles; this is your chance to show how you can apply what you’ve done in the company you’re applying to. Hiring managers will pay cursory attention to your resume, so it’s vital to grab their attention from the start.

3) Make it Punchy

As hiring managers go through a litany of resumes, it’s important to make yours concise and to the point. Make it punchy – you want managers to learn as much about you in a short amount of time. Writing a good resume is a fine balancing act; you want to showcase all your talents while condensing your experience in a page or two. By making it concise and readable, hiring managers are much more likely to pay attention to your resume. Remember, they’re only going to spend seconds scanning it – make those seconds count.     

4) Don’t Lie

We all might be guilty of embellishing certain points on our resumes. However, it’s crucial to note that there’s a fine line between embellishing the truth… and lying. When it comes to resume writing, don’t lie about your past achievements. Hiring managers are trained to spot lies and scrutinize anything that seems questionable.

Once you make it to the interview stage, the interviewer won’t know you as a person, all they’ll know is what you’ve presented in your resume. If they find you’ve lied about your achievements, you’re only wasting their time and ultimately yours. Always highlight the work that you’ve done. Never underestimate the value of your achievements.

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5) Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

A good resume is all about making lasting impressions. You might write the perfect resume that fits the bill, but one typo can make all the difference between being called in for an interview, or your resume being tossed away. So the fifth and final tip is simple: Proofread, Proofread, Proofread.

There are many proofreading techniques you can use to ensure your resume is in top shape:

  • Read it aloud – reading out loud can help identify any mistakes
  • Read backwards – When reading forwards, you naturally process the information you’re taking in. Reading backwards eliminates thought-processing and forces you to look at the words as they appear on the page
  • Depending on time, step away and review again later – It’s always beneficial to take a few moments to step away and look at things later. Upon second review, you may spot a mistake you hadn’t seen before
  • Proofread multiple times, each time for different types of mistakes (e.g. once for spelling, once for grammar, once for typography)

 

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