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Do's and Don'ts of Resume

Tips of Effective Resume

To develop a well formed resume, here are some tips to develop a well formed resume.

  • Your accomplishments should be described in such a way that is self explanatory. What you have done in the past gives employers the clues and expectations about what you can do for them in the future.
  • Give your resume the length that's appropriate for your career situation and should also be aligned with the Industry requirements.
  • Don't use ''I'' or any other pronouns in writing your resume. Resume should be written using powerful action verbs.
  • Mention relevant previous jobs but ideally concentrate on how you will pursue your career.
  • Complete sentences should be avoided. Look for ways to economize on words. Use short, bulleted statements that pack some punch and can be easily absorbed by reader.
  • Make draft of your resume and then revise it several times. All good writings happen in rewriting. In first attempt you cannot make a perfect document.
  • Make sure that the writing in final version is perfect. There's no excuse for errors or faulty grammar. These are not good in a resume, as they reflect poorly on you.
  • Don't rely exclusively on spell-check feature of your computer. If spelling and grammar are not your strong points, get someone else to bring a fresh proofreading eye to your resume.
  • Produce your resume on a computer or word processor, and print it using laser, ink jet or quality letter printer. Don't even think about writing it by hand.
  • In designing your resume, use lots of white space. It makes the document simpler to read and navigate.
  • Use boldface sparingly in your resume in order to give headings.
  • Print your resume on a high quality paper preferably white.
  • Remember that your resume is work in progress. Don't hesitate to revise your resume to fit your objectives if they shift or change as you move forward in your search job.
  • Things to Avoid in a Resume

    Resume writing requires a lot of thinking and consideration as there are lots of choices and options in developing an effective and distinctive resume, However, there is still some of that old conventional wisdom about resume writing that is hanging around like humidity after a thunderstorm. It is time to blow it away forever. Following are some guiding tips, about what are things that should be left out in order to make resume work. The average employer gives a resume a 30 second review before examining it more carefully. To give your resume the edge, here are some suggestions on what to leave out of your resume if you want it to work for you:

  • Don’t label your resume with the word resume. As it is obvious.
  • Salary history or information, should not be included, it should be saved by its contents for personal conversations and interviews.
  • Personal statistics should not be included other than the contact information that is needed at the top. Leave out things like height, weight, health, marital status and parenthood status.
  • References are not given, it is mentioned that they will be available on request.
  • Don’t include photograph unless it is required, or it is advertised in job slot description.
  • Don’t include hobbies or interests unless they support your job objective. Save these for networking and interviews and use them to enrich your conversations.
  • Resume with spelling, typing, or grammatical errors should be avoided. First impressions are critical. Mistakes on a resume indicate carelessness on part of employee. Proofread your resume before it is printed and before it is mailed!
  • Corrections or notes should not be done or printed resume. Resume should always be completely typed. A laser printed copy is preferred.
  • Too many resume’s are mailed without cover letters and wind up on the wrong desk with no indication of what position is being applied for. So always send a cover letter along with your resume.
  • Be honest and give correct information in your resume do not stretch the truth. Hiring authorities will call your previous employers to verify your work experience.
  • Resumes should not be folded, stapled, or taped. For mailing, use large envelopes in order to keep your resume and cover letter flat.
  • Currently where a person is working, he should avoid using present employer's fax, e-mail, envelopes, or mail department to send resume.
  • Don't use a resume that looks cluttered or lacks white space. Remember, an employer will first glance at your resume. If it is not neatly organized with information quickly available, it will probably not be read. Therefore in order to write an effective resume all the above points should be taken into consideration and a precise and well formed resume should be made.