HOW TO WRITE A RESUME
When you write a resume, you should write it carefully. Everything, from the kind of paper, type of font, to the selection of sentences needed to write it. A well-written is important because it is needed to be called for a job interview. You can interpret it as a way to convince your employer that you're adequate for the job even though he/she will confirm it in the interview. We will give you general and specific tips to help you build your resume. It takes time, patience, effort, dedication, common sense and organization. This is why you will see a list of what you should and shouldn't do with your resume. Enjoy it.
- Use a different type of font. You don't necessarily have to use a usual font like the Times New Roman. Just avoid using extravagant fonts because you don't want to appear too informal.
- List your work in chronological order, from the newest job position to the oldest one. Your employer will want to know what kind of position you currently hold now. A high level job position is certainly better than an entry level one!
- Remember that employers take around twenty seconds or less to review a resume. This is a short amount of time; so, do your best to arrange your resume in a way that is readable. This is why you should use power words.
- This shouldn't be mentioned, but you should proofread it carefully and constantly. Allow yourself some time to proofread your resume after you have written it. Sometimes it's a day, sometimes it is two days. You will be impressed to know that there is always something else to edit.
- Use numbers wherever possible. People like numbers. If you've sold a lot of items, state how much. If you're a salesperson, you certainly want to say something like that.
- Update it whenever possible.
- Include all types of contact information: cellphone number, home number, fax number, and e-mail address. You certainly want your employer to contact you for a job interview whenever possible.
- Limit your resume to one page only. Sometimes, if you consider it absolutely necessary, you can write a two page resume. A three-page resume is just too much.
- Don't include personal information like height, weight, religious beliefs, political affiliations, age, marital status, etc. Companies can't request this kind of information because they don't have anything to do with the way you work.
- Don't be redundant and vague. Your employer already knows what you're capable to do; so, list the next thing that you can do best.
- Don't list an e-mail address that looks like email@example.com. Rather, use an email address where your name and your last name appear. Formal but classy.
- If there is something that you partly know how to do it and yet, you are attempted to include it in your resume, don't do it. If you are hired and your employer requires you to do this task, you may have to explain that you're not as knowledgeable about the matter as you implied you were.
- Don't be modest. List all your accomplishments; especially those who are highly relevant to the job position that you're holding.
- Don't include your previous salaries.
- Don't leave your resume poorly structured. Use a good resume format.
- Don't be ambiguous. Be concise when describing the kind of tasks that you had to perform.