Resume Dos and Donts
Resume Do's and Dont's
When resume writing, ensure that you:
- Use action words, such as developed, managed and designed.
- Keep paragraphs under seven lines. Since resumes are often scanned by recruiters, it has a better chance of being read if it is condensed.
- Be honest.
- Check thoroughly for grammar and spelling mistakes. It's a good idea to have a friend look it over for unnoticed mistakes.
- Use normal margins (approx 2 cms on top and bottom, approx 2.5 cms on sides).
- Make sure your resume is clear and visually pleasing.
- Make your resume unique. List technical skills, certificates awarded, professional memberships, military experience, travel and community work if it relates to the job you are seeking.
- Be vague. Use percentages and numbers wherever possible, such as "Cut subsidiary costs by 25%, saving the company $1,400 for the fiscal year."
- Be too focused on job duties. Go above and beyond, listing the new programs you took part in.
- Write about inappropriate and unnecessary personal experiences. Always pertain your activities to the job you are seeking.
- Use personal pronouns, such as "I" and "me."
- Include copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation or awards.
- Include reasons you left your previous job.