Do’s and Don’ts for a winning resume.
The purpose of your resume is to sell yourself, gain an interview and ultimately a job.
- Spark the reader’s interest. Sell yourself. Make it easy for the reader to contact you
- Provide an accurate, honest summary of your experience, skills and achievements (include a maximum of the past 15 years)
- Demonstrate how you could add value to the prospective employer
- Keep it short (3 pages), easy to read, font size 12
- Include short statements with dot points, not long wordy sentences
- Use perfect grammar and spelling (Have someone else proof read.)
- Include appropriate titles, keywords and action words (created, solved, managed)
- Speak with numbers (increased turnover by 185%, managed a team of 35, was responsible for a sales budget of $25Million)
- Avoid jargon and industry acronyms
- Tailor your resume to the requirements of each job
- Include personal information such as age, marital status, race, religion
- Add hobbies and interests unless they are a definite asset to the job or employer
- Include negative statements or irrelevant information
- Use up space unnecessarily with fancy text or pictures
- Over use capital letters, underlining or bold
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