How To Write a Resume – 20 Hot Tips – Part 2

July 5, 2011

in Business Writing

1. List All Your Positions

It may be the case that you have been with the same company for over 10 years and you lack diversity when it comes to cross company experience. In this is the case, list all the positions you’ve held within your present company and the different responsibilities you’ve been allocated through the years.

2. Remove Ancient information

That job you had in the sweet shop at the end of the road 20 years ago really isn’t relevant now. Stick to a 10-15 year history of adult work experience post education.

3. Don’t Lie

Make the truth sound exciting and sugar coat what you like, but don’t tell lies. Contrary to popular belief, HR departments do check up on their candidates. Don’t jeopardise your success but saying you have qualifications or experience you don’t.

4. Keep it Relevant

No one wants to know what your sexual preference is or the party you voted for in the election. Keep your resume to skills, work experience and education. Don’t mention irrelevant stuff, no matter how much your think it might help your application.

5. Get Rid of The Hobbies Section

Mentioning hobbies is old school and unnecessary. This antiquated section also takes up valuable space on the page. You might be proud of your fencing level 2 certificate, but your future employer doesn’t really care.

6. One or Two Pages

If you can’t keep your resume on one page then certainly don’t go over two. Most HR departments will simply ignore resumes over two pages long.

7. Use White Space Effectively

Your resume needs to contain maximum readability, and this means allowing the text to breathe on the page. Rather than squash text onto a page by reducing the margins, analyse your writing and see where you might be able chop things down a tad.

8. Leave Out The Flowery Border

It might seem like a good idea to catch an employer’s attention with flowers or pink paper, but it could be the deciding factor in your resume ending up in the bin. No coloured backgrounds and stick to common fonts.

9. Print Quality

You have spent hours getting your resume right, so don’t let your efforts down with substandard printing. Use a laser printer with a quality grade of paper.

10. No Slang

Stick to perfect English grammar. Don’t use trendy words or abbreviations that aren’t a staple part of the English language. Keep it professional at all times.

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