Writing resumes is daunting task especially if you haven’t written one before or have no clue of what works and what does not. While different employers look for different attributes in a resume, there are some common do’s and don’ts that a candidate should keep in mind when applying for a job.

Resumes in 2013 are somewhat different than how they were in 2012 and previous years. Some employers state that a resume created on a template puts them off completely as it shows lack of effort. While this may be true in some cases and not others, it is safe not to use a prescribed template. Refer below for a list of points that a candidate need to keep in account while choosing a template and writing resume in 2013:

➜ In order to ensure name recognition, consider removing your middle name when writing on a resume

➜ List your complete address and mention only one telephone number as opposed to two or three; a cell number will be most effective

➜ Your name needs to be written in bold; while the rest of your resume should be between font sizes 10 and 12, your name can be written in 16

➜ If you are enclosing your resume with a cover letter, make sure you provide an objective on the resume

➜ List as many headings as possible. This includes degrees, employment history (internships included) and skills

➜ List your degrees with both month and year as opposed to just the year

➜ Bullet points need to begin with action verbs

➜ Ensure keywords are used as often as possible

➜ Including personal information like social security number, marital status, date of birth and license numbers are an absolute NO

➜ Do not rely on your word processor’s spell check entirely, instead check the typos manually

While a resume format can pretty much be molded according to individual need, make sure to put your objective right on the top followed by your qualifications and areas of expertise. The rest will come in the order you deem necessary.

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