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 2017 are somewhat different than how they were in 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. In our opinion, it is not safe to use a prescribed template.
Refer below for a list of points that a candidate need to keep in account while formatting a resume in 2017:
Resume Format 2017
❖ In order to ensure name recognition, consider removing your middle name when writing a resume.
❖ List your complete address and mention only one telephone number as opposed to two or three; a cellular number will be most effective.
❖ Insert your LinkedIn profile link in the header along with your contact information.
❖ Your name needs to be written using bold font with 16-18 pt size. The rest of your resume’s font size should be between font 10 and 12 pt.
❖ If you are sending your resume along with a cover letter, make sure not to mention objective on the resume.
❖ List as many headings as possible. This includes degrees, employment history (internships included), skills, accomplishments, licenses, memberships and additional information.
❖ 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. Build a dedicated core competencies section for this purpose.
❖ 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 – check the typos manually.
While a resume format can pretty much be molded according to individual needs and requirements, make sure to put your objective or summary statement 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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