Your resume for any job opening is a selling tool that lists your objective or profile, summary of your skills, experience, qualifications and education. It enables the employer know what type of job you are seeking and will draw attention to your relevant traits. The most excellent method to decide what should be included on your resume is to discover what the prospective employer would want to know about you to consider you for the position.
The major purpose of any resume is to obtain an interview call. See the following 30 useful resume writing tips which will help you craft resume that will grab attention of prospective employers.
1. Do not use a pre-defined resume template. Use a simple format that is attractive and easy to read.
2. Use font size of 10-12 points in Ariel, Verdana or Times New Roman for easier reading.
3. Write your name in bold font. Text size of your name should be larger than the other text of resume.
4. Your contact details (mailing address, phone number and e-mail address) should not be written in a relatively small size.
5. Mention your two word name for easier name recognition. Eliminate middle or initial name.
6. Mention only one telephone number along with your personal email address.
7. Bullet phrases should start with action words such as achieved, demonstrated, guided, governed, planned alike.
8. Objective Vs Profile: Objectives for internships might point out that you desire to improve your skills; objectives for experienced people must state the skills you will bring to the company. On the other hand, you can write a performance profile if you have hands-on experience in the similar industry.
9. Include Summary of Qualifications after your objective. It contains 4-6 bullet phrases highlighting your relevant skills and traits. If you prefer a profile or summary, you should write your core competencies/areas of expertise below your profile.
10. Your resume’s length must not exceed 2 pages. 2 pages are only allowable if you have more than 10 years of experience in hand.
11. List everything (employment, certifications, education, internships, activities) in reverse chronological order i.e. last job should be mentioned first.
12. Write section titles in capital letter (upper case) using a bold font.
13. List your degrees by month and year. If they are more than 10 years old, month must not be listed.
14. Give the accurate name of your degree in the education section your resume.
15. In the employment or experience section, list your achievements instead of just writing plain job descriptions. If you have less content to write your achievements, you may write job description but create a sub-section of achievements under each experience.
16. Use the present tence of verbs to explain duties in your current employment.
17. Use the past tence when describing duties from past employments.
18. Never use the words “I” “me” or “my” in your resume.
19. List additional languages in which you are fluent. If you have travelled to or lived in different countries, include that information too.
20. List your GPA only if it is 3.0 or above.
21. List your professional affiliations, memberships and awards at the bottom of the page.
22. Be sure that buzzwords and keywords for your profession are used in your resume. Qualifications/core competencies sections are the best for this purpose.
23. Mention your computer skills such as MS Word, Excel, systems, languages, programs and databases.
24. If you are an entry level applicant with no experience in hand or changing your career, a functional or skills-based resume will more effective.
25. Never include your personal information in your resume. This includes your date of birth, marital status, social security or national identity number.
26. Eliminate hobbies and interests section as well as religion or ethnic information except they would be appropriate to job.
27. No need to include references in resume. If required, you may enclose an additional sheet of references.
28. Do not rely only on an automatic spell check of MS Word or other software. It sometimes do not detect typing errors and mistakes in capital letters. Check the content of your resume manually and have it proofread by your family member or acquaintance.
29. Take an extra copy of your resume while leaving for interviews.
30. If you are applying via email, attach your resume as a PDF document instead of doc or docx to preserve formatting.