When writing or updating your resume, the first thing to remember is that a resume is a selling tool. It contains your objective or profile statement, a summary of qualifications, accomplishments, experience, skills, and education, as well as affiliations.
As a matter of fact, a resume enables the employer to know what type of job you are seeking while drawing their attention to your relevant traits.
The most excellent method to decide what should be included on your resume is to find what the prospective employer would want to know about you to consider you for the position.
Please keep in mind that the primary purpose of any resume is to obtain an interview, not the job.
See the following 30 useful resume writing tips that will help you in crafting a resume that will grab the prospective employer’s attention.
See also: Top 10 Resume Tips
30 Effective Resume Writing Tips
1. Do not use a prebuilt resume template, or copy/paste a sample from internet. Instead, use a plain, simple, and attractive layout and format that is easy to read and understand.
2. Use the font size 10-12 pt in Ariel, Verdana or Times New Roman for easier reading.
3. Write your name in bold font. The text size of your name should be slightly larger than the other text of the resume.
4. Your contact details (mailing address, phone number, LinkedIn ID, and e-mail) should be written in a relatively small size.
5. Mention your two-word name for more natural name recognition. That is to say, eliminate the middle or initial name. For example, write John Doe instead of John K. Doe.
6. Write only one personal mobile number and email address, as well as LinkedIn profile ID (If any). Avoid using the email address or telephone number provided by your current employer.
7. Write short bullet statements under different headings such as objective/summary, experience, achievements, skills, and education. Bullet phrases should start with action words such as achieved, demonstrated, guided, governed, and planned. Avoid using long paragraphs in your resume.
8. Objective Vs. Summary/Profile Statement: Objectives for internships emphasize that you desire to improve your skills. Alternately, objectives for entry-level candidates must state the skills you would bring to the company. On the other hand, you can write a summary or profile statement if you have hands-on experience in a similar capacity.
9. Include Qualifications or Professional Skills after your objective or summary statement. This section contains bullet keywords highlighting your relevant skills and traits.
10. The length of your resume must not exceed two pages. More than 1 page is only useful if you have more than ten years of experience in hand.
11. List everything (employment, certifications, education, internships, activities) in reverse chronological order. That is to say; the last job should be mentioned first.
12. Write section titles in the capital letter (upper case) using a bold font — for example, SUMMARY, EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, SKILLS.
13. List your degrees by month and year. If they are more than ten years old, the month must not be listed.
14. Give the accurate title of your degree in the education section of the resume.
15. In the employment or experience section, list your achievements instead of merely writing job descriptions. If you have a few accomplishments in your name, you may write a job description but create a sub-section of the achievements under each experience.
16. Use the present tense of verbs to explain duties in your current employment.
17. Use the past tense when describing responsibilities from a past job.
18. Never use the words “I,” “me,” or “my” in your resume.
19. List additional languages in which you are fluent. If you have traveled to or lived in different countries, include that information also.
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. Use buzzwords and keywords related to your profession. The skills or core competencies section is 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 path, a functional or skills-based resume will be more effective.
25. Never write your personal and confidential information in your resume. That includes your date of birth, marital status, social security, or national identity number.
26. Eliminate the hobbies and interests section as well as personal information, except they would be appropriate for the job.
27. Do not include references in the resume. If required, you may attach an additional sheet for references.
28. Do not rely only on an automatic spell check of MS Word or other software. It sometimes does not detect typing errors and mistakes in capital letters. Therefore, 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 with you when leaving for interviews.
30. If you are applying through email, attach your resume as a PDF document instead of doc or docx to preserve formatting.