The do’s and don’ts for a fool proof resume

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While it’s only a page or two in length, a resume is one of the most important parts of a job application – your resume is how you’ll tell the story of your professional history to potential employers.

With a solid resume in hand you’ll greatly increase your odds of earning a closer look and getting that interview.

  • Be grammatically correct.

Your resume needs to be perfect. If it isn’t, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you, like: “This person can’t write,” or “This person obviously doesn’t care.”

  • Cater Your Resume for the Industry .

On size does not fit all in this case, don’t’ try to develop a standard resume to send to all employers. Employers want you to write a resume specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.

  • Identify your Accomplishments

Potential employers want to know what you’ve accomplished in your various roles and activities. They’re looking for statements, Do focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was there’s a difference. Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments. For each point ask yourself, What was the benefit of having done what I did?

– Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else did.

– Avoid using the generic descriptions of the jobs you originally applied for or held.

  • Don’t cut the meat out of your resume

Generally speaking, you should try to limit yourself to a maximum of two pages. But don’t feel you have to use two pages if one will do. Conversely, don’t cut the meat out of your resume simply to make it conform. You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for college/university. Typically, however, the soft skills you’ve gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.

  • Visual Impact

If your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. Err on the side of being conservative stylistically

  • Don’t eliminate yourself from consideration

Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your contact details are correct  sooner rather than later.

  • Career Summary

A Career Summary is designed to give a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Grab a hiring manager’s attention right from the beginning, remembering you have only a few seconds to make a good impression.

Spend time developing a summary that immediately gets their attention, and accurately and powerfully describes you as a solution to their problem

  • Network. Network. Network.

The majority of mid- to senior-level positions are filled through networking, so contact absolutely everyone you know in addition to recruiters who are in a position to hire you or share insights. Networking can include

-Personal business contacts, people you’ve worked for or who worked for you

-Vendors and sales representatives you’ve dealt with in the past five years.

Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise, and clear and easy to read. If it’s not, your resume and cover letter won’t get a second glance from any hiring manager.

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