An employer can receive hundreds of resumes in reply to an advertised position, but only a few of them catch the attention of the employer. Here are some useful resume tips and ideas to make your resume stand out in front of employers.
- Appropriate grammar, correct spellings, no typing error, and formatting matters a lot. Use simple font; big enough that the hiring manager could read it easily. Don't forget to mention contact information.
- Include awards, and key achievements, but make sure that these are relevant to the job and will catch employer's attention.
- Come up with effective job titles.
- Keep the resume brief, exclude all the extra details. The ideal length for a resume is 1-2 pages.
- Use bullet points, it saves the time of the hiring manager
- Put the the most important information first that highlights your work experience.
Do's and Dont's:
- Do not lie just be honest while writing a professional resume.
- Do not mention the salary unless the employer asks it.
- Try to avoid use personal pronouns (I, me, my).
- Do not write high school achievements.
- Do not go beyond two pages while writing a professional resume.
- Do not use justified text block; they put odd little spaces between words.
- Do not write hobbies in resumes, they are irrelevant.
- Do not mix noun and verb phases when describing jobs. First, use solid action verbs.
- Try to avoid words like "Duties included", "Responsibilities included", or "Responsible for" these are job description languages not resume writing language.
- Don't attach pictures except that the job demands it (modeling, acting so on)
- Do mention transferable skills, especially when one does not have much experience to seek out a job.
- Do consider a resume design that doesn't look like anyone else's. Many people use MS Word resume templates.
- Do list the previous jobs in reverse chronological order.
- Do avoid the verb "Work" because it's a weak verb (after all everybody works).
By Todd Goldstein,