As recruiters, we’ve seen our share of resume blunders. You know, the developer whose hobbies include “Mushroom hunting”; the customer service representative whose language skills include “Speak English and Spinach”; the accountant whose “Twin sister has accounting degree”… Obviously, you want to attract attention, but make sure that it is the right kind of attention. Here are 5 things to remember about resume writing:
1. Know the purpose of writing your resume: Your resume should be your foot in the door to land you an interview. It should create interest in you as a person and push the recruiter/hiring team to want to know more about you. Make your resume interesting and worth a second look.
2. Your resume should reflect the job you want: Tailor your resume so that it matches the job you are targeting. Make mention of previous industry experience, and how your skills make you a great match for the position you’re applying to. Key words are your friend: In this age of Applicant Tracking Systems and non-technical reviewers, your resume needs to highlight the skills that the client is requesting. Be concise and think smart!
3. Proofread above all costs: Many times, resumes will be declined if they are not grammatically correct or spout redundant information. It’s easy to spell check, or engage a professional to look over what you have.
4. Don’t get too personal: Unless you’re a model, actor/actress, etc. you do not need to include a photo of yourself. Also avoid personal information such as marital status, height/weight, and hobbies. They will not sell you to your employer, but can make you seem as though you don’t have a good eye for what is critical to the position.
5. Honesty is the best policy: Avoid lies at all costs. If you can’t back something up in an interview, don’t write about it on your resume. If your desired job involves a background check or references, your lies may be found out, and your credibility will be damaged. And that is something that will be very difficult to recover from.
Remember - Your resume is your foot in the door and your goal should be to waltz through it with integrity and expertise. Present your best professional self on your resume and you will be ahead of the job search curve. Looking for a job is as much work as holding one down, so make sure you have all of the tools to do it right! Happy writing!
By: Donna Alexander