How to Write Your Resume
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How Not to Write Your Resume
There is a vast range of articles about how to write a resume. Some are included
later on below. So perhaps now it would be most meaningful to start by writing
about how NOT to write your resume.
by Sheri Mazurek
In a recent article, Forbes lists three things that will get your resume “thrown
in the trash.” The list includes three resume mistakes that will most likely
get candidates overlooked. The article provides good advice. I would recommend
giving it a read. The Forbes list includes the following:
- You don’t meet the basic requirements
- You are not a culture fit
- You don’t pay attention to detail
In addition, be mindful of the following:
- The resume doesn’t highlight the qualifications to the specific job for
which you are applying. Look at the ad or description that is posted. It will
most likely not only tell you the qualifications, but many times it will start
with what is most needed or required. If you learned about the job from someone
in the company or a recruiter, be sure to find out what skills are required
and what are most important. Your resume will be scanned quickly, be sure
your can show how your qualifications will fit this position.
- The resume includes an objective statement that refers to another industry,
position or company. This is in line with Forbes advice to pay attention to
detail. I would recommend removing the objective statement all together. Use
that space for a headline statement that highlights your skills and background.
- The resume makes claims about your abilities or skills without communicating
results. Be sure you can show what results you have achieved by using those
skills. You have very limited space to display your qualifications and sell
yourself to a recruiter. Use that space wisely.
- Do not use creative fonts and formatting for your resume. The resume is
often uploaded into an applicant tracking system. Those systems do not always
display special fonts accurately. If it doesn’t convert well, the recruiter
will not be able to read it and it will be skipped.
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