25 Resume Tips

I came across this list of 25 tips that seemed very good

25 Resume Tips

  1. No brick walls! Do not type up a brick of text and slap it on a Word doc. Paragraphs and bullets are your friends.
  2. Make sure it is visually appealing, but not too fancy and distracting. It should be easy to read and flow well.
  3. Use simple fonts and keep the size between 10pt. and 12pt.
  4. Do not use borders, shading, photos or graphics. Absolutely no text boxes. Many of todays employers use resume management software that does not react well to these items.
  5. Do not include family info, or GPA. They dont do any good and in some cases it can hurt you. Why post a 2.5 GPA on a resume? If an employer is interested on your college experience, they will ask for your transcripts.
  6. Keep experience to last 7 to 10 years. If you have ten years of experience after college, it is pointless to include what college clubs you were involved with.
  7. If you are a recent college grad or currently a student, you should include internship experience or related work.
  8. Include any accomplishments relative to your field or the job you are seeking. This will help employers make the connection between your experience and what they are looking for.
  9. Whenever possible tailor your resume to the position you are applying for. This will greatly increase your chances of getting the position.
  10. Keep it concise. Dont drone on about every duty you have ever had, rather pick the most relevant to your career goals.
  11. Hobbies are overrated. Nobody cares that you enjoy hiking or golfing.
  12. Job history should have the months and years worked at each position. This is a detail that every employer wants to know.
  13. If you decide to include references, make sure those listed are aware that they will be listed on your resume. Be sure they will give you a positive reference as well.
  14. Resumes should be one to two pages, no more.
  15. Dont play with the page borders, so you can cram more words on a page. This will also cause format problems when uploading your resume into resume management software.
  16. When uploading your resume online, check it to make certain that it looks ok. Depending on format, it could become jumbled or disorganized.
  17. Word version resumes are most accepted. No password protection or PDF.
  18. Make sure your name and contact info is prominently positioned on your resume and easily viewed
  19. Return calls from employers. If you get a call on your resume, respond in a timely manner.
  20. When an employer calls the number on your resume, it is imperative that the greeting on your voicemail be professional. Please do not include music, or cute phrases, and always be respectful.
  21. Make sure email address is professional as well. No hotbabe@whatever.com. Whenever possible list an address that includes some variation of your name.
  22. If you feel that you have so much experience that you just cant fit it all in two pages, list Detailed resume available upon request at the end of your resume.
  23. Many companies search resume databases using keyword searches. It is wise to use key words and phrases relative to your industry.
  24. Update your resume on a regular basis, to keep it fresh and handy. You never know when you are going to need it.
  25. Spelling and Grammar!!! This can not be emphasized enough. How foolish would you look it you mentioned you had an attention to detale? Use spell check.

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Additionally – here is another list of 10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

  1. An Objective
  2. Short-term jobs
  3. A funtional format
  4. Your photo
  5. A fancy design
  6. Subjective descriptions
  7. Any mention of high school
  8. Extra pages
  9. Your salary
  10. Any mention of references, including the statement: “references are available upon request.”

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