Resume Dos & Don'ts

Your resume is the first chance you have to make a good impression with the hiring manager. Unfortunately, it is extremely easy to make mistakes on your resume that will prevent you from moving forward in the hiring process. Check out these Resume Dos & Don’ts to create the perfect resume and land an interview:

Do:

  • Keep your resume to one page in length - Most hiring managers look only at the top 1/3 of your resume, so you want your resume to show the most important information at the top. List the most relevant job experiences to what you are applying for, but try and keep the resume to one page.

 

  • Match your job objective to the job description - Give employers something specific and concrete that focuses on what they need based on the job description and what you have to offer.

 

  • Show you have appropriate experience - Shape your resume to highlight the work history that shows you can do the job you are applying for.

 

  • Use standard form - Use a simple font like Times New Roman or Ariel in the same size across your resume. For each organization you have worked for, write the name, your title, and the dates you have worked there, in that order.

 

  • Proofread – Read over your resume 10 times, and then have someone else read over it to ensure everything is grammatically correct.

 

Don’t:

  • Have typos or grammatical errors – Having errors and typos in your resume forces employers to draw no-so-flattering conclusions about you such as “This person can’t write,” or “They obviously don’t care about this job.” Avoid these problems by proofreading.

 

  • Forget the action verbs – Action verbs give employers an idea of what you did at your previous jobs. Instead of saying phrases like “responsible for” use action verbs: “Interpreted data analytics to improve our marketing plan for each year.”

 

  • Include incorrect contact information – You will never get an interview if the employer is calling the wrong number or emailing the wrong email.

 

  • Leave off important information – While you need to tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for, don’t forget your “side jobs” are important as well. Many part time jobs such as retail sales associate build your soft skills like time management and customer service that are important to employers as well.

 

  • Highlight duties instead of accomplishments – The point of a resume is to show potential employers what you have done and accomplished throughout your previous jobs. You need to list your accomplishments in your resume and not just your duties. Instead of saying you “Updated departmental files,” say you “Reorganized 10 years worth of files, making them easily accessible to department members.

 

For more information, check out this Monster.com article and this Huffington Post article.