12+ Resume Dos and Dont’s | Resume Tips

by Ifeanyi Omijeh | In Guides and Tools, Path 2 Success, Career Development, Homepage Slider | 8 December 2020

Your resume is the most important document in your job search process. It is a marketing tool to highlight your experience to the hiring manager, and first impressions matter. According to Human Resources managers, it takes a glance of about 15 seconds to decide if they need to go through an entire resume or not.

Every resume should include your contact details, summarize your professional experience and achievements, and showcase your skills with examples of accomplishments.

Here are some resume tips to help you create the best initial impression.

Do

  • Highlight your most relevant experience and achievement for each role. 
  • Emphasize results and accomplishments delivered, not tasks. Show the impact you had. 
  • Customize your resume to match the specific job requirements. Use keywords that, at a glance, will show the hiring manager that you are a good fit. 
  • As a new graduate without recent work experience, write about your project work and volunteer experience. Showcase how you used the required skills to achieve results.
  • Use data whenever possible, quantify results and achievements. Show how much, how many, percentage increase or reduction, etc. 
  • Use action verbs. Start each sentence with an action verb.
  • Optimize for applicant tracking systems. Use appropriate keywords, format properly, fancy graphics, fonts, and elements should be kept to a minimum.

Don’t 

  • Don’t write in the first and third person. For example, write “Collaborated with a team,” not “ I collaborated with a team.”
  • Don’t use text and chat abbreviations or emojis like “@” for “at.”
  • Don’t include obvious skills like Microsoft Word. It is a given that corporate job seekers can use Microsoft Word.
  • Don’t go overboard with formatting. Stick to a clean, easy to read format.
  • Don’t make a general claim without backing it up with examples. E.g., Team player.
  • Don’t misrepresent your education and experience.

 

Is your resume getting results with employers calling for an interview? If not, start editing or rewriting to improve your resume. 

If you need a second pair of eyes, contact us at path2success@mpowerfinancing.com

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