It’s time to find a job for yourself — perhaps your position for the next six months, the next six years, or maybe even longer. No matter what, you have to get the job first, and one major part of that is still…the résumé. Whether you have put one together before or if you’re writing one for the first time, definitely keep these ideas in mind. Remember, this is a short document that helps answer the questions, “Why should we hire you? What makes you qualified?” This is your chance to market yourself, and you get one chance at it, so do your best. Keep reading to see some do’s and don’ts of writing a résumé:
- List your experience in chronological order, starting with your most recent position
- Note: A functional résumé, which is based on skills, works best as an option if you’re switching careers and want to show how your skills and experience can work in a different industry. In most cases, a chronological résumé is preferred.
- Use bullet points, as this article does, instead of paragraphs — this makes it easier to read.
- Word it so key verbs and phrases stick out. This goes along with bullet points: Make your job titles clear. Use strong action words such as “led,” “grew,” “increased,” and “created.”
- Keep writing clear and to the point, and don’t fill the page with too much with writing — this makes the document easier to read.
- Identify strengths: Use those action verbs and write in terms of numbers and statistics if possible. Keep the focus on how what you did positively helped the company.
- Lie on your résumé. Recruiters and HR do check on your background, and you don’t want to lose out on a position because you lied, or worse, get the position and realize you’re unqualified for it and have that hurt you later.
- Forget to look for mistakes.
- There are many stories of HR staff throwing out résumés immediately seeing the candidate graduated in “20009,” for example. Have someone else read it, too: Your eye may miss mistakes because you’ve looked at it so often.
- Share information that’s old or unnecessary.
- You don’t need to list your hobbies, religion, or that award you won in high school.
- Have too many bullets (3-5 per section will do) or make it longer than 1-2 pages on average.
- Have anything that sounds unprofessional.
- This includes language usage (no slang) and professional tone.
- Be unclear
- This goes with using those bullet points: List your job titles, duties, and experiences, using specifics and numbers (example: “Improved sales from 67% to 73% in six months”) as often as possible.
- Make sure a potential employer knows exactly what you did for your previous one with regard to job title, duties, and successes.
Writing a résumé can be challenging, but it’s also a chance for you to show who you are. Take your time creating one and use these steps to help you show the best possible version of yourself. To work with our experienced recruiting team, reach out to the experts at Creative Staffing today.