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Resume’s Do’s and Dont’s


Posted on February 26th, by Lougie in Job Search, Resume Writing. Comments Off on Resume’s Do’s and Dont’s

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DO’S

  • Do target your resume – you will probably need several versions of your resume to apply for particular types of jobs. Make sure that each version highlights the most relevant work experience and skills for the particular position you are applying for. Research the company you are applying for if possible.
  • Do get your friends to proof-read it first. To find out what sort of first impression you are making, ask them to do a quick scan first and tell you which 3 things stand out the most.
  • Do draw parallels or relationships between your experience and the position/industry if you do not have direct experience in the job or industry. Don’t leave it to the employer to do. Do use strong action words.
  • Do use technical jargon specific to your area of expertise – this shows you are familiar with your industry, and will help your resume show up on keyword searches if you post it online. If you are applying to a different industry, judicious use of that industry’s jargon can help.
  • Do invest emotionally in becoming a professional, albeit temporary, job seeker. You can control your job search activity and the number of leads you pursue and resumes you send out, your research and resume and interview preparation. Focusing on the things you can control will make the period of job searching more manageable and will make you more effective when you are face to face with those good opportunities.

 

DONT’S

  • Don’t invest emotionally in any one position that you are applying for. It hurts your performance when it comes to follow up and interviews and besides, why invest yourself in something that you have so little control over. There can be so many factors behind the scenes which will determine whether or not you are interviewed or hired for a particular position.
  • Don’t send your resume out before checking and re-checking spelling, grammar, punctuation and format.
  • Don’t make your resume longer than 2 pages unless your background is senior management or senior technical and has enough real substance to warrant a longer document.
  • Don’t list everything on your resume – showcase your strengths, avoid unnecessary information, and outdated, irrelevant work experience
  • Don’t fabricate information, or misrepresent existing info. It’s OK to present yourself in a way that emphasizes the high points of your experience, but out-and-out fabrications can hurt your credibility if they are detected.
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Lougie

Marketing Consultant at Codemedia Inc
Information Technology and Marketing Consultant




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