Although resume writing is not difficult, job seekers should choose carefully every word they write to demonstrate their professionalism. A resume should be original:
- Informative at a glance.
- Geared toward the industry and company targeted.
- One page in length (preference) – two pages (acceptable).
- Free from error, visibly crisp and clean.
- Brief and clear in content.
Common sense rules. Do not do the following:
- Use the word I.
- Write in the third person.
- Abuse the word “all.”
- Present meaningless information.
- Use the phrase “same as above.”
- Show frequent changes in employment.
- Inject meaningless hot words.
- Expect a cover letter to replace a resume.
A resume should include key elements:
- Qualifying skills.
- Education, training, or related experience.
- List of certifications, licenses, or spoken languages.
- Brief company description.
- Employment highlights.
- The pattern of growth or increased responsibilities.
- List of accomplishments, awards, nominations, or honors.
The prospective employer screens and evaluates a multitude of candidates. Targeting and stimulating interest will set you apart from the others.