10 Tips for Writing a Resume
Companies receive tons of resumes and reviewing them is a tedious
task. Make yours easy to read, simple, crisp and to the point. It is a
good idea to make your resume company-specific and particularly
highlight those qualities that you feel the company is looking for.
Proofread your resume and ask your relatives to review it for any
spelling or grammatical errors. A resume with errors is absolutely
unacceptable and will give a shoddy impression.
Use bullets to list your achievements. Do not list responsibilities
as that becomes long and boring to read. Ensure that you list the most
important achievements first and provide relevant data. Dates, figures,
finances etc make the data more realistic and appreciable. Try and show
your interviewers how your skills will benefit the specific company.
Your headings should be in bold and underlined.
While it is acceptable to show off your skills, do not lie or
exaggerate. A company may verify your claims and under such
circumstances, authenticity is crucial.
Update your resume regularly. Do not think of it as something you
made in the past. Having said that, it is not necessary to list
everything you have ever done. If it is not relevant to your current
area of work (you may have worked in a restaurant and are now a teacher)
then there’s no need to list the it.
Do not use graphics or photos (unless specifically required). Use a
font that is easy to read (like Arial, Times new roman) and clear. Use a
good quality paper and a good printer. Remember, your resume is what
defines you at the first stage and hence it must be high quality.
Avoid negativity at any cost. Do not write anything that may seem
negative in your resume. Leave out details like ‘I hated my previous’
Your resume should not be more than a page or two. The shorter the better. Keep that in mind while compiling your data.
Your contact information should include your name, address, phone and
email. This will be right at the top in a clear bold font.
Finally, keep an internet version ready. Some companies may want you to send across a soft copy at some point.