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6 Jun 2017

Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Winning Resume

Make your resume stand out from the crowd


A well-written and professional resume plays a crucial role in your job search. They are means of conveying your credential’s and accomplishments to stand out from the crowd.


The major objectives while writing your resume are:


1. To convey a compelling picture of your professional value.
2. To get selected for an interview.

THE DO’s and DONT’s:


Include PROFESSIONAL PROFILE instead of objective statement as recruiters want a message that summarizes your professional background and accomplishments. Don’t include experiences that are not relevant to the job. Also be cautious about listing outdated experience (high school) or volunteer work.
Highlight Your Most RELEVANT EXPERIENCES : Always write your recent jobs first. Tailor and target your resume depending on the position you are applying for. Eliminate excessive words which add no real value to your resume. Also avoid exact wordings from the job description. You don’t want it to look like a copy and paste.
Use RIGHT KEYWORDS to optimize for Applicant Tracking Systems. CHOOSE WORDS Carefully:

1. Try to avoid using cliches or jargon like hard worker, team player or detail-oriented.

2. Do not use negative phrases.


1) Stick to 9-12 point font.

2) Use traditional font, i.e. Times New Roman.

Do not have any typos or grammatical mistakes as it paints a negative impression.
Use DATA: Quantify your accomplishments. Remember recruiters love numbers. Don’t include too much personal information (religion, birthdate, relationship, hobbies, etc).
UPDATE your resume regularly even if you are not actively looking for a job so that you will be ready to apply immediately when you see an opening of interest. Don’t try to hide gaps in employment or education. Be Honest and confident.
Stick to one page or maximum two pages. Recruiters spend a maximum of 15 seconds on each resume, so refine your information to the most relevant data. Don’t try to squish all information into one page. Cut it down and craft the resume based on the job. A good interviewee will have multiple resume versions to cater to the specific job requirements. Do not include references unless requested.


Your resume is the brand YOU, so spend some quality time customizing and refining your resume. Craft a resume that creates an impression on the hiring manager. Remember a recruiter spends only 15 seconds on a resume. A winning resume will stand out from the crowd and get you an interview.

One Comment

  1. I am writing my very first resume and it was a huge struggle to write it in a proper way.I was so confused as what all to mention in the resume, how to mention it in which format etc. Thanks for sharing these and helping to know the tips. Best article..!!