7 Essential Resume Guidelines

1. Keep your resume as short as possible. One page is the best, two pages is the maximum.

Recruiters don’t want to study your resume. They want to glance at it and know who you are and what you can do. A study done by TheLadders, an online job-matching service, found that recruiters spend an average of six seconds on a resume.

2. Use the biggest font for your name. Nothing else should be as big.

If you want to get the job, you need to stand out and to stand out, you must first be easily recognisable. This helps in enforcing the connection between who you are and what you can do. When the recruiters see something they like in your resume, they’ll find it easy to relate it to your name.

3. Most recent information first.

List down your latest education level and past experience first. Those are usually the most relevant.

4. Be consistent in your formatting.

If one section heading is in bold, bold them all. Try to make sure you use a similar number of bullet points in each section. Do not overdo it by using too many bold or italic fonts. Keep it simple but uniform.

5. Don’t include an Objective Statement unless it’s a requirement…

Most recruiters are not interested in what you want to achieve. They want to know what and how you can contribute to them. Your cover letter plays that role.

6. …and begin with a Summary instead.

If you can write a short and sweet Summary that includes your best skills, experiences and achievements, you will easily stand out. Some things you can put in the Summary are your highest position in past jobs, the years you’ve been in the field, and your biggest achievement in that field so far.

7. Emphasise what you did, not just where you were.

Anybody can write that they studied in the same university you went to. Anybody can write they worked at the companies you worked at. To stand out, you must tell the recruiters what you did, what you achieved there. Did you lead any projects? Win any awards?

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