20 Do’s and Don’ts of Resume Writing for Job Seekers

Are you hunting for the jobs? You must be writing the resume and looking for some guidelines. Here are some do’s and don’ts that you must follow so that the job lands in your hands.

Do’s and Don’ts of Resume Writing

1. Do limit it to one or two page

Hiring managers have to read a lot of resumes every day. They will not spend the time to go through your long resume. Keep it short and include only the important details. Cut down the irrelevant details. A person with ten years of experience is even advised to keep the resume to one page.

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2. Do start with the available resume template

If you are a beginner with a very little knowledge of the resume format then scour the internet, you will find a ton of resume templates. You can save yourself from all the designs and formatting.

3. Do use a simple language

Remember, it is your resume and not a vocabulary test. You need not use the big words to prove your intelligence. If you want to increase the readership and engage your employer, use some interesting and simple words.

4. Don’t be boastful if you have no relevant experience

If you are fresh out of college and have a lack of experience, then write about your qualifications, volunteering experience, and achievements etc. in your resume. Don’t boast about the experiences unnecessarily.

5. Do make it stand out from others

Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Word and internet. So don’t add MS word to your skills. These are the obvious skills. Your resume is valuable; add some skills to it that makes you stand out.

However, if you are applying for the job which requires skills like MS word, Excel then you can add it to your resume and the relevant experience.

6. Do write about non-profit works and part time jobs

Though it may not be related to the jobs you are applying but the volunteer work can make you stand out from others. It may add a significant value to your resume.

If you have a hobby and you used it for a part time job then do add it as an experience to your resume.

7. Do include contacting information

You should start your resume with your name and other contact information. Add your name, email address, contact number, and mailing address. Try to add the permanent mailing address.

8. Do not include the personal details

Yes! You should add contact information but adding personal details to contact information is a big no. Your employer might not be interested in your marital status, date of birth or photo etc. (Add personal details to the resume only where it is relevant)

9. Don’t make spelling mistakes or any typing error

Look, you are applying for a job and no one would like to hire a person who can’t write simple spellings or make typing errors. Make sure you spell-check your resume before emailing it your employer.

10. Do proofread your document

If you do not like editing and formatting then proofread your resume with the available proofreaders. You can use the various free proofreaders available online. Proof-reader will correct the typos and spelling mistakes.

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11. Don’t forget to update your resume

Many job seekers use the same resume for every job. But, if you are applying for a particular job then you must add the required skills to your resume. You should demonstrate how you fit the job and satisfy the criteria.

12. Do highlight relevant skills in resume

Employers screen the resumes for as few as 6 seconds. Use a way to show the employer at a glance what you want to do and what you’re good at. So give your resume a sharp focus as possible.

13. Do focus on transferable skills

If you are a recent graduate or fresher from college, you might have not any experience to add to resume. However, you can emphasize more on your transferable skills to grab the attention of an employer to your resume.

14. Don’t use a common resume design.

Many job seekers use one of the resume templates available in Microsoft Word. There’s nothing wrong with using the one. However, this will not make your resume a little different from others. Try to use a different design for your resume.

15. Don’t use multiple fonts

Use the same font in your resume to achieve consistency. Choose a great typeface and the font size not less than 9 points and not more than 12 points to make it readable and have a professional look. You can select from the endless, free and all available font options on the internet. Choose a font which looks great on screen with clear and consistent spacing.

16. Do keep your resume away from jargons

The same details like a hard worker, team player etc. may sound like a jargon to your hiring manager as every job seeker include the similar details in the resume. If you want to stand out, include words which highlight your resume and put everything in terms a person can easily understand.

17. Don’t include references

If you are short of space on your resume then instead of including references, you must add relevant experiences and skills. Try to prove how you are the best fit for the job by including the experiences. Furthermore, it may look presumptuous.

18. Don’t spend all your time on design

According to the employers, it is important to make your resume looks nice but the job seekers unnecessarily spend too much time on the design. You can keep it simple and invest your time in gathering compelling content. Highlight the right information.

19. Do make the proper alignments

A small misalignment may distract the attention of readers. Make the columns for entering dates, locations etc with a right tab. A proper alignment will make your resume a way easier for the eyes.

20. Don’t send it as word document

You have created a resume and you are all set to apply for the job. But before you email it to the employer, convert the word file to PDF version. With the word file, it is more likely that the formatting may mess up. So don’t send a .doc file.

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Tapas Pal

Tapas pal is the founder of layerpoint.com and he is an avid Internet geek enthusiast and writer has deep interest in technology, Digital Marketing and love tools that increase human productivity.