5 Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes

 

When it comes to writing resumes, there are a few hard rules you have to follow. But there are also a few tips and tricks that will put you ahead of the pack! These are my 5 do’s and don’ts to put your resume ahead of the pack

Do

1. Quantify as much as possible

Numbers stand out in a page full of text. At every chance possible, quantify where you can. Whether it be the dollar amount you increased sales by, the percentage increase in revenues, the number of people you led, the number of people who have read your publication, the number of downloads your book got, the conversion rate, literally anything!

2. Be results orientated

Nobody cares what you actually did so don’t rehash your job description. Recruiters want to see what was the result of what you did. What value did you add to your team! Remember to write whether your work increased sales, or decreased the time it takes to complete a certain process. Bonus tip. Use the formula “Accomplished X as measured by Y by doing X”

3. Have fun with the interests section

This is the part of the resume that makes you human and less robot. This is by far, the recruiters favorite part of the resume. They’re looking for a common connection or an interesting point so they know that you’d actually be fun to work with. Write fun, specific details such as you play Afro-Brazilian drums, or you’ve traveled to 25 countries. And if you’re really stuck, just write Game of Thrones. Instant connection.

Don’t

4. Make any spelling or grammar mistakes

You’d be surprised but over half of candidates make this mistake that can be so easily avoided! It’s the number 1 reason resumes get thrown out. It shows you don’t care. Don’t be one of them. Make sure you double check and triple check your resume to ensure you have no spelling or grammar mistakes.

5. Include unnecessary or irrelevant experience or information

Only write about experiences that relate to the job you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a designer role, your business experience has absolutely no use on your resume except taking up space. Real estate is valuable on your resume. Only spend it on experiences that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.