The Dos and Don'ts of Resume Writing

July 21st, 2017 at 2:00am

Looking for a job or internship is a very daunting experience for us college students. On average, every corporate job attracts around 250 resumes and according to the Forbes website, only 20 percent of the applicants get called in for an interview. Not only that, but recruiters spend an average of only six seconds before they make the final decision whether you would fit in or not.

Makes you feel like just a tiny number right?

It is safe to safe that a resume should be brief, but should also correctly convey the message that you want to send. It should state who you are, but also how you want to be presented. Many people still make very basic and easily fixable mistakes over and over again, often times leaving out things that should definitely be included, and including things that must be removed. This is the main reason that hiring managers end up interviewing only 20 percent of the total number of resumes they received. So clearly, your resume needs to be as good as you can possibly make it.

In order to do this, I have set up a list of dos and don’ts.This list will specifically state what needs to be included your future perfect resume and what you should avoid adding to it because it is just plain unnecessary. If you follow these rules, I am 100 percent sure that your hiring manager will put you in the “fit in” pile of resumes. So, grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started!

Resume Dos

1—Be clear, concise, and neat.

2—Use a consistent format for dates, headings, etc.

3—Be positive and honest.

4—Check grammar and spelling. 

5—Everything should fit on one page.

6—Put an in reference page and use the same font always. 

Resume Don’ts

1—State salary requirements.

2—Give reasons for leaving employers.

3—Limit geographic range.

4—Present or explain views on philosophy, religion, or politics, unless asked.

5—Offer any negative information.

Will you make these key changes to your resume? Let me know in the comments below or show us on social media by tagging @Cfashionista!