Are you in the job market, but don’t know what information to include on your resume? Honestly, it all depends on your experience, job industry, years of experience and a lot of other things that can impact what you put on your resume.
You can always hire a professional resume writer, but I know sometimes they can be pretty pricey so below we have a list of do’s and don’ts of resume writing.
1. Highlight Your Most Relevant Experience
Depending on what job you are applying, make sure you highlight most relevant experience to the job you’re apply for. If you’re applying to a job in Finance, keep jobs at a Call Center off and only put your finance experience on your resume.
2. Do Optimize for Applicant Tracking System
A lot of the recruiting process is now automated and through an ATS. Before your resume ever sees a human, the ATS will look for certain keywords and phrases on your resume and if it’s missing, than you will be automatically rejected. I’ve sometimes applied for a job at 3:05pm and got a rejection e-mail at 3:15pm, like I’m 100% sure a human hasn’t looked my resume just that fast. A trick I’ve learned from social media is that if you will copy and paste the job description on your resume, change the font color to white and save it as a PDF file!
3. Add Certifications or Specialized Training
Adding certifications or specialized training like online courses that will help you be more qualified for the job would be important to add to your resume. Especially if the job description list it as a *preferred* certification. It will help boost your chances of getting the job.
4. Include Specific Metrics and Achievements
What did you do to help the company? If you’re in social media, did you increase the companies followers or did you start a marketing campaign that went extremely well? Or you’re a program coordinator, did you start a new program at your organization that was extremely successful?
1. Use a Fancy Cursive Font
The more simple the font is, the better. If you have a font that is too difficult to read, a recruiter and/or hiring manager may pass up on your resume.
2. Copy Job Description Verbatim
Make sure you put key phrases and/or words on your resume, but don’t do a copy and paste on your resume. In the long run, it won’t help you out especially if you aren’t able to speak to those responsibilities.
3. Go Overboard
The standard length of your resume should 1 page. If it goes beyond that, maybe limit some of the things you put on your resume. If you’re about 4-5 years removed from college, putting organizations you were involved in on-campus should be removed.
4. Put Education Dates on Resume
Something I’ve learned in my professional career is the more removed you are from college, the more likelihood you are overlooked or a job because employers may think you’re too experienced.