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10 Tips For Writing A Good Resume

Hiring managers take only a couple of minutes to skim through a resume. Yet, writing resume can be a daunting task. After all, you need to:

  1. Choose a resume format
  2. Select the best font
  3. Showcase your accomplishments
  4. Add credibility with your job history
  5. Explain employment gaps

The list can go on.

Since a resume is a crucial entry into a good corporate role, you may have intense pressure to perfect your resume.

Therefore, we have written this article for your rescue. Here are top 10 Tips to write a good resume.

 

Tip 1: Double check for typos and grammatical errors

This is pretty obvious. But, you’ll be surprised to know how many resumes have silly typos in them. Make sure to double check for the same and get someone else to also ready through your resume.

You don't want silly mistakes giving your potential employers an impression that you don't care.

 

Tip 2: Customise it to the specific job you are applying for

‘One solution fits all’ does not work. Most employers can flag out generic resumes. Your lack of effort screams, “I’m not particularly interested in your company.

Make sure to customise your resume to the specific company and job role you are applying for. Everything you put on the resume should show that you are fit for that specific designation.

 

Tip 3: Use a simple font

You may think that fancy fonts may differentiate you. However, in reality, fancy fonts (especially those that are not sans script) are taxing for the reader. The mere effort they have to put in getting acclimatised to your font may put them off.

Therefore, save the fancy font for other creative projects. For your resume, stick to the classics. One good example is ‘Arial.’

 

Tip 4: Emphasize on the accomplishments

Employers don't want to know your previous job description. They can Google that.

What they actually want to know is:

  1. What you have achieved
  2. What you have learnt

So, don't merely list your duties. Rather, show how good you were at the job.

For example, instead of saying “Updated departmental files” – you should rather say, “Reorganized 10 years’ worth of unwieldy files, making them easily accessible to department members.”

 

Tip 5: Don’t overcrowd it

Employers have 100s of resumes to read. They will appreciate it if you make this process easier for them.

One of the common mistakes many make is over crowd the resume. This is a BIG no-no.

Make sure to remove the clutter. When you customise the resume for the specific job, you should be able to tell which details you can omit.

For example, if you are applying for an investment banking job, you need not mention that you were the president of your school’s chocolate society in 8th grade!

 

Tip 6: Make is chronological

In different sub-sections, chronologically list your education details and job history. This will allow the reader to easily paint a picture of your life.

 

Tip 7: Highlight quantifiable results

Do not use vague and generic statements.

Instead, use numbers and percentages to describe your accomplishments. This definitely add to your credibility.

For example, instead of saying “I achieved extremely positive results” – you should rather say, “I improved the website traffic by 60% in 2 months.”

 

Tip 8: Speak the employer’s language

Prior research about the company and role clearly shows on a good resume. Therefore, do so.

In your resume, try to use a few keywords that mimic the language of the corporate you are applying to. At the same time, don't overdo it!

 

Tip 9: Avoid the use of “I”

Every word on your resume is precious. Don’t use filler words. You also don't need to say “I” in every sentence. They already know that the resume is about YOU.

For example, instead of saying “I was responsible for IT Help Desk” – you can say, “Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff.”

 

Tip 10: Save it in PDF

If you save your resume in PDF, the format does not get distorted on other PCs. This is a safety measure to ensure that your resume remains just how you intended it to be.

 

Conclusion

Writing a good resume is a herculean task. This is especially because resumes play a very important role in landing you a job. Follow these 10 tips to perfect your resume.

Tip 1: Double check for typos and grammatical errors

Tip 2: Customise it to the specific job you are applying for

Tip 3: Use a simple font

Tip 4: Emphasize on the accomplishments

Tip 5: Don’t overcrowd it

Tip 6: Make is chronological

Tip 7: Highlight quantifiable results

Tip 8: Speak the employer’s language

Tip 9: Avoid the use of “I”

Tip 10: Save it in PDF

Aishwarya

Aishwarya

Aishwarya Manjunath is a graduate from University College London. She has a keen interest in understanding what drives decisions, attitudes and behaviours.

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