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Resume Dos and Don’ts

We know how tough it can be to write a resume.  At Jobonomics.com, we’re here to help simplify the way you view resume writing.  Here’s a list of resume do’s and don’ts that you need to keep in mind while you prepare your resume.

Resume Do’s

  • Resume Templates.  Use resume templates to organize the contents of your resume.  Be sure to pick the one that is clean and very reader-friendly.
  • Tailor It.  If you use the same exact resume for every position that you are apply for, you’re making a huge mistake and likely missing out on interview opportunities.  Always tailor your resume to every position you apply for and use the appropriate keywords.
  • Bullets.  Use bullets, but use them sparingly.  The more bullets you have on your resume, the more that you reduce its overall impact. The bullets that you use should highlight your key accomplishments and not be a list of everything that you did from A to Z.
  • Action Verbs.  Each bullet, within your professional experience section on your resume, should begin with an action verb.  Be sure to use the appropriate tense (past tense for previous jobs, present tense for current job).
  • Contact Information.  You typically want to include your home address, telephone number and e-mail address.  Be sure to triple check your contact information to make sure that it’s valid!
  • Proof Read. Proof Read. Proof Read.   Check for spelling errors, subject and verb agreement and formatting consistency on your resume.  These things can be deal breakers.

Resume Don’ts

  • DON’T Lie.  We know it’s tough out there, but don’t resort to lying to get a job.  You won’t feel any sort of accomplishment and you might even get caught.  It’s not worth damaging your career.
  • DON’T Use Personal Pronouns.  What are pronouns?  Pronouns are words such as “I”, “we”, “he”, “she” and “they”.  Avoid using pronouns at all cost.
  • DON’T Include Personal Information.  Let’s be honest, nobody cares about your height, weight, eye color, or the number of kids that you have.  Keep that off of your resume.
  • DON’T Put “References Available Upon Request”.  Don’t know what genius suggested that a person should include this on a resume, but it’s a waste of valuable real estate.  Employers know that you will provide your references to them when they ask.
  • DON’T Put Your Graduation Date.  The only exception to this rule is if you’re a recent college graduate applying for a an entry-level position.  Everyone outside of that group should exclude their graduation date from his/her resume.  You heard it here, employers can discriminate based on your age.

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