Though allowing a professional writer to compose your own resume could be an advantage, learning the basics would let anyone draft their own like a professional. The difference between the two works could be considered between being simply “satisfactory” or excellently “competent.” If you’re considering to create a resume on your own, fear not. Here are our proven resume writing suggestions to make your D.I.Y resume a success:
1. Format and Presentation
On the interview schedule, applicants arrive on time, and wear their most professional-looking suits. However, interviewers not only look on the appearance of the applicant(s), but also on their resume(s). A resume reflects its owner. It acts like a forerunner for the applicant by providing the employers a preview of their prospective employees. If the format and presentation of the resume is professional, the applicant is also considered as such. Make sure your resume is ready for its appointment, and dress it with a professional suit, rather than just shirt and jeans.
Choose the format based on where you want to focus the interviewer’s attention. A chronological resume would be most appropriate when continuing your current career path. A functional resume would emphasize your skills and is best used when changing career paths.
2. Accomplishments and responsibilities
Responsibility is the set of things that you are required to accomplish. On the other hand, accomplishments are those that you have already achieved. Accomplishments might be part of your responsibilities, or those that are beyond your job description, as long as you produced valuable results.
Examples of accomplishments are those that improve the productivity and efficiency of the company, such as those where you assisted in introducing new products and services; resolved customer problems; or exceeded accepted standards.
3. Common Errors
There are common errors committed by applicants. The most usual is the use of pronouns such as “I”, “me” or “my,” which could be eliminated to produce a “telegraphic” method and is more preferred because it makes the sentence sound more active. Instead of “I lead the grievance committee,” write “Lead the grievance committee.” Similarly, also avoid phrases such as “duties included” and “responsible for.”
Also, personal information such as age, health condition, ethnicity, marriage and family status, should not be included. It would be asked for in the personal information sheet from the employers or during the interview. Request for these sets of information to be included in the resume might indicate discrimination. Likewise, resumes don’t need to have pictures, unless the person is applying for post that needs physical appearance such as modeling or artistic positions.
Resumes are not the venue for explanations on reasons for leaving the applicant’s previous employment or employment gap. This could be discussed during the interview process, or written in the application form provided by the company. This is same with the salary information. On the other hand, attachments such as letters of recommendation, certificates, work samples or list of references could be provided upon the interviewer’s or the company’s request.
Following these resume writing suggestions would help the applicant compose an impressive resume. It would not bore the interviewer to scan or dismiss it due to poor construction. A positively striking resume would help the employer have an optimistic impression on the applicant.