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The Do’s & Don’ts of Resume Writing
Resume tips and resources sometimes understate the difficulty of skillfully summarizing an entire career on a single page. So let’s be clear: writing a good resume is more than just slapping together a list of the schools you’ve attended, positions you’ve held, skills you possess and companies for which you’ve worked.
It’s your most valuable marketing document in your job search, your first introduction to a company’s hiring manager and the go-to reference for your career.
Want to impress that hiring manager? Whether you’re writing a resume from scratch or updating an old one, follow these do’s and don'ts to make yours sparkle:
• Customize Your Resume Every Time.
• Showcase Your Tech Skills.
• Highlight Your Achievements.
• Note Your Accomplishments.
• Proofread, and Proofread Again.
• Alert Your References.
• Keep It Updated.
• Misrepresent Your Education or Job Experience.
• Give Reasons for Leaving Each Job.
• Get Too Personal.
• State “References Available Upon Request.”
• Worry About Using Exact Dates.
• Experiment with a Crazy Format.
• Use Your Company Phone Number or Email Address.
• Include Your High School Education If You’re a College Graduate.
• Include Your College GPA.
• List Past Salary Information.
A polished resume is the foundation of your job search. But to land your dream job, you’ll need to develop a sound and winning strategy. Contact a professional recruiter for tips about how to how to write a cover letter, prepare for an interview and salary negotiations, and for other career advice.
– Robert Half
Source: Robert Half blog
About the Author: Robert Half, based in Menlo Park, CA, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, providing skilled professionals in the fields of accounting and finance, technology, legal, creative, marketing and administration. It has more than 400 consulting and staffing locations worldwide.
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