Writing your resume? Keep these 6 rules in mind

Writing your resume? Keep these 6 rules in mind


Professionally speaking, your resume is a mirror of what your career has been like and what you can offer in terms of professionalism to your prospective employer. But a CV full of typos, errors and cluttered information doesn’t create a good impression. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind while writing your resume:
Avoid typos
No one is going to give your resume a second glance if you write sentences like ‘I’m a carrier-oriented person’ and ‘I’m a graduate form …’. “Typos on a job application can kill your prospective of landing a job,” says Meera Nair, a senior HR manager. “A sloppy resume means the applicant will do a sloppy job. Typos and spelling errors are not justifiable on a resume. A CV gives a first-hand account of a job seeker’s capabilities and experience. If he can’t pay attention to something as important as his resume, why should I believe he would treat my business with care?” she asks.

Avoid confusing objectives and common phrases
According to Vishwajit H, talent manager at an employment site, “‘Seeking a challenging position’ and ‘want to grow professionally’ are objectives for you. But what do you have to offer to the company? Your skills must bring him profit, and that’s what you must stress on.” Also avoid cliched phrases like ‘proven track record’, ‘excellent communication skills’, ‘work well under pressure’, and ‘result-oriented’.

Avoid exaggerating
You might be tempted to exaggerate, or even lie, about your past. But remember that employers have tools to verify what’s written on the resume. “We always do background checks, track a person on social media and call for references before employing someone,” states Vishwajit.

Restrict your resume to minimum number of pages
There’s nothing called an ideal length to a resume; as long as it justifies your qualification and experience, and doesn’t put your prospective employer to sleep, it’s fine. “But then, it’s suggested that you limit yourself to a maximum of two pages. No one has the time to read an epic. Try to accommodate your qualification, past experiences, your skills and what value you can add to the company in two, or in rare cases, three pages. But also make sure you don’t miss out on important information in a bid to keep your resume short,” advises Meera.

Keep the format simple
Forget fancy, colourful and multiple fonts and jarring text sizes. Also forget centre alignment for texts and random bolding and italising of copy. “The idea is to keep the format simple, readable and visually appealing. Trying to beautify the resume will only give the readers a headache,” warns Akanksha Shah, a HR professional.

Do not copy another person’s resume
The easy way out for most youngsters these days is to model their resume on their friend’s or their peers’. “A resume is personal; it’s about what you’ve achieved. Why would you copy another person’s and replace few words and basic details?” asks Meera. She adds, “Even if you can only come up with a one-pager, let it be original.”

(This article first appeared on Times of India)