Tips for Resume Writing
- Opening Objectives – These are generic…they seldom do anything to differentiate one candidate from another.
- Spelling Mistakes and Grammatical Errors – These types of mistakes immediately disqualify more people than all the other mistakes combined.
- Personal Attributes, Interests, and Hobbies – Do not list personal information such as height, weight, and age, or any other personal information unless it is related to the position in which you are interested.
- Too Many Details – Do not list every task you’ve ever performed in every job you have ever had. This too much information.
- Excessive Bragging – Stating your accomplishments can be helpful, but when it’s overdone, the candidate can come across as narcissistic, a huge turnoff for employers.
- Outdated Information – Leave off activities that you did in High School and omit jobs you held 10 plus years ago.
- False Information – If you falsify information you may be terminated from the position.
- Unexplained Gaps in Work History – While you should account for these gaps, choose your words carefully
- Professionalism – Colored paper, cutesy fonts,links to personal websites, and trendy email addresses are unprofessional.
- Research the company…check their website to familiarize yourself with their products, services, etc.
- Prepare questions in advance from your research. Bring copies of your resume in a business portfolio.
- Take a “dry run” to ensure your directions to the company are correct and estimate time needed.
- Dress for success: dress appropriately for office and non-office related positions.
- Topics not to be discussed during the interview: benefits, salary, vacations, personal information
- Show confidence – a firm handshake, a smile on your face, and speak in positive statements.
- Listen to the interviewer, make eye contact, answer questions in a positive manner and keep responses concise.
- Follow up with a thank you note or email to express your interest in the position and to reinforce your qualifications.