6 Golden Rules of Writing Resumes All Job Seekers Must Know

Every recruiter reads a pile of resumes. How could you be so sure that your resume is memorable enough to catch their attention? We heard that recruiters don’t fall for fancy formatting. Plus, they only take less than 25 seconds to skim through your resume.

Really, what should you do? Here are several tips for you, according to professional recruiters.

Do’s:

Mention URLs of your online presence

You might think it is not necessary, but recruiters prefer this kind of information than, say, your weight and height. However, it could be more than just your personal social media accounts. There are many websites to showcase your expertise, concern, and interest. Such as blog for writers, Dribbble for designers, and GitHub for developers.

When a recruiter checks the URLs, your chance to stand out is bigger than ever. Yes, they spend some time to check your online presence. Thus, demonstrate your expertise to open-source repositories, and don’t forget to include it on your resume.

Show some personality into your resume

It is not always putting a ‘boring’ statement on your resume, such as, hard-worker or passionate. Are you a friendly and funny person in real life? Try inserting something on your resume to prove that! Most resumes are very formal. When you write something out of the norm, recruiters will pay more attention to your resume.

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Really, there are ways to make your resume more fun.

List your important personal projects

Office hours normally only take 8 hours of your 24-hour day. What do you do for the rest of your day? Some people have personal side projects, and it could be a plus in eyes of the recruiter. If your projects are related to the industry, do not take those for granted. It could be a strong reason to hire you.

Dont’s:

Create old-fashioned, paper resume

Are you using MS Word’s resume templates? Please don’t. Also, you should not list an objective at the top of the resume like people do in the 90s.

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Things are not going great as well for people who keep mailing, faxing, or hand-delivering paper resumes. Most recruiters are busy and tech-y. They would most likely prefer digital resumes, since they can find keywords more easily.

Write badly and long-winded

Pay more attention on how you write your resume. Is it free of grammatical errors? What kind of writing style did you choose: first person or third person? Whatever it is, make sure you are consistent. Also, recruiters think a resume with a ridiculous number of pages is obnoxious. No need to exaggerate your experiences, responsibilities, and achievements. Do them a favour! Simplify it.

Send it to the CEO

Some job seekers think that they have to send resume addressed to the CEO. While in fact, it makes their resume go unnoticed. CEOs don’t often read resumes. Find the correct person you should send your resume to!

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