How to Write a Resume That Will Get You the Job?

Resume Writing Do's and Don'ts, Common mistakes

So here you are - after researching on potential employers and having done a bit of soul searching, you are on your path of putting together the perfect Resume. Before dealing with the list of do's and don’ts and avoiding common mistakes in creating your resume, let us first look into the basic difference between a CV and a resume.

The major difference between the two lies in the length, and the items to be included. A resume is just a brief, concise one or two pages summary of the educational qualifications and the skills of a candidate. A CV or Curriculum Vitae is longer and contains a higher detailed synopsis.

Some of the simple Do's and Don’ts which can be of immense help in avoiding the common mistakes are:


• Your resume should be easily read. It is actually a summary rather than an autobiography. You must make use of precise, unambiguous sentences and also avoid flowery prose, as the reader is a busy person and he will not have enough time for struggling through the content.

• You must try and limit your resume’s length to one or maximum two pages. You should go up to three pages when it is truly necessary in order to provide justice to your skills and career experience.

• Emphasize your past skills and accomplishments. Preferably these should be quantified to grab the attention of the reader. If you have helped in increasing the profits, you must also quantify by how much percentage.

• In your resume, you must focus on data which has relevance to your personal career goals. If you intend to make a career switch, do give stress on what skills can be transferred in order to provide support to the new goals of your career.

• Neatness is very important. A poorly organized resume which is badly typed shows the applicant in poor light. Have your resume word processed or typed, to create a good impact on your prospective employers.


• Do not think of enclosing any photograph with your resume.
• You should not mention personal references in your resume. A prospective employer wants those references only at the final stages of the hiring process.
• Don’t use odd-sized papers and loud colors. Paper of superior quality measuring 8 1/2 X 11-inch in white, beige or buff is ideal.
• Your past salary and reasons relating to your leaving the previous jobs need not be mentioned. Avoid discussion on hobbies or any sport which you enjoy, marital status, your age and race. Let your resume speak of business related items only.

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