• “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What To Always Include & Never Include in Your Resume

When you begin to look at how to write resume content consider the points below, as these will help you make your resume stand out from the crowd.


* Always make sure you print your resume on standard letter size, white or ivory rag paper.
* Always invest in having your resume professionally typed, but not typeset, with plenty of space between paragraphs, and allow for adequate margins.
* Always use standard English. Stay away from multi-syllable words when a one or two syllable word is clearer.
* Always use short paragraphs - try to make them no longer than five lines.
* Always check your resume and the cover letter to make sure they are error-free. Proofread, and ask others to proofread.Always rewrite a resume for a specific company. Never send the same resume to more
* Always include your significant contributions at each one of your jobs.
* Always concentrate on the jobs that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.
* Always list your activity with professional, trade and civic associations - but only if they are appropriate.
* Always keep a permanent file of your achievements, no matter how inconsequential they may appear to be. This is the basis for a good resume, and it is also essential information to get a raise or promotion.
* Always give each of your references a copy of your resume.
* Always send a brief, customized cover letter with each resume.
* Always send your resume by messenger overnight mail if you’re applying for a high salary level job and you’re reasonably convinced you fit the job specifications.
* Always re-read your resume before interview to ensure you recall what you’ve written - chances are the interviewer did just that too

* Never include in your resume reasons for termination or leaving a job. In almost all cases, the reader can find negativity to even the best reason. It’s much better to explain your reasons in person.
* Never take more than two lines to list hobbies, sports and social activities. When in doubt, “leave them out”.
* Never state “References Available On Request”. It’s assumed, and clutters up the resume. Other things to leave out include your social security number, your spouse’s occupation and your personal philosophies.
* Never list references on the resume.
* Never use exact dates in your resume. Months and years are adequate.
* Never include the date your resume was prepared. If your search takes longer than a few months, the resume will appear outdated.
* Never include your company phone number unless your immediate boss is aware of your departure.
* Never include your height, weight or remarks about your physical appearance or health.
* Never list your high school or grammar school if you’re a college graduate.
* Never state your objectives on your resume unless the resume is targeted to that job or occupation.
* Never use jargon unless you’re sure the resume will be read by someone who understands the buzz-words,
* Never use the so-called “action words” like sparked, accelerated, and streamlined. They’re passe.
* Never provide salary information in your resume. Discuss it in the interview. If you are required to give that information, state it in your cover letter.
* Never lie.

by JohnnyC

Club Med Maldives