Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips - a Mindful Note for Job Seeker

1.    Irrelevant Qualification only spells your non – focus.
Mentioning Qualifications just for the heck of it or to impress the recruiter about various degrees acquired won’t come handy as it will reveal only that you are directionless and dabbling into various streams that might not make sense with your job experience.


2.    An Initial Covering letter can be useful to explain a thing or two about you.
A good research about the company while making a Covering Letter and a mention of why you are interested in a particular job with the prospective employer would always be taken positively. The resume if customized as per the job requirement would always stand good chances to be shortlisted for Interview.


3.    Be particular on use of stationery and pay attention to spelling and grammatical mistakes, this speaks about you if you have an eye for detail.
An A4 size white paper with commonly used fonts and Arial or Times new roman with 12 as font size made in MSWORD or PDF file is the norm. However colored sheet is suggested only if the CV in current form is not been able to garner enough views and it is used to gain the attention of recruiter. Check doubly in case of language used, Incorrect spellings, grammatical errors because this can reduce your chances to sit across the interview table. Do not use High powered vocabulary that one needs to open a Dictionary to comprehend the resume.

4.    A Big No to Photograph, Unless it's specifically requested
Photo is distracting and unnecessary especially while E-mailing, it can make the file heavy and might not reach the desired destination as files above certain size are rejected. Also the fixing of Photograph might result into alignment of CV getting disturbed.
Photographs could be useful in context of hospitality or jobs at Front desk where looks or visible appearance is an important criterion.


5.    Very Exhaustive Resumes will make Recruiter lose interest in your credentials and CV will find place only in junkbox.
The approach of being specific and concise always work, just to make CV lengthy and copying the same set of responsibilities in one role to another role and from one organization to another will dilute recruiters interest. In fact the responsibilities change from being an executioner at junior Management to Operational at Middle Management whereas it becomes Strategic in nature at Senior Management.

6.    Too many references or even including a reference can mar your chances.
References are generally required at the last stage of evaluation process so as such not required at the initial interface. At the same time writing too many references can turn against you as you never know one out of the multiple ones might not found favour with the Interviewer because of his past experience. References should be provided only after being asked for and should have informed the referee that his name has been given for reference check.

7.     Stereotyped adjectives like Dynamic, Versatile and repetitive use of words like results-oriented, Self motivated, High energy Levels sounds too redundant.
Often employees go way ahead to impress their recruiters by using impressive adjectives. Words such as innovative, motivated and dynamic have been used so often that they've lost their impact. Steer clear of these words whenever possible and focus on quantifying your contributions.

8.    Responsibilities in place of accomplishments will greatly reduce the impact of your resume.
It has been researched that recruiters often wish to understand how an employee’s role made a difference in the company. One often tends to mention the part of responsibilities as accomplishment, few responsibilities are such that it is always expected as part of your job whereas accomplishment is something exceptional that probably would have resulted in cost cutting, savings or profits.

9.    Irrelevant hobbies could make you appear strange rather than well-rounded.
Mention of Hobbies/Interests than can translate into your usefulness for a job applied can always be a bonus, else hobby or passion should exhibit versatility and adaptability on part of your character. If you believe you haven’t any specific Hobbies better avoid the Hobbies/Interest heading.

10.    Using an improper email address is immature and childish.
It has been noticed that mentioning humorous email addresses using words like queen, princess, bond007 etc might be fine for your personal correspondence, but not for a job application. For a professional email address, just use your name and numeric.

11.    Talk Strategic than Generic.
At Senior levels the candidate should talk about the strategic nature of their job rather than whole lot of responsibilities they are performing. One page Snapshot is sufficient at very Senior Levels, it should talk only about accomplishments at the organizations that they have served.


12.    Be Cautious while putting information on Networking Sites
Linkedin or other professionally networking sites are very commonly referred by recruiters these days and is used in tandem with CV while screening the application, any information that is presented in CV and  not matching with profile on Networking site will make it unpleasant for the candidate if asked to explain.

13.    Avoid constructing CVs that follow standard pattern.
Notably, the CVs that are being made by some professional organizations use specific sequence, fonts and language that makes it easy to comprehend the work of a professional resume maker. It will be assumed by interviewer that certain things are exaggerated and not truly speak about candidates potential.