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44 Resume Writing Tips


Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve

your chances of landing that dream job. That is beyond

discussion. How does one make sure that his resume is top

 notch and bullet proof, however? There are several

 websites with tips around the web, but most bring just a

 handful of them. We wanted to put them all together in a

single place, and that is what you will find below: 44 resume

writing tips.

resume writing tips


1. Know the purpose of your resume

Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the

document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a

really long and boring piece that makes them look like

desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to

land an interview, and the interview will land you the job


2. Back up your qualities and strengths 

Instead of creating a long (and boring) list

with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem

solver) try to connect them with real life and work

experiences. In other words, you need to back these

qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are

just trying to inflate things.

3. Make sure to use the right keywords

Most companies (even smaller ones) are already using

digital databases to search for candidates. This means that

the HR department will run search queries based on specific

keywords. Guess what, if your resume doesn’t have the

keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be

out even before the game starts.  

These keywords will usually be nouns. Check the job

description and related job ads for a clue on what the

employer might be looking for. You can read more about

resume keywords on the article Tapping the Power of

Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness.

4. Use effective titles

Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about

your resume in 5 seconds. Under this time frame the most

important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the

resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as

descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea

about the nature of your past work experiences. For


Bad title: Accounting

Good title: Management of A/R and A/P and Recordkeeping

5. Proofread it twice

It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of

proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances

of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not

enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as

necessary. If you don’t know how to proofread effectively,

here are 8 tips that you can use.

6. Use bullet points

No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long

paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet

points and short sentences to describe your experiences,

educational background and professional objectives.


7. Where are you going? 

Including professional goals can help you by giving

employers an idea of where you are going, and how you

want to arrive there. You don’t need to have a special

section devoted to your professional objectives, but overall

the resume must communicate it. The question of whether

or not to highlight your career objectives on the resume is a

polemic one among HR managers, so go with your feeling.

If you decide to list them, make sure they are not generic.

8. Put the most important information first

This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume,

as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your

previous work experience will be the most important part of

the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your

experiences or skills, list the most important ones first. 

9. Attention to the typography

First of all make sure that your fonts are big enough. The

smaller you should go is 11 points, but 12 is probably safer.

Do not use capital letters all over the place, remember that

your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as

clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices. 

10. Do not include “no kidding” information

There are many people that like to include statements like

“Available for interview” or “References available upon

request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it

should be a given that you are available for an interview

and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid

items that will make the employer think “no kidding!” 

11. Explain the benefits of your skills

Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the

attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it

will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible

results, then you will greatly improve your chances.

12. Avoid negativity

Do not include information that might sound negative in the

eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and

to interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things

that you hated about your last company.

13. Achievements instead of responsibilities

Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities

included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling

yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, therefore,

describe your professional achievements.

14. No pictures

Sure, we know that you are good looking, but unless you

are applying for a job where the physical traits are very

important (e.g., modeling, acting and so on), and unless the

employer specifically requested it, you should avoid

attaching your picture to the resume.

15. Use numbers

This tip is a complement to the 13th one. If you are going

to describe your past professional achievements, it would be

a good idea to make them as solid as possible. Numbers are

your friends here. Don’t merely mention that you increased

the annual revenues of your division, say that you increased

them by $100,000, by 78%, and so on.





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