How to Prepare a Resume

Your resume is your first and perhaps the most important opportunity to impress your prospective employer. Needless to say, it should be eye-catching and publicize your qualities and credentials without being over the top. This is all the more important because an employer may read hundreds of resumes every day. In this article, we reveal effective tips on how to prepare a resume which will make yours stand out from the rest and hopefully land you that dream job you are longing for.

How to Prepare a Resume

  • Place personal information such as name, contact phone number and e-mail id right on top.
  • Highlight your key skills, credentials and qualifications in bold to attract the reader’s attention.
  • It is important to restrict the length of the resume to one or two pages. Do not write long passages which would only lull the reader to sleep.
  • Ensure that your resume is error-free by proofreading it thoroughly and eliminating all typos and grammatical errors.
  • Keep the tone neutral and refrain from using ‘I’ or ‘my’ in your resume.
  • It is essential not to fudge any details in your resume. If you do fudge, you may be able to get the job. But, there is still the background check most employers do. When they catch you out, you will be unceremoniously evicted from the company and to add insult to injury you will end up with a permanent black mark on your track record.
  • Do not use fancy fonts, but stick to normal ones like ‘Times New Roman’ or ‘Arial’. Ensure that you use the same font in the entire resume.
  • Do not include your salary expectation in your resume.
  • Do not use negative words or phrases in your resume.
  • Print the resume on a laser printer and use a good quality A4 size paper.
  • You can check out sample resumes on various websites and select the format that you like. If you can afford it, you can even employ paid professional services to craft an attractive resume.

You need to remember that your resume has only about 30 seconds to impress a prospective employer. Therefore, sell yourself well in your resume, but do not go over the top. Finally, to reiterate, do not include false information in your resume as this can only cause harm to your integrity and reputation.

2 responses to How to Prepare a Resume

  1. very helpful tips..

  2. raja said on May 12, 2012

    good tips

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