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November 16, 2020

Resume Writing: What to do/don’t do?

The ability to write a Resume is a skill for itself, and looking for a job is a whole job. For this reason, it is important to dedicate a good amount of time understanding how to better transmit in a sheet of paper all the information you believe the next company hiring you will need to know about yourself.

To help you, Expert Education has prepared the following Do’s and Don’ts for writing your resume… Share with your friends if you like it!

 Do´s  

  • Do start from a template: your resume needs to look designed to catch the eyes of the
    hiring manager (Look these 41 best resumes templates ever) 
  • Do highlight your most important experiences: you should tailor you resume and your work
    experience to the target position, your resume should demonstrate that you have a specific
    set of skills, experience and accomplishments necessaries to the job.
  • Do optimize for applicant tracking system: many organizations use applicant tracking
    system to exclude unqualified applicants. The system scams your resume for contextual key
    words and phrases only selecting the ones with the most similar relevance to the position.
    To make sure your resume makes it past include the key words from the position advertised
    in your resume.
  • Do consider including volunteer and non-work experience: volunteer, side projects and
    other gigs can be a unique way to differentiate your resume and show other skills.
  • Do include your soft skills: make sure you describe your soft skills and how you applied the
    soft skills in your career using facts and figures.
    Example: “Developed and independently initiate new membership program to alleviate high
    turnover of staff members, resulting in a significant reduction of staff turnover”
    Do tell the truth: anything that is not 100% true does not belong in your resume.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use more than two fonts: one font and one format make your resume look clean and
    professional.
  • Don’t go overboard with text effects: don’t make your resume distractive because of the
    excessive use of text effects, a cleaner resume always looks more professional.
  • Don’t use more than two lines per bullet: the person skimming your resume usually don’t
    spend more than 20 seconds reading it, cut it down to the most important information.
  • Don’t include unrelated or off-putting hobbies: eliminate everything that is not transferable
    to the work-related skills. If you love playing soccer or is part of book club you can leave it
    out of your resume.
  • Don’t try to hide gaps: always be honest and confident when explaining unemployment
    periods.
  • Don’t include anything that could be discriminated against: do not include your age, marital
    status, gender race or country of birth in your resume.