How To Create a Winning Resume

The resume is designed to "advertise" yourself and lead to an interview with your prospective employer. With that in mind, the resume should be your advertisement - it is short enough not to be boring, but is filled with meaty information for your prospective employer to think you might be the one they are looking for, and for you to get an appointment. Here are some tips that can help you build a resume that will do its job - get you an interview.

Be short and concise. Employers do not have the luxury of time to read each line of your resume. They say that on the first few seconds of scanning a resume, if the employer does not find anything interesting, or if the resume has too much information and exceeds two pages, it will most likely end up in a heap of scrap papers.

Your resume should not necessarily list everything about your past work experiences, seminars attended and educational background. While those three things are important and should be in the resume, the tendency is for an employer to get bored over reading a long list. List down the work experiences that are most relevant to the position you are applying for.

Free your resume from clutter. When you are trying to include every detail about your previous work experiences, the tendency is that the resume becomes too cluttered. When you have selected the few, important details to include, provide some space after each line or table to give the reader a visual "breathing room". A two-page, but cluttered resume may most likely end up in the scrap pile, too.

Use an appropriate format. While it is good to be creative, you need to limit your creativity to writing an interesting and engaging resume. You need not use colored paper or flashy colored fonts. Stick to the basic, professional fonts used in standard documents, such as times New Roman and Arial, with font size not smaller than 12 but not larger than 16, depending on the font used. Also be mindful of the margins and paragraph spacing, and the consistency of the font used, especially the fonts for the titles. When attaching a photo, it is best to submit a photograph you have used or will use for a passport application, and not an artistic studio shot or a graduation picture.

Check the basics. Be mindful of your grammar and spelling. Nothing turns off an employer more than wrong grammar and misspelled words. Take advantage of technology and use the spell check feature of your word processor. Then have your resume proofread by another person, just to make sure you did not miss out on anything.

Be truthful. There are creative and engaging ways to write a resume, but always remember to include only truthful facts, since the employer has a lot of ways to verify what you have written. At the end of the day, it is you who will be hired, so make sure you and the person you are referring to in your resume are one and the same.


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