Resume Preparation Tips

Resume writing style and It's content

Do's

  • Write positively, clearly and concisely. Brevity is the required trait in a resume
  • Use short sentences and paragraphs. A resume should just be long enough to get your message across
  • Write statements that indicate how you have used your skills and knowledge to solve complex problems
  • Present strongest points first in your resume. Always be specific and quantify accomplishments wherever possible
  • Information provided in resume should be accurate. Describe your experience with tangible words rather than blurred descriptions
  • Always start each sentence with a strong action word when describing your duties and accomplishments (e.g. achieved, managed, designed, and organized. Use enough key words to define your skills, experience, education, professional affiliations, etc
  • Use jargon and acronyms which are specific to your industry. You should spell out acronyms in brackets as well
  • Information should be presented in reverse chronological order within categories. Education and career history starting should be started with the most recent first
  • At the end you should double check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Misspellings and bad sentences communicate negative impressions about a candidate
  • Review of resume is important. Ask someone to review your resume to get an unbiased opinion. Feedback helps you improvise your resume

Dont's

  • Do not include salary requirements in resume until it is requested specifically, these details can be outlined in your cover letter
  • Avoid excessive personal or educational details. Do not include information that is not relevant to your employment objective
  • You should not include extra personal information such as, height, weight, marital status, number of dependents, religion, health status, or political inclination in your resume
  • Nationality or visa status is relevant only if it affects your availability for employment


General appearance of resume

  • Use light-coloured (preferably white), high-quality paper for resume print
  • Printing quality and paper stock for the cover letter and resume should be same
  • Use bold type, capital letters and underlining, to emphasize key points. Avoid excessive use of different fonts and graphics throughout the resume
  • Use of short statements is always great. As compared with lengthy sentences or paragraphs, set out in bullet point form are quicker and easier to read
  • Don’t forget to focus on layout, avoid giving your resume a crowded look and use wide margins and allow plenty of white space
  • Avoid handwritten resume, it should be prepared using a word processing package, and printed on a good quality printer. Also you should reproduce copies using a high-quality printer or photocopier only


Tips for cover letter:

Don’t forget the importance of cover letter, its really works

A cover letter should;

  • Always accompany a resume with a cover letter, unless the advertisement insists explicitly that the applicant NOT include one
  • Outline your area of specialty in your cover letter, your preference for position (permanent or contract) and location, your income expectations (if specifically requested). Don’t forget to write your main strengths
  • Be specific by relating experiences hiring company is looking for. They should be concise and crafted with good grammar.
  • Be customized to the hiring company to show that you have researched the company and can connect what is happening in the company with your experience and knowledge