Resume Dos and Don’ts
Writing or updating a resume or CV is difficult, and there is a lot of different advice. Speak to friends or search online for help and you will find conflicting answers to questions such as:
Should my resume be one page long or longer?
Should education or work experience go first?
Should I include a list of referees?
Do I need to include keywords?
Below we share the essential dos and don’ts when writing or updating your resume or CV.
Five Things you must do when writing your resume
- Customize your resume for the position you are applying for. Highlight how your qualifications, experience and skills match the job you are applying for. Note keywords in the job requirements and tailor your resume to demonstrate that you are the person for the job.
- Keep your resume as concise as possible. One page is preferable, two pages is usually the maximum length.
- Include soft skills. If you have demonstrated soft skills such as adaptability, collaboration, persuasion, etc. don’t just say it, use facts and figures to show how. See our blog post on 5 Soft Skills To Get You Hired to find out how.
- Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. It is worth reading through your resume a few times to get rid of any typos and fix mistakes. Print out and read aloud if you can. Ask a friend or colleague to read it – someone else is more likely to catch an error or suggest an improvement.
- Include your contact information. You want the employer to be in touch, right? Use a personal email address rather than your work one. If linking to your LinkedIn or other social profiles, check that they are up-to-date and professional.
Five mistakes you should avoid when writing your resume
- Don’t lie. Always tell the truth: don’t exaggerate an accomplishment, fill in gaps on your timeline, add a duty or experience that you didn’t have, or misrepresent your education.
- Avoid vague or flowery language. Don’t describe yourself as outstanding, results-oriented, or high-achieving. Use effective and concise terms that point to a specific skill or accomplishment. Keep your language simple and focused.
- Don’t mention hobbies or interests. Unless they are relevant to the job or demonstrate required skills, don’t mention hobbies or interests. You have limited space on your resume – fill it with skills and experiences relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Don’t include personal information. Employers do not need to know your height, weight, age, sex, family situation religion, political views, place of birth, etc.
- Don’t say ‘References Available Upon Request.’ If you are asked for references, include them. It is generally assumed you will provide references if requested. You don’t need to waste valuable space saying this.
Follow these top tips and your resume will be in good shape.
Having said that, at Qubiti we believe the need for resumes is disappearing. To find a job with Qubiti, you don’t need to submit a resume: simply answer a few questions about your education, experience and personality – and that’s it.
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