How to start writing the resume?

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Advice and recommendations for presenting and writing the resume

Improvement is one of the main things you have to set your mind into when job hunting. You might’ve looked already for advice or recommendations to make your resume the best it can be. However, anyone could let little mistakes slip by. If you’ve written a resume already, you can agree when we say it’s extremely easy to make silly mistakes without even noticing. We’re here to tell you that it’s not impossible to write and present an excellent resume and that it can be improved a little bit more each time.

Many people, have created their resumes and sent it to the recruiter. After a while, they check it and see that they made a few mistakes. The problem is that the damage is done already, there’s no going back! This is why it’s crucial to prevent any mistakes from being made and ruining your chances of being called to the interview.

Recommendations for writing the resume

How to start writing a resume
How to start writing a resume

We’ve found some mistakes that are usually made by candidates. We are going to mention them and help you avoid falling into them; that way you’ll have an efficient, effective, clear, and over all, successful resume.

  • Writing a lot and saying too little: make lists using bullets and organize all your paragraphs in a certain synthetized order to mention your abilities and experience. Avoid using long sentences; employers aren’t waiting for you to mention all you’ve done, they only want to read short and precise information that describes your competence.
  • Sticking to the same resume: don’t use the same resume for all the vacancies you’re applying to. Every employer looks for something different and that’s what you have to give them. Make little adjustments to the resume to fulfil the desired profile expectations each time you apply to a job.
  • Focusing on tasks instead of accomplishments: show what you were able to do for companies you’ve worked for. Maybe you’ve created a better environment or improved the productivity in your past jobs. If you have statistics, you can include them (obviously if they are convenient).
  • Presenting an extremely long resume: some find that two pages is more than enough to persuade a recruiter and to show them that you are a valuable individual that is worthy of an interview. Maybe it isn’t enough for you, but it’s absolutely effective. You’ll be showing a clear resume, easy to read that has all its sections perfectly distinguishable.
  • Leaving too much information out: some people chose or forget to write events that might end up generating an “empty space” in their work history. Even if the tasks you’ve performed don’t seem important for the job, you can briefly mention them just to avoid getting that gap there, it’ll surely increase your chances.
  • Being ambiguous or vague: try to mention specific events that are focused in the company’s needs. Don’t write sentences without any real content or back up. It’ll use your valuable space and won’t contribute at all in your selection.
  • Careless design: even if the job you’re applying to has nothing to do with image or design, the distribution and presentation always needs to be impeccable. Use a traditional font and style with an appropriate size and color.
  • Wrong personal data: it happens more than you could imagine, people write their data wrong all of the time (phone number, e-mail, address, etc.) and then they wonder why they aren’t receiving news. So double check your personal information before sending the resume in (and remember to have a professional e-mail).

Prevent, improve and succeed! Easy as that. You can be what recruiters want.

 

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