Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Resume - 10 Top Writing Tips

In order to get an interview you need to write a persuasive resume to get pass the gatekeeper, that is, the HR department. Here are the top 10 tips:

  1. Keep it short, clear and concise: The HR department has no time for lengthy resume. Go straight to the point and provide relevant and essential information on one to two pages.

  1. What can you do? Your experience and qualifications are fine. But the employer wants to know what you can do for them. Identify their problems and show them how you can solve their problems in the position that you are applying for.

  1. Flawless writing on quality paper: Make you first impression count. Make it a perfect resume without grammar and spelling mistakes. No slang and jargon. Use fonts such as Times New Roman or Arial with12 points which are easy to read and print your resume on quality paper. Use bullet points to make life easier for someone who is reading your resume.

  1. Vital information: Crucial information such as your contact number and related work experience should be on the front page. Dot not let the HR staff hunt high and low for it.

  1. Covering letter: It would be better if you know the person who reads your resume so you can address him or her personally. The person will be pleased and impressed.

  1. Key words and title: Like the title of an article, your heading will attract attention or it will land in the waste paper basket. It takes only a few seconds for the HR personnel to decide whether to proceed further or reject your application outright. Focus on the appropriate key words of the job that you are applying for. As an example: “Accounts Payable Clerk with 2 years experience” is better than just “Accounts clerk”.

  1. Highlight your achievement: Instead of listing your duties and responsibilities emphasize your achievement at the workplace.

  1. Match your experience with the job you are applying for: Tell the prospective employer how your experience can benefit them in the job that you are applying for. As an example, when you apply for the position of Accounts Manager you should mention that you will cut down the time necessary to come up with the monthly reports.

  1. Tailor-made your resume: Don’t use a standard resume for every job application. One resume should be used exclusively to apply for a particular position.

  1. Your traits and strengths: Highlight your strong points and avoid negative remarks about yourself. Sell yourself and project a receptive image.

A compelling resume will definitely impact and increase your chances of getting an interview.

Wish you good luck.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! This will be a big help for me once I start making my resume. Gonna be graduating soon.


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