The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Resume

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Resume

You have attended some of the networking events, met representatives from various firms and potentially have already come to a decision on where you would like to apply. Now it is time to brush up your resume and submit your application.

What should I include on my resume? How should I format it? How do I make it stand out? These are some questions that students frequently ask me. To help you answer these questions I’ve provided some do’s and don’ts of writing a resume.

Do not use a generic resume when applying to several different organizations.

Do ensure that you target your resume; make it specific to that organization and position you are applying for. Review the job posting, research the company and determine what skills and qualifications the organization is looking for and ensure that you highlight in your resume those skills and qualifications.

Do not hold out on any information that could potentially help you stand out from the crowd.
Most organizations are looking for well-rounded individuals; those who can demonstrate that they have been able to maintain decent marks at school as well as potentially hold down a part-time job, get involved in the community, or participate in extra-curricular activities. It is important that your resume reflects everything about you.

Do make sure your resume is flawless. The seemingly simple things can make a big difference! Print your resume off and read through it carefully for spelling mistakes and check your formatting. It is always a good idea to have someone else read it for you in case there are mistakes that you didn’t catch.

You have approximately 60 seconds of a recruiter’s time to make an impression and make them want to read on – this is your time to market yourself to your prospective employer so make the most of it!

Edward Kanaan
Human Resources Administrator

Originally Published on Sep 12, 2014