5 Resume Writing Guidelines

If you start searching for some tips on resume writing on the Internet you will find a lot of websites offering detailed assistance with a job search. "How to write a resume from scratch?", "Useful resume writing tips?", "How to succeed in the job search?" and other popular questions are addressed all over the Internet. Some web portals provide comprehensive recommendations, while others offer brief information on how to create application documents and get hired by reputable companies. Prime-Resume have created a list of 5 resume writing guidelines to help job seekers direct their efforts in the right way. Our experts have selected the most useful information in order to save time for those who desire to know the essence of successful writing. Obviously, these guidelines don't cover every single aspect of this complicated process, but these recommendations can give you an idea of what a successful CV looks like...

Only 5 Things to Remember When Writing a Resume

Job-Search-Find-a-Job#1. You have to realize why you need a resume. It may sound weird, but without understanding what you want to accomplish with your resume you won't be successful. When we say you have to know why you need it, we mean you have to know a specific position you are going to apply for. Creating a generic resume in no way will be effective as it will fail to present you as a good match for the specific position. If you sit down to write a resume without knowing who you are going to send it to you will develop nothing more than a generic document.

So rule #1 - understand the purpose (not just "get hired", but rather "obtain the position of call center operator" for instance).

#2. If you have been working for more than 15 years don't even think to include every little detail onto your resume. Even though it may seem that the longer your document will be, the more impact it will have on hiring authorities, but this is not true. HR managers don't have time to read an entire resume of yours as they have the pile of CVs to be reviewed. Be brief and include only relevant information to save the time of hiring authorities.

#3. Remember that specific results and accomplishments matter the most. Job seekers tend to list their daily responsibilities believing that they should convince the employer. However, day-to-day responsibilities won't make you stand out. Accomplishments and results will. In other words, it is better to focus on how you helped the company progress (increased sales, expanded customer base, opened a new department, etc.) Be specific about the results and accomplishments you will make the difference.

#4. Make your resume reader friendly. Clean format, no excessive graphic features, and reasonable spacing - these three components will make your CV attractive for hiring authorities, thus increasing your chances to get hired.

#5. Address so-called red flags. Things that may raise concerns on behalf of potential employers are called red flags (employment gaps, career failures, etc.) and have to be addressed on a resume or cover letter. If you don't know how to deal with such issues you may want to turn to a professional career counselor or another party which can help you handle it.

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