State the position you’re applying for
Rambling and vague objectives have no place in a well-written resume. Something like ‘I strive to be the best at what I do… ‘ will only force the reader to place the resume in the pile of rejects. If you’re applying for a position as a technical analyst, write that down under ‘Objective’. If you don’t have a specific position in mind, summarize your talents in a brief and to-the-point manner. No wishy-washy prose.
Studies show that the average recruiter spends only 10 to 15 seconds scanning a resume. So whoever told you that yours has to span five pages is wasting your time. Keep the length at two pages, max. You may have contributed to world peace but it still won’t compel a recruiter to hire you if you ramble about it for several pages.
Don’t list down all the jobs who’ve had. Recruiters are wary of people who’ve held too many jobs because they perceive them to be job hoppers. Rather, pick the jobs you know hold weight and highlight your positions and any big achievements you made.
Include a performance profile
This should state what your ability for the job is. If you’re applying for the post of a front desk assistant, you know what the job profile is about. But maybe you’re extremely fast at typing or maybe you have a certain computer skill that enhances efficiency. Include this in the performance profile section as it summarizes what you have to offer to the job position. Keep the length to just five or six lines to maintain concision.
There’s no one-resume-fits-all format and avoid it if you want to be noticed. We’ve all worked different jobs, some totally different from others. A person who once worked as a front desk assistant and now plans to apply for the post of an accountant shouldn’t include skills like shorthand as it doesn’t relate to accounting skills. So chart out formats depending on the position you’re applying for.
Some resume writers say adding color and graphs is a no-no while others advise using them. What you should do is decide whether these tools are necessary for the resume you’re writing.
Don’t rely on autocorrect or spell check. Anyone who’s used word processors knows that the software highlights strange ‘mistakes’ and relying on them is a disaster. Rather, manually read and reread what you’ve written. If your command over language is weak, ask a friend who’s well-versed in the tongue to proof read it for you.