Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Avoiding the “unforgotten Sins” of Resume Writing

Writing a resume is as strict as following a seriouse system (religion), any mistake no matter how simple it looks could lead to a total failure better to say “unforgotten sin”- then we should be very aware so to avoid those pitfalls.But first we need to know what are those pitfalls,circle them RED and then keep as further as possible from them.

close you’re eyes for an instance and imagine the person who’s checking you’re resume how he looks,smells,sounds….then surely you’ll realise that he/she is miles away from being you’re primery teacher and you’re years older from being a primery student so forget about those misspellings and grammatical errorss that project a negative picture of you.
considering that writing a correct resume -on the gramatical,linguistic….. level- is an addition to your resume itself and could Drag you from the waiting list and put you into the “accepted ones” list
so on which list would you prefer to be on?

Cuteness and cleverness :
Stop your clever playing on words; they don’t belong in a resume, and they don’t belong in a cover letter, either. And what you may consider it a clever statement,couldn’t be considerd appropriate. and you sure don’t want to risk your career….

Irrelevance and empty additions :
who reads your resume might be interested in one thing -in what he asked for-, so this need to be given a priority, any information in your resume that doesn’t contribute an answer to this basic question is irrelevant. If you’re a college graduate, you don’t have to mention the high school you attended…. this shows whether you deserve serious consideration as a candidate or your resume would end up thrown in a bin
the choice is yours to make………..!

Vagueness and ambiguity :
Ambiguity occurs when you mention a job task,title, or a some abbreviations that nobody other than you and the person you used to work with/for are going to undrestand, such as Asst. VP, RTP Div… It seems as well unprofessional to fail mentioning exactely what you were responsible for in your precedente career…. clearness is required.

In case you have specific references Never list  them directly on your resume. List them on a separate sheet, and even then, submit them only when requested. You can use phrases such as “References: Available upon request,” it’s highly optional because it is a certinty that you will provide references only upon request…….

Overpersonalizing :
Besides the basics — your name, address, and phone number — you’re not supposed to include in your resume any information that relates to your personal life. like your age, your weight, your height, the color of your hair, the kind child you used to be, the number of kids you have, or even wether you brush your teeth before sleeping or not……. there are looking for an employer not a friend to make…. save you’re profile to you’re facebook account…

Resumespeak :
The most effective resumes are written after drawing a plan, with simple language, professional and businesslike,in addition to avoiding slang and trendy words.But be wary as well of business  terms and go easy on “businessese”: words and phrases such as “assisted in the facilitation of” and “optimized.”

UN-professionalism :

  • Do not Use paper or ink in unusual colors (such as pinks and blues) and paper in unusual sizes (anything other than 8-1/2 x 11) demonstrates that you are not a candidate to be taken seriously. You want your qualifications, not your choice of paper or ink, to stand out.
  • It should be printed in black ink on 8-1/2-x-11, preferably white bond, paper.The margins should be at least 1 inch all around
  • The typeface should be simple, unadorned, legible. It should not look like calligraphy — the typeface people use for “sweet 16th” invitations. Although it’s okay to use graphic flourishes such as bullets and boldface for emphasis, remember to keep them to a minimum and avoid them altogether in resumes that are destined for optical scanners.
  • Stick to a single typeface in a single size.
  • The information in the resume should be presented in short, quick-legible paragraphs.
  • Make sure that no extraneous pen or pencil marks or correction fluid appear on the resume.