Don’t worry you’re not alone, writing a resume is intimidating for everyone. What makes it difficult to knowing what to add, what not to, what to highlight, what to de-emphasize, etc. HR professionals and hiring managers receive hundreds of resumes for any given position, and on average, they will spend about 10-30 seconds on yours. Organizing information wrongly could cost you a shot at an interview, and is a very common mistake made by job seekers.

You can use these tips for writing a good resume.

Format of Resume

Use always (Microsoft Word) format. When you are filling your resume in job sites, you need the text format and when you are sending resume through mail, it’s better to send the (Microsoft Word) format.

Size of Resume

Try to see to it that the (Microsoft Word) resume file size is less than 100 KB.

Make Sure to Use the Right Keywords

Most companies are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords. Guess what, if your resume doesn’t have the keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be out even before the game starts.

Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff

From your resume such as marital status, citizenship, irrelevant awards and memberships, second mailing address, traveling background, previous salary etc. All these things will not only add to the length of the resume, but will also bore the hiring manager. After all, such information will hardly determine whether you will get a job or not.

Write Useful Information

Many job seekers think a generalized resume describing everything they have ever done is a great way to show their experience and skills. This is not true. You should only include information that is useful to the job you are applying for.

Proofread it Twice

After you have finalized your resume, check it again and again for errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. A resume with lots of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes drives recruiters crazy. If you can’t proofread your resume yourself, get a friend or a professional do it for you!

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