There’s so much advice out there these days about how to write a resume that will really get you noticed. At Barstow Strong Employment Agency, we work with our clients to make sure they’re putting their best foot forward in order to find them the roles they’re looking for.
This guide to writing a good resume is designed to give you the tools you need to avoid the most common mistakes!
Leave Out Your Personal Interests
It’s a resume, not a dating profile. Yes, you might be proud of your metal band or your 5-aside soccer team, but an employer only wants to see the information that lets them know if you’re right for their project. Be sure you write about your employable skills rather than anything outside of this scope.
Pictures are Not Necessary
Lead with your achievements rather than your appearance! At Barstow Strong Employment Agency, we won’t judge or discriminate, but we can’t guarantee that from others in the industry.
Ensure you’ve avoided basic spelling and grammatical errors by using your word processor’s spellcheck feature and have a friend or family member read through it and see you’ve used the correct your or you’re and they’re, there and their. These seem like silly mistakes but it can make you look like someone who is careless. It’s also vital to check it reads well too!
Keep it Short
Employers and recruitment agencies receive a huge number of resumes every week, which means it’s vital to keep it short, punchy and to the point. Aim for an absolute maximum of two pages and let your prospective employer know everything they need to about you as quickly as possible.
Avoid Text Boxes
Though these might make your resume look great on your computer, differences in editions and word processors can throw the alignment off and make the resume almost unreadable. PDFs can be difficult too so stick to word, openoffice or something similar.
What you should keep in:
- Full name
- Full postal address and zipcode
- Contact phone number (cell and landline if possible)
- Email address (keep it professional e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org rather than email@example.com)
- Related qualifications and expiry dates for any tickets/cards you hold
- Work History:
– Who you’ve worked for
– Job title for each role
– The dates you have worked at each company
– Your duties and projects
- References available on request (ensure you have reference names and phone numbers ready)