Resume do's and dont's

Resume Recommendations

Tailor your choice of content so that it’s highly relevant to the type of job you are applying to
Use bullet points and try to keep each point to one line where possible
Each bullet point should be succinctly written and get the point across clearly
Where possible try to quantify achievements with percentages %, numbers # , and dollar $ terms
Use key words that you know are relevant to the positions you are applying for
Under each heading put your most powerful examples first – never save the best until last
Avoid using informal language / slang
Avoid industry specific acronyms and abbreviations (some recruiters hiring or short listing on behalf of their client, may not be experts in the field for which recruiting, therefore could miss valuable skills or expertise relevant to the job)
Use the correct tense when describing past and present accomplishments
Proofread for: readability, conciseness, spelling and grammar.  It is prudent to ask somebody to proof read your resume in case you missed something.

 

Avoid where possible

Including content that is irrelevant to the positions you are applying for as it dilutes your highly relevant points - less is more!
Saving your best credentials for last, remember the initial screening can be as quick as 20 seconds (for this reason we highly recommend including a “summary of qualifications” section at the very beginning of your resume. Learn more >>
Using personal pronouns such (my, me, I)
Including scanned copies of qualifications or certificates with your application (unless specifically requested)
Including a photo, unless specifically requested (research indicates including a photo can be detrimental to your application). Learn more >>
Printing your resume on textured or coloured paper (neither scans well)